Centre-back Canham goes goal-crazy in nine-goal Berko blitz

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Centre-back Ed Canham helped himself to four headed goals as Berkhamsted thrashed Hatfield Town 9-1 to climb into the top-three places in the SSML Premier Division.

It was a comprehensive victory for Berko, but the Comrades could have been forgiven for thinking that it was not to be their night after a frustrating first few minutes.

First, a shot from Connor Calcutt came back off the underside of the bar from a Frankie Jowle cross and then Hatfield broke to take an early lead.

However, Berko battled back and forced a succession of corners - and the pattern for the night was set when a Josh Chamberlain delivery found Canham who headed home the equaliser.

Calcutt then carved out a chance for Chamberlain who put the home side in front with a well placed shot midway through the first half.

Moments later a superb ball from Chamberlain switched play to the right wing and Jowle’s cross was converted by Calcutt.

Berko maintained their intensity and scored three more goals at the Railway End before half-time.

The Chamberlain corner and Canham header combination made it 4-1, before Chamberlain tapped in a Calcutt cross for the fifth goal.

A long ball from keeper Carl Tasker then bounced up and Canham out-jumped Calcutt to claim his hat-trick by looping the ball over the keeper to make it 6-1 at half-time.

Berko manager Mick Vipond took the opportunity to rotate his side and introduced Ben Butler and James Bent from the bench at half-time.

The Comrades were soon into their stride after the re-start and a low shot from Jordon Frederick made it 7-1.

Canham scored his fourth of the night and the team’s eighth goal with yet another header, before another Chamberlain corner was headed home by skipper Dale Sears to make it 9-1.

The only question was whether Berko would reach double figures, and the post foiled substitute Ashley Morrissey before Bent had a goal disallowed for off-side.

No further goals arrived but it was still a night to remember for Berko as they went away with their biggest win since reaching the SSML Premier Division.

The goals were enough to move Berko above AFC Dunstable on goal difference after they drew at London Colney, and also enabled them to overtake Colney Heath.

It equalled the club record of seven wins in a calendar month.

On Saturday Berko have another Premier Division game at Stotfold, before the Comrades entertain AFC Dunstable in the Premier Division Cup on Tuesday night.

Hullbridge Sports will be Berko’s destination for the FA Vase on Saturday, November 16 after they won their replay with Swaffham Town 4-3 after extra-time on Tuesday night.

Elsewhere, Berko’s reserve side are at home to Newport Pagnell Town on Saturday, while the U18s go to Chesham United on Thursday.