Unbeaten Berko hammer Hadley

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Berkhamsted 4
 Hadley 1

Berkhamsted maintained their unbeaten start to the season with their second win over Hadley in the space of four days.

After knocking Hadley out the FA Cup on Saturday, the Comrades saw off their opponents once again to move up seven places to 12th in the MSSML Premier Division table.

Striker Lawrence Bunker was the star man for Berko, bagging a hat-trick, while Lewis Pritchard also got his name on the scoresheet in an impressive display from the Berko front men.

Hadley perhaps edged things in the first half, but they could not find a finishing touch to their build-up play and were made to pay five minutes before half-time.

Bunker gave the Comrades the lead from the penalty spot after being fouled in the area, and it was soon 2-0 to the hosts as Lewis Pritchard fired home from the edge of the box.

In the second half, Nick Chrysanthiou and Alan Murray had good chances to pull a goal back for Hadley, but neither could hit the target with just goalkeeper Carl Tasker to beat.

Dale Sears made a goal-line clearance from a shot by Dan Quattromini as the visitors kept pressing, and Hadley finally got their reward as Chas Bayford came off the bench and headed home from a set piece.

That set up a grandstand last 20 minutes, but the Comrades held strong and wrapped up the win late on as Bunker struck twice to complete his hat-trick with a second penalty and a fierce long range strike.

Next up for Berko is a home clash with Aylesbury United on Saturday, before the Comrades host Biggleswade United on Tuesday night.

Manager Mick Vipond has not had a settled centre-back pairing so far this season, but hopes to have Craig Preston available again to add to his options.

On Saturday, September 8, Berkhamsted face a potential glamour tie in the FA Cup against Wembley FC.

At the time the Gazette went to press, Wembley were preparing for a replay with Uxbridge FC.