Cup cruise for Comrades against Sun Postal Sports

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Berkhamsted cruised to a 4-1 win over Sun Postal Sports to set up a home tie with Kings Langley in the next round of the Challenge Trophy.

Mick Vipond made four changes from the side that beat Stotfold and the rejigged team won comfortably on Tuesday night.

Berko made a great start with Ed Canham heading them in front from a Frankie Jowle corner in the 12th minute.

They were soon two ahead when an Adiel Mannion shot was deflected into the goal after a cross from Jowle was met by BJ Christie.

Ben Barnes made his debut in goal for Berko and had to tip ex-Comrade James Armstrong’s shot over the bar, with the same player hitting the bar in the first half.

Christie had a good chance to increase the lead but he shot beyond the post and, when he set up Jamie Gavin, the latter shot over.

The referee booked Jordon Frederick and Jowle in the first half but let more tackles go than most officials do these days.

Jowle clipped the top of the bar early in the second half with a shot for Berko, before Simeon Fearon pulled a goal back for the home team when he ran on and lashed the ball home on the hour mark.

Berko soon restored their advantage with the goal of the game; a great cross-field ball released Jowle on the right wing and his cross was swept home by Christie.

A Mannion lob made it 4-1 and there could have been more goals with James Towell hitting the post as Berko pressed home their advantage.

On Saturday Berko’s first team are at Biggleswade United and on Tuesday they entertain Cockfosters at Broadwater.

It is expected that Carl Tasker, Lewis Rodrigoe and Josh Chamberlain will be fit to return along with the available again James Baldry, but the injured Lawrence Bunker and Max Farrelly are still doubtful for these two important league games.

Berko’s reserves are at home to Northwood on Saturday in the Suburban North.