Comrades robbed by league leaders

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Dunstable Town 1
 Berkhamsted 0

Only a very late header from a disputed free-kick gave league leaders Dunstable Town the points against Berkhamsted on Tuesday night.

Paul Taylor was kept very busy in the home goal in the first half, as Berko dominated large chunks of the game.

Comrades midfielder Dan Griggs was only denied the opening goal by a clearance of the line, while Myles Stephenson’s pace was causing all sorts of trouble for the Dunstable defence.

Lewis Pritchard held the ball well up front, ensuring the Berko defence were untroubled for most of the game.

Taylor produced a good save to keep out a Stephenson shot early in the second half, and Frank Jowle sent over numerous corners but the Dunstable defence held firm.

Comrades manager Mick Vipond sent on a couple of substitutes in a bid to win the game but it was Town who made the breakthrough against the run of play with an highly contentious 88th-minute goal.

Dale Sears won the ball with a strong tackle but was adjudged to have committed a foul on the follow-through.

The resulting free-kick was whipped into the box, and substitute Darren Pickering flicked the ball past Berko keeper Carl Tasker at the back post to snatch the three points for his side.

The Comrades will be looking to make amends on Saturday when they play host to Colney Heath in a league fixture.

Vipond hopes to have close to a full squad available for the game, with Lewis Rodrigoe and leading scorer Lawrence Bunker expected to return to the side.

Jamie Gavin, however, is an injury doubt.