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Berkhamsted were sent crashing out of the FA Vase after a closely fought game with Southend Manor at Broadwater.
The Comrades have been on the wrong end off some controversial refereeing decisions in recent weeks, and Mick Vipond’s side were hard done by once again on Saturday after Manor took the lead through a seemingly offside goal.
The visitors went on to double their lead and, despite a late goal from Lawrence Bunker giving Berko some hope, Manor held on to book their place in the third round of the competition,
“I couldn’t see from where we were sitting but everyone just seemed to stop, and people in the bar afterwards said it was a good yard offside,” said Comrades boss Vipond.
“Having said that, we didn’t deserve to win the game. They were a team we should have been able to beat but we didn’t do enough on the day.”
It was the away side who had the first chance of the game when Jamie Salmon squandered a glorious opportunity, and Manor broke the deadlock shortly after the half hour mark.
Mark Sisson appeared to be standing in an offside position when he received the ball, but the linesman kept his flag down and Sisson fired home past Tasker.
The away side doubled their advantage through Brad Williams in the 58th minute, and although Bunker struck to set up a grandstand finish, Manor held on to secure the win.