Comrades lose out to St Margaretsbury

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Berkhamsted 1 St Margaretsbury 2

Berkhamsted were unlucky to suffer defeat at the hands of St Margaretsbury as their poor home form continued.

Comrades boss Mick Vipond had to reshuffle the defence from the team that beat Harefield, with Dale Sears and Jon Davies coming in to replace the injured Simon Carmichael and Lewis Rodrigoe.

The reshaped team knocked the ball around well in the opening stages but could not manage to apply the finishing touch.

The majority of the goalmouth action was saved for the last five minutes of the half – starting with the visitors clipping the top of the bar with a free–kick.

Soon afterwards, Berko thought they had taken the lead when Jim Carmichael shot home, but the goal was chalked off for a push in the build-up.

And to make things worse for the Comrades, Adam Lawton gave St Margaretsbury the lead just before half-time.

The Berko players stopped, expecting a free-kick to be awarded, and a speculative shot from long distance sailed over Ed Farmer to dip just under the crossbar at the last moment.

The hosts looked for a response, and Connor Calcutt shot wide after good build-up play from Matt Wardle.

However, it was St Margaretsbury who bagged the crucial second goal as Leigh Rose ran through into the penalty area unopposed to shoot past the exposed Farmer.

Berko finished the game in attacking mode as they looked to salvage a point, with Frankie Jowle firing over the bar.

And Jowle then provided the cross for skipper Dale Sears to head powerfully into the net to make it 2-1.

The Comrades tried hard in the remaining time to rescue a point, but it was not to be for Vipond’s side.