Berko push Kings in friendly

Berkhamsted v Kings Langley.
Berkhamsted v Kings Langley.

A second half goal from Matt Bateman was enough to give Kings Langley a 1-0 win over Berkhamsted at sunny Broadwater on Saturday.

The visitors looked well organised, but Berko made light of the two division gap between the teams in a very close match.

Goalkeeping coach Dean Goodwin got a rare outing in goal for the home side that also featured a trio of outfield trialists. Dan Jones and centre forwards Ashton Campbell and Lorenzo Ferrari all made good first impressions.

Kings Langley brought a lot of players to Broadwater, with almost a whole new team appearing in the second half.

Ex-Comrade Connor Calcutt went closest to adding to the score, hitting the post and bar for the visitors.

There is no let up in the action at Broadwater with a Watford XI, mainly featuring their 18-year-olds, due to visit last night (Tuesday).

Thursday’s scheduled friendly with Hellenic side Ardley has been cancelled as the visitors are unable to field a team that evening.

Southern League central side Aylesbury, who have recently signed Kieran Turner and Lee Stobbs from Tring Athletic, provide The Comrades’ final friendly opposition when they come to Broadwater on Saturday at 3pm.

Competitive football starts on Tuesday, August 2 when Berko are at home to Baldock Town in the Herts Charity Shield.

>> Last Tuesday Kings Langley came from two goals down to beat SSML Premier side Edgware Town 3-2.

Kings were due to visit Tring Athletic last night (Tuesday).

Further friendlies follow at Oxhey Jets on Thursday and Sun Sports on Saturday.

They make their debut in the Southern League Premier Division next Saturday, August 6 at Chippenham Town before making their home league bow against nearby Dunstable Town on Tuesday, August 9.