Dacorum derby delight for Comrades in the cup

Berkhamsted versus Tring in the St Mary's Cup final. Pictures courtesy of Colin Sturges, Okewood Imagery
Berkhamsted versus Tring in the St Mary's Cup final. Pictures courtesy of Colin Sturges, Okewood Imagery

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 Tring Athletic 1

Berkhamsted FC picked up their first trophy since the club was formed four seasons ago as they saw off Dacroum rivals Tring Athletic in the St Mary’s Cup final.

Berkhamsted versus Tring in the St Mary's Cup final. Pictures courtesy of Colin Sturges, Okewood Imagery

Berkhamsted versus Tring in the St Mary's Cup final. Pictures courtesy of Colin Sturges, Okewood Imagery

On a sunny bank holiday Monday in front of Berkhamsted’s largest home crowd of the season, Berko earned the win with goals from Dale Sears, Connor Calcutt and Jordon Frederick.

It was a comfortable victory for Berko, and manager Mick Vipond was understandably pleased with his side’s display.

“It was very good and we played very, very well,” said Vipond. “It is a nice way to end the season, for sure.

“They say there were 240 people there but I think there were closer to 300 so it was a good atmosphere.”

Berkhamsted versus Tring in the St Mary's Cup final. Pictures courtesy of Colin Sturges, Okewood Imagery

Berkhamsted versus Tring in the St Mary's Cup final. Pictures courtesy of Colin Sturges, Okewood Imagery

Berkhamsted always looked in control of the game after taking the lead in the 18th minute.

Frankie Jowle was brought down on the right wing and the resulting free-kick was launched into the penalty area by Bekim Culaj, allowing skipper Sears to head powerfully over Mike Underwood in the Tring goal.

Carl Tasker pulled off a fine save for Berko just before the interval, but it was game over early in the second half when Calcutt came in from the left side of the penalty area and fired home to double the lead.

It helped him win the man of the match award in memory of Mick Piatek and also ensured he finished as Berko’s top scorer this season.

Ten minutes later, Berko were three up when Frederick headed in for his first goal of 2013.

The Comrades brought on three substitutes in the last quarter of an hour to share the glory, but Tring got a consolation goal with a James Butler header from close range.

Berko and Tring will now both focus on strengthening their squads ahead of next season’s MSSML Premier Division campaign.