Gavin back with a bang as Comrades cruise to 5-0 victory

Berkhamsted moved back up to second in the table after a convincing 5-0 win in the driving rain on Saturday in front of another good crowd.

It took them some time to break down the Oxhey Jets defence but three goals in a 15 minute burst before half time sealed the points.

Injury has kept Jamie Gavin out of the starting line up for almost two months, but he returned with a bang on Saturday, heading the first two goals.

Both were from fine crosses from the right wing, the first provided by James Bent which Gavin deftly flicked inside the post and the second courtesy of Josh Chamberlain.

Jordon Frederick left a string of defenders in his wake as he dribbled down the left wing and cut into the penalty area to shoot across goal for the third score.

A defender hauled down Gavin and leading scorer Connor Calcutt rammed home the resulting penalty to make it 4-0 in the second half.

Youngsters Adiel Mannion and James Shaw were given the chance to shine replacing the injured Steve Hawes and James Bent in a double substitution.

Shaw was very unlucky not to open his first team account, with shots striking the crossbar and the post.

The recovery from injury stories continued with the final goal resulting from a mazy run past five defenders by Mannion, and after a shot was blocked Aaron Usmani – another who has had a long injury lay off – netted the rebound.

Ampthill Town remain top, two points clear, after hitting Stotfold for six on Saturday.

Berkhamsted: Tasker; Gavin, Copson, Rodrigoe, Canham, Hawes(Mannion) Towell, Bent(Shaw), Calcutt, Frederick , Chamberlain(Usmani),. Subs not used Morrissey & Osborne.

The reserve game away to Southall was postponed.

Berkhamsted can go top for the first time this season tomorrow night if they can win at home to Hertford Town.

Frankie Jowle, Dale Sears and Dan Griggs may all be available to return for this clash between the two best supported teams in the division.

The first team have a blank Saturday but Tring Athletic reserves visit Broadwater to play Berkhamsted in the Suburban Shield on Saturday.

The first team will be in action again on Tuesday, February 4, in the quarter final of the Premier Division Cup when they entertain Hoddesdon Town.

Ed Canham misses that match with a suspension as do James Bent and Jordon Frederick.