Berkhamsted 0 Aylesbury United 3
Berkhamsted lost for the first time in their eight matches so far this season as a second half hat-trick from Stacey Field earned the points for Aylesbury United.
The curse of centre-backs struck again for the Comrades before the match and they have now started with a different duo at the back in every game so far.
This time, skipper Dale Sears was forced to replace a work colleague on the morning of the match, while his replacement Craig Preston was taken to hospital with a dislocated shoulder early in the game.
The other starting centre-back, Louis West, had to retire with a hamstring injury in the second half.
Berko, however, started the game well and United keeper Jack Sillitoe was forced into a fine stop to deny Jordon Frederick.
Lawrence Bunker thought he should have had a penalty when he was pushed to the ground after Josh Chamberlain played him in, while at the other end, Aylesbury went close with a couple of free-kicks that narrowly missed the target.
United eventually opened the scoring in the second half when Field broke down the middle and hit a good shot past Carl Tasker.
West came off soon afterwards, and young substitute Charles Creasy brought down Zac Reynolds for a penalty that was dispatched by Field.
A header from Berko’s Connor Calcutt struck the bar but bounced clear, before Field completed his hat-trick with a back-post header that hit the upright but bounced over the line.
The Berkhamsted Reserves, meanwhile, picked up a 1-0 over Tring Athletic in midweek, courtesy of a goal from Chris Chance.
They had the day off on Saturday but entertain Leighton Town this Saturday.
Elsewhere, the Comrades’ U18 side made a superb start to their Delphian League campaign, thrashing Chesham United 5-0 with goals from Yusef Seodi, Jordan Aikman, Mitchell Cole, Connor Toomey and Ashley Morrisey.