Harefield United 0 Berkhamsted 3
A YOUTHFUL Comrades side returned to winning ways with a convincing away win at Harefield United
A fine team performance saw Berko hit three goals away from home for the second time in five days and, in contrast to the 4-3 defeat to Haringey on Tuesday, Mick Vipond’s side stayed tight at the other end to take the points.
“We’ve been playing well for a number of weeks but not getting the results so I’m not overly surprised to have picked up the win,” said Vipond.
“We had been making silly mistakes and getting punished for it, but now we’ve picked up a clean sheet and that breeds confidence.
“We went 1-0 up but they responded well and had us pegged back before we came back again in the second half.”
Vipond has previously stated his intention to use the remainder of the season to blood some of his younger players into the first team, and the Comrades boss was delighted at the way the youngsters have taken their chance.
“There’s not really any pressure on us at the moment and the young players have come on leaps and bounds in the past month,” he said.
“We’ve got to send the message out to parents that they can send their boys down to Berko because they will get a chance.
“When young players get in the team here, they can enjoy themselves and maybe even put themselves in the shop window – you never know who might be watching.
“We still want to try and win as many games as we can but now it’s really about sewing the seeds for next season.”
It was one of Vipond’s young guns who gave Berko the lead against Harefield on Saturday, with Josh Chamberlain nodding home a long throw from Danny Power after just three minutes.
Vipond had to reshuffle his pack when Simon Carmichael picked up a neck injury, and it was his replacement, Jon Davies, who doubled the lead early in the second half.
Teenager Jordan Frederick – recently signed from Hemel Town – was tripped as he cut into the area, and Davies had no trouble in dispatching the resulting spot-kick.
That effectively ended the game as a contest and, with 10 minutes left, hot young prospect Connor Calcutt got his customary goal as he slotted home from a Steve Hawes free-kick to complete the scoring.