Comrades triumph in breathless encounter

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Berkhamsted 3 Broxbourne Borough 2

BERKHAMSTED emerged victorious in a five-goal thriller at Broadwater as they edged past Broxbourne Borough.

Goalkeeper Ed Farmer was the hero for Berkhamsted as he saved a penalty five minutes from time to ensure his side bagged all three points.

Broxbourne had taken the lead through Dean Williams’ 20th minute effort, but Berkhamsted always looked threatening at the other end.

And the Comrades were duly rewarded for their attacking endeavour with an equaliser after the interval.

A Tyler Hatherly free-kick was only half-cleared by visiting keeper Ed Thompson and Toomey was on hand to pounce on the resulting cross and level the scores.

Visibly buoyed by the goal, the Comrades continued to press – with Lawrence Bunker and Frank Jowle coming close to putting the hosts ahead.

With the pressure on the Broxbourne goal continuing to mount, it appeared only a matter of time until Berko took the lead, and sure enough, the goal arrived on the hour mark.

Stand-in skipper Jim Carmichael came forward and followed in his own shot off the post to put his side in front.

Borough, though, were not about to lay down without a fight, and captain Leon Skinner almost produced an immediate equaliser as his effort came back off the upright.

But in an end-to-end encounter, it was Berko who struck next to give themselves a two-goal cushion.

Jowle beat a couple of players before laying the ball to Adam Mead, whose cross was tucked away by Bunker.

Again the visitors responded, though, and they reduced the deficit as Williams got his second goal of the game, calmly slotting past Farmer.

Louis Collins then hit the bar for Borough as they pressed for the equaliser, before the defining moment of the match arrived.

With 5 minutes to go, Mead was shown a red card as he dived in to try and win the ball, resulting in a Broxbourne penalty.

Chris Doyle stepped up with the chance to restore parity and rescue a point for his side – but with the collective weight of the Broadwater faithful resting on his shoulders, Farmer produced a superb stop to secure the win for the home side.

“It was a great game to watch and everyone in the ground enjoyed it,” said Berko boss Mick Vipond.

“Ed Farmer pulled off a great penalty save, although I must admit, I couldn’t actually bring myself to watch it!”

“We’ve still got a lot of players unavailable but we’ve only lost one of the last eight games and we’re hanging in there.”