Comrades do themselves proud in narrow friendly defeat to Wingate & Finchley


Berkhamsted gave Ryman Premier Division side Wingate & Finchley a good run for their money in a 2-1 friendly defeat last night.

The Comrades opened the scoring through Josh Chamberlain in the 20th minute when he got on the end of a cross and netted with a shot past visiting keeper Bobby Smith.

Five minutes later, Berko came close to doubling their lead when Smith was beaten again by a James Towell shot but the ball rebounded to safety after hitting the post.

The Comrades played good passing football, particularly in the first half, with Connor Calcutt missing a golden chance to score with most of the goal to aim at.

The visitors are from two divisions higher than Berko, though, and fought back into the game with a well-worked goal that was finished off by Leon Smith.

And just before the interval, Smith got what proved to be the winning goal with an acrobatic bicycle kick with his back to goal.

There were no goals in the second half which – surprising considering the number of substitutions made – but both teams managed to keep their shape well.

Calcutt and Ashley Morrissey, who had come on for the injured Chamberlain, went closest for Berko.

> Home supporters will get excellent value for money on Saturday when Berko have a double header of friendlies with Southend Manor at Broadwater.

The reserve match kicks off at 1.45pm and the first team follow up at 4pm.

On Tuesday, Berko’s first team take on Tring Corinthians at Broadwater.