Berko stay in the hunt after hatful of wins

Berkhamsted Ladies' 1s against Potters Bar
Berkhamsted Ladies' 1s against Potters Bar

IT was another good weekend for Berkhamsted hockey as the ladies’ 1s and men’s 2s, 3s, 4s and 5s all picked up wins to keep their promotion dreams alive.

Particularly pleasing for the club was a clean sweep of three wins against Hertford, while the pick of the results was the ladies’ 5-0 victory in their table top-of-the-table clash with Potters Bar.

That result means that the ladies look to have secured promotion to Division Two. They were on top for the entire match and played some of their best hockey of the season.

Claire Barrett Mould opened the scoring after ten minutes as she calmly rounded the keeper to slot the ball home, before 14-year-old Abi Lawlor made it 2-0.

The second half saw Berko push forward and Faye Potton smashed home the third, before Lawlor added two more goals to complete her hat-trick. Player of the match went to Hartiette Holderness.

The men’s second XI, meanwhile, kept up their promotion push with a hard-fought 4-0 win at Hertford.

After withstanding sustained pressure in the first half, Berko came to life after the break and efforts from Paul Twitby (2), Tupper Hodges and an own-goal sealed the points. Man of the match was keeper DiDi Seymour.

Elsewhere, the men’s thirds made it 15 games unbeaten as Ben Moorhouse (2), Iwan Roberts (2) and Mark Robinson earned a 5-0 win at Royston, while the fourths saw off Hertford 4-3.

James Russell notched his first and second ever goals for Berko, and Steve Redman and Willie Love completed the scoring.

The fifth side also had the winning feeling as they returned from Hertford with a 1-0 win.

Berkhamsted dominated both territory and possession, and man of the match Mike Whitaker scored the winner with an unstoppable shot.

It was not such good news for the men’s first team, however, as they were beaten 5-2 by Welwyn despite goals from Rocky Savage and man of the match Pete Allam.

> Pic - The Berko ladies celebrate a goal against Potters Bar.