It’s the semi-final countdown for Berko Tornadoes and AFC Boars


Berkhamsted Tornadoes and AFC Boars go head-to-head at Broadwater on Sunday with a place in the Herts Sunday Senior Cup final up for grabs.

Weather permitting, the game kicks-off at 11.30am – with free admission for spectators – and both teams are hoping for a bumper crowd to roar them on.

Tornadoes and Boars are the two Berkhamsted Sunday Football League teams that remain in the competition, meaning that the BSFL will be represented in the final against either Oakview or Skew Bridge.

It’s a big day for Tornadoes who are the oldest club in the BSFL but have never reached a County Cup semi-final previously in their 44-year history.

Boars are the defending champions of the competition, have won the cup for the last two seasons. They are also current BSFL champions.

The two league games between the teams this season have been very close but Boars have won both – 1-0 and 2-0 respectively – and another tight game is in prospect.

The game features a few players who may be familiar to supporters of Dacorum’s SSML Premier Division sides.

The Tornadoes team includes Berkhamsted first team squad member James Shaw, his older brother Tom who plays for the Development Squad, and Development Squad goalkeeping coach Ben Clarke.

Ex-Comrade Stuart Bailey who played in the first South Midlands League season also features, as well as Tring Athletic duo Ryan Sturges and Sam Jolliffe, Lee Stobbs of AFC Dunstable and Andy Wheeler-King of Tring Corinthians.

The AFC Boars squad includes Sonny French - last season’s player of the year at Aylesbury FC - and Louis Austin, recently of Aylesbury United.

In reaching this stage, Tornadoes have played five games, scoring 25 goals and conceding eight. Boars have played four games, scoring 14 goals and conceding four. The final is at The County Ground in Letchworth on March 23.