Berkhamsted 3 Harefield United 2
BERKHAMSTED continued their recent resurgence with a battling 3-2 win over Harefield United to make it three wins on the spin.
A late effort from Tyler Hatherley – his second goal of the game – as well as a single from top-scorer Lawrence Bunker, was enough for Mick Vipond’s side to take all three points.
The Comrades introduced new signing Frankie Jowle to their starting line-up and the ex-London Colney man almost made an immediate impact.
In the very first minute of the game, Jowle picked the ball up and came inches from making a dream start to life at Broadwater, but saw his effort come back off the post.
And minutes later, Bunker headed the ball against the bar as Berko started to dominate.
The home side continued to press and were finally rewarded in the 23rd minute when Bunker again hit the bar, but the diminutive Hatherley was on hand to nod the rebound home.
With the home side controlling the game, Harefield were relieved to go in at half-time trailing by just one goal, especially after Jowle’s lob drifted narrowly wide.
There was no reprieve for Harefield at the start of the second half, though, and Berko deservedly doubled their advantage.
Russel Clark’s fierce effort was spilled by Ben Goode, and Bunker reacted quickest to slot home.
Seemingly thinking the game was now won, a hint of complacency crept into the Comrades’ performance and Jack Reader halved the deficit for Harefield almost immediately after the restart.
And the away side, visibly buoyed by the goal, began to believe they could get something out of the game.
They started to press with more intensity, and were rewarded with an equaliser from the spot in the 67th minute.
The handball decision appeared harsh, but Neil Perrin stepped up to slam the ball home and restore parity.
But to their credit, Berkhamsted fought back in determined fashion to take all three points.
After chances at both ends, Hatherley pounced in stoppage time to fire home from 20 yards and snatch the win for Berko.
Having experienced a sticky patch of form, the Comrades have dug deep in recent games to climb to eighth in the MSSML Division One league table.
“The starts we are making are incredible,” said Berko boss Vipond. “We went 2-0 up and were looking comfortable, but then we switched of.
“It’s natural that people at all levels of the game get nervy and make mistakes – we’re no different from professionals.”