Vipond’s super subs do the damage as Comrades march on

James Towell, in yellow, helped Berkhamsted to victory over Hoddesdon Town. Picture (c) Richard Solk
James Towell, in yellow, helped Berkhamsted to victory over Hoddesdon Town. Picture (c) Richard Solk

Berkhamsted 3
 Hoddesdon Town 2

Berkhamsted maintained their impressive run of form as they saw off Hoddesdon Town at Broadwater on Saturday afternoon.

With the scores locked at 1-1 midway through the second half, Berko boss Mick Vipond introduced Adiel Mannion and Ashley Morrison from the bench – and they both found the net to earn the three points for the hosts.

“You don’t get better substitutions than bringing on two players and then seeing them both score,” said Vipond.

“There is a lot of competition for places at the moment which is a very good thing for me as a manager.

“We perhaps made hard work of it on Saturday if I’m honest. We should have won 3-1 really but we have a young squad who are still learning.”

Berko had taken an early lead when Jamie Gavin bent the ball in from the right hand side of the penalty area, but Hoddesdon’s Adam Bolle equalised before the interval with a header.

There were further chances at either end before half-time, but the scores remained level until the introduction of Mannion and Morrison.

Mannion put the Comrades in front when he cut in from the right wing and bent his shot in at the far post and Morrisey made it 3-1 when he beat two men on the left of the penalty area and fired home.

Hoddesdon pulled a goal back deep into injury time when Bolle headed home his second of the game, but Berko held on for a well deserved three points.

The victory keeps Berkhamsted in the top-five of the SSML Premier Division, and the Comrades could climb to the league summit if they win their games in hand.