Wood made to work hard for their win as Berko refuse to throw the Towell in

James Towell
James Towell

Berkhamsted battled bravely in defeat to Boreham Wood in the Herts Senior Cup as they were edged out 3-2 by a side who play three divisions above them.

James Towell struck a brace for the gutsy Comrades, but Wood held on to book their place in the quarter-finals of the competition.

Wood made a good start with on-loan Arsenal striker Austin Lipman opening the scoring from the edge of the penalty area in just the fourth minute.

When an offside flag stayed down they had the chance to increase their lead from the penalty spot but Mario Noto blasted the ball wide of the target.

Berko took advantage of the let-off and equalised after 15 minutes when Ed Canham headed back across goal and Towell pounced in a flash to shoot home.

The visitors hit back, however, as Lipman – who has been capped by England at U16 and U17 level – scored again, making no mistake when he intercepted a back-pass.

A lot of Comrades fans were still in the clubhouse when the second half started and again Berko failed to clear their defensive lines – allowing Anthony Jeffrey to run on and put the visitors 3-1 up.

James Courtnage produced the save of the night to keep out a Josh Chamberlain pile-driver, before a free-kick was tapped to Lipman and his shot ricocheted to safety off the inside of the post.

With half an hour left it was Wood that slipped up when defending at the Canal End as Towell intercepted and finished clinically to make it 3-2.

Berko battled hard for the equaliser and played some good football, with Canham pushing forward and Ashley Morrissey coming on and looking dangerous with his quick feet.

Mark Jones was booked for fouling him and James Bent also got a yellow for Berko.

Towell came within inches of a hat-trick with Courtnage just getting a hand to his header as Wood held on for the win.