Holmer Green 0 Berkhamsted 3
BERKHAMSTED made it two wins on the spin with a comfortable victory against struggling Holmer Green.
After their morale-boosting Dacorum derby triumph over Levy Green on Saturday, Mick Vipond’s young Berko side put in another good display to take the three points against nine-man Green.
Reserve team regular Scott Mcpherson impressed on his first team debut, and a Josh Chamberlain brace and an own-goal earned a deserved win.
Berko began brightly, with teenagers Connnor Calcutt and Chamberlain breaking through on goal, only to see their efforts saved by Holmer Green keeper Sam Buning.
Soon afterwards, Calcutt had another chance to shoot but unselfishly passed to Jon Davies who produced another save from Buning.
It was surprising that Berko could not get a goal in the first half against a team just above the relegation zone, and Green had shouts for a penalty turned down shortly before the interval.
The turning point of the game came in the 56th minute when Courtney Francis was tripped just outside the penalty area by last man Gary Pape, who was shown a red card as a result.
A short free-kick by Chamberlain was crossed by Josh Smith, and Dale Sears headed the ball back across goal and inside the post, only to see the effort disallowed for offside.
McPherson was promoted from the Reserves and came on for Franics, and his incisive passing helped settle the match in Berko’s favour.
He combined with Danny Power and split the defence with a pass that released Calcutt, whose cross from the right wing was helped into his own net by Green’s Steve Scott-Macaire.
And the Comrades’ task was made easier shortly afterwards as the persistent fouling of Josh Smith ended with a second yellow card for Green’s Gary Lines, meaning Berko had to play against only nine men for the rest of the game.
In the last minute of normal time, Mcpherson sprayed the ball out to Lewis Rodrigoe who crossed from the left wing for Chamberlain to make it 2-0.
And Chamberlain scored again in injury time with a free kick that possibly brushed Smith before bouncing in at the far post.