Derby delight for Berko as Calcutt downs Tring

Connor Calcutt, centre, bagged the winner for Berko. Picture (c) Richard Solk
Connor Calcutt, centre, bagged the winner for Berko. Picture (c) Richard Solk

Berkhamsted earned Dacorum bragging rights as they kept their SSML Premier Division title hopes alive with a 1-0 win over Tring Athletic at Broadwater.

Connor Calcutt was the hero for the Comrades as he bagged the decisive goal in the second half to keep his side five points behind table topping Ampthill Town with two games in hand.

The game was a closely-fought affair, with both teams battling hard from the off but struggling to create much in the way of clear goalscoring opportunities.

Athletic nearly presented Berko with a goal when they carelessly lost the ball near the halfway line which set Calcutt free, but his cross was thumped over the bar by Jordon Frederick.

Just before half hour mark a stretching Josh Chamberlain headed a good cross over for the hosts, but Athletic retaliated with a swift break by Chris Vardy who picked out Matt Myatt in space in front of goal but his shot was saved and the best chance of the half went begging.

Berko started the second half strongly and substitute James Towell saw his effort cleared off the line from a Calcutt cross.

The Comrades’ physical superiority was starting to show, and the winning goal came with around 30 minutes left to play when a fine 40-yard pass picked out the unmarked Culcutt on the right and he ran at the Athletic defence before firing a shot past Liam Watson.

Winger Ashley Morrissey came on for full-back Dan Griggs as Berko went for more goals and an acrobatic Ed Canham half-volley was saved by Liam Thomas.

Tring’s best hope of an equaliser came when a poor back-pass was seized upon by Greg Deer and although Tasker was out of his area he still managed to divert the shot wide for a corner.

Towell was dismissed late on for dissent, but Berko held on for the vital three points.

The defeat leaves Tring in 10th place in the division, but they will take heart from a battling display against a Berko side who have lost only three league games this season.