Colney Heath 1 Berkhamsted 3
BERKHAMSTED ended the season on a high as they made it five wins on the spin with victory at Colney Heath.
Jamie Gavin, Josh Chamberlain and Jordan Frederick got the goals for Berko, while Heath were reduced to nine men in the second half as ill-discipline cost them once again.
The win was enough to secure seventh place in the table for the Comrades in their first season in the MSSML Premier Division, and capped off a good campaign for Mick Vipond’s side.
“It’s nice to finish the season with a bit of a flourish,” said Berko boss Vipond.
“If it hadn’t been for a poor run in the middle of the season, we could have finished a couple of places higher.
“It was easy to get carried away after how well we had done over the past two years, but I was aiming for a top-six finish and we have finished just outside that so I’m pleased.”
The Comrades made a bright start on Saturday, and Gavin seized on the opportunity to replace the suspended Danny Power as he headed the visitors in front after 12 minutes.
Heath responded well, though, and were back on level terms after 30 minutes as Jack Coombs fired home.
The hosts could have gone in front soon afterwards, but Berko keeper Ed Farmer produced a fine save to keep the scores level.
The turning point in the match came shortly before half-time, as the home side – already missing four players through suspension – were reduced to 10 men as a result of a second yellow card.
There was still time for Heath to squander a glorious opportunity before the interval, however, as Farmer conceded a penalty, before making amends with a good stop to deny Ian Cooper.
Berko began to take control of proceedings after the break, and the Comrades took the lead through teenager Chamberlain.
Frederick added a third as the Heath began to tire, and the hosts were reduced to nine men as a second player was given his marching orders as a result of two yellow cards.
From then on, there was only going to be one winner, and Berko held on comfortably for the three points..
Despite the gruelling campaign having only just finished, Berko boss Vipond admits that he is already looking ahead to next season.
“It’s going to be a busy time for me over the next few weeks,” he said. “I’ll be talking to players and things like that.
“We’re looking forward to next season and we’ve already had some interest from new players.
“We’ve got to be realistic about next season – hopefully we can build on what we have achieved this year and climb a few places in the table.”