Comrades win keeps the Vase dream alive

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FOOTBALL: Berkhamsted recorded their first ever FA Vase win on Saturday as they saw off Stotfold at Broadwater.

Tony Burnett was again the hero for Berko – maintaining his record of scoring all of the Comrades’ goals in FA competitions so far this season.

The hosts nearly got off to a flyer as a great cross from Matty Wardle hit the knee of Simon Carmichael, but Stotfold scrambled the ball off the line.

New Berko signing Tyler Hatherly then tested Stotfold keeper Scott Waters with a free-kick, before Burnett and Usmani also came close to doubling the advantage.

Despite the Comrades’ superiority, the sides went in level at half-time and both teams pushed for the opener after the interval.

It was beginning to look like the tie was heading for extra-time as chances were not being converted, but the vital breakthrough came 15 minutes from time.

A moment of brilliance from Wardle gave the Berko man a yard of space to deliver a deep cross to the back post, and Burnett was on hand to seal his side’s progression into the next round of the competition.

“It was a good win,” said Berko boss Mick Vipond. “We played well in a game of few chances.

“The Vase final (at Wembley) is the dream – you have to play well and play consistently but why not believe we can get there?”