Eagles swoop to deny Berko in the semis

BERKHAMSTED were sent crashing out of the Herts Senior Centenary Trophy by Letchworth Garden City Eagles on a wet Broadwater pitch on Saturday.

Club officials and supporters worked hard to ensure the pitch was in a playable condition, but could only watch as their team bowed out at the semi-final hurdle.

Mick Vipond’s side took the lead through James Armstrong, before Eagles rallied and took the lead.

Matt Wardle equalised for the home side, but three late goals ensured it was a miserable afternoon for the Broadwater faithful.

It was a disappointing defeat for Berko, who were ucharacteristically poor against an organised Letchworth side.

Berko started brightly, though, and were in front after nine minutes.

Armstrong was clumsily felled in the area, and the front-man picked himself up to coolly dispatch the penalty, taking his tally to 35 goals for the season.

But the visitors struck back with a penalty of their own, before taking the lead through a miscued cross which flew over Berko Keeper Ed Farmer and into the net.

Berko struck back after 65 minutes when Wardle drilled home a Tony Burnett pass to bring his side level, but it was not long before Letchworth regained the lead through a thumping header.

Berko pushed for an equaliser, but it was to no avail as the Eagles added two further goals to seal their progression into the final.

Comrades boss Vipond said: “It was extremely disappointing. We were outplayed and outworked.

“It is up to the players to pick themselves up for the (Division One Cup) semi-final against AFC Dunstable on Wednesday.”