Herts Charity Shield dreams over as Comrades get off to a losing start

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Berkhamsted 0
 Hoddesdon Town 2

Berkhamsted were knocked out of the Herts Charity Shield by Hoddesdon in the Comrades’ first competitive match of the season.

Berko boss Mick Vipond gave first team debuts to four players, including defenders Tom Hardy, Glen Donnelley and Jack Copson, while former Egham Town player Steve Coultas came into midfield.

Hoddesdon served an early warning when Dave Pigden headed over the bar, but soon afterwards Robbie Carroll beat the offside trap and ran on to score with a cool lob over Carl Tasker to open the scoring.

Berko could have equalised before the interval but a Josh Chamberlain header was inches too high.

Jordon Frederick and Adam Mead picked up a yellow card each either side of half time as Berko’s frustration showed, but Frederick hit Berko’s best shot of the day – a real piledriver that was foiled by Jayden Purdue’s fine save.

It looked like Berko might manage an equaliser amidst a flurry of substitutions but, with five minutes left, Hoddesdon doubled their lead.

Berko lost possession in midfield and the ball fell to Jamie Brandon who drew out Tasker before squaring for substitute Dave Brewington to tap in at the back post.