There’s no stopping high-flying Berko as impressive run goes on

Berkhamsted, pictured in action earlier this season, kept up their 100 per cent home record on Saturday. Picture (c) Richard Solk
Berkhamsted, pictured in action earlier this season, kept up their 100 per cent home record on Saturday. Picture (c) Richard Solk

Third-placed Berkhamsted maintained their 100 per cent home record so far this season and closed the gap on SSML Premier Division leaders Ampthill Town with a 4-0 victory over London Colney.

The in-form Comrades were unchanged for a fourth consecutive game but almost suffered an early set-back when London Colney saw a goal ruled out for offside.

Frankie Jowle failed to convert either of two good chances at the other end, while a foul in the build-up led to another disallowed London Coney goal from James Hill.

The visitors had slightly edged the first 20 minutes or so, but Berko centre-back Ed Canham headed into the top corner to give the home side the lead mid-way through the first half.

And the advantage was doubled when goalkeeper Charlie May was caught in possession, allowing leading scorer Connor Calcutt to make it 2-0 before the interval.

In the second half, a Greg Shaw free-kick struck the post and Berko scrambled the ball away as it took some determined defending for the Comrades to hang on to their lead.

However, any doubts about a Berko victory were diminished with an excellent goal from Jordon Frederick who connected with Jowle’s delivery to the back post with a textbook diving header.

With the game won, Berko manager Mick Vipond brought on James Towell and Ashley Morrissey and the Comrades nearly made it 4-0 when Steve Hawes broke clear and rounded the keeper only to be foiled by defenders getting back to clear.

The hosts were not to be denied their fourth, though, and Calcutt went round May before tapping home to seal a good afternoon’s work from Vipond’s men.

“They came at us a bit and we were indebted to our goalkeeper who made two excellent saves,” he said.

“But we scored two excellent goals to go in at half-time 2-0 up and it was a pleasing result in the end.”

A draw for table-topping Ampthill means that Berko are now 10 points behind their rivals with four games in hand, and Vipond is hoping his team can maintain their current form to produce a sustained title challenge.

“I always say to the players that the first thing you have to do is get the mindset right,” he said.

“But my main worry is that all of a sudden you pick up some injuries and suspensions, and then the squad starts to look a bit thin.

“So I’m always looking to improve the squad by bringing in new players, and hopefully we can do that.”

Berko travel to Hemel FC’s Vauxhall Road ground on Wednesday to take on bottom team London Lions.

A win for the Comrades would cut Ampthill’s lead to seven points and would also allow Berko to leapfrog second-placed Hanwell Town.