The Comrades stay on course for defence of their crown

James Towell, in yellow, returned to the starting line-up for Berkhamsted. Picture (c) Richard Solk
James Towell, in yellow, returned to the starting line-up for Berkhamsted. Picture (c) Richard Solk

St Mary’s Cup holders Berkhamsted cruised into the semi-finals of the competition with a 4-0 win over Hemel Hempstead Rovers at Broadwater on Tuesday night.

In damp and gloomy conditions, Berko always looked in control of the contest and remain on track for a defence of their crown.

Comrades manager Mick Vipond was without the suspended Ed Canham but selected Jack Copson, James Bent, James Towell, Ashley Morrissey and Ben Butler who have struggled to break into the starting line-up in recent weeks.

And Vipond’s rotation policy paid off early on when Bent opened the scoring following good build-up play on the left from Josh Chamberlain.

Towell then beat three men and curled a shot against the post, before Chamberlain doubled the lead late in the half with a shot that found its way past a defender on the line.

To their credit, Rovers continued to battle but Berko missed a hatful of chances at the Canal End after the interval.

They eventually wrapped up the win when Chamberlain rolled the ball in from a tight angle and Bent added the fourth after good work by substitute Connor Calcutt.

Keiron Turner came on for his Berkhamsted first team debut after some promising performances in the reserves.

The Comrades return to league action on Saturday afternoon with an SSML Premier Division clash against Holmer Green.