Berkhamsted 1 London Colney 0
Berko edged past fourth-placed London Colney as they recorded only their third clean sheet of the season in an entertaining game at Broadwater.
Comrades hit-man Lawrence Bunker headed home the winning goal after 70 minutes, while teenage debutante Ashley Morrissey acquitted himself well in testing conditions.
“It was a cracking game and either side could have won it,” said Berko boss Mick Vipond. “It was tough and competitive and I think we got stronger as the game went on.
“We kept a clean sheet and Bunker took our chance what it came to him, as he usually does.
“Another pleasing aspect was that another youngster came through and did really well for us.”
The game was an end-to-end encounter, with both goalkeepers producing some outstanding saves.
Bunker got the ball in the net but the effort was chalked off, while the back-pedalling Carl Tasker did well to tip a Russell Gallagher shot onto the bar at the Canal End.
Glenn Thompson came off the bench the hour mark, and he had a big part to play in the winning goal.
The substitute whipped in a cross from the left, and leading scorer Bunker got the finishing touch.
Both sides continued to attack, and Morrissey delighted the crowd by playing three one-twos to get behind the London Colney defence, but saw his effort tipped round the post.