High fives in Berko romp

BERKHAMSTED made amends for their 5-0 loss to Kings Langley earlier this season with a 5-1 victory over their fellow title hopefuls.

In front of a bumper Broadwater crowd - including a large number of Raiders players and parents - Berko extended their lead to seven points over Kings at the summit of MSSML Division One.

Hosts Berko took the lead through Anthony Page, before Sam Warrell equalised quickly for the away side.

Dan Wright restored Berko’s lead, before a Tony Burnett Penalty gave Mick Vipond’s siide a two-goal cushion after Chris Colman was felled by Kings keeper Ant Ladyman.

Colman then found the net himself as he converted Matt Wardle’s cross, before Simon Charmichael wrapped up the rout for Berko with the side’s fifth goal.

The win gives Berko a firm grip on the division title, while Kings will need to bounce back quickly to secure second spot in the table.

Berko manager Mick Vipond said: “It was a really good day. We played really well from start to finish.

“They thoroughly deserved to beat us last time but Saturday was our day.

“It was five but it could have been more.”

Vipond, though, insists that the league title is not Berko’s just yet.

“We’ve got to make sure the players keep their focus,” he said.

“All in all it is just another win and another three points - we haven’t won anything yet.”