It’s a perfect ten for Berkhamsted in the Cup

Alex Campana was on target for Berkhamsted. Picture (c) Ray Canham

Alex Campana was on target for Berkhamsted. Picture (c) Ray Canham

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Berko hit their record cup score on a wet Tuesday night at Broadwater as they thrashed Ampthill Town 10-1 in the Challenge Trophy.

The free-scoring Comrades rattled in three goals against their SSML Division One opponents in the opening quarter of an hour and they had notched six by half-time.

Aaron Nash-Barker opened the floodgates in the fifth minute and provided a fine cross for Alex Campana to shoot under the keeper for the second after just eight minutes.

Bradley O’Donovan got the third goal, before a deflection off James Baldry gave Ampthill their only goal of the night.

A fine save from Berko keeper Rob Evans stopped them pulling back to 3-2 but after that it was not Town’s night.

O’Donovan went to the top of the club scoring charts for the season with his second goal, before Adam Mead scored two more – with a free-kick and also a good right foot shot at the Railway End to make it 6-1 at the interval.

O’Donovan pressured a defender into a deflected own goal for the seventh and he then completed his hat-trick when he got clear of the defence and shot past Jack Ambler at the Canal End.

The visiting keeper was injured and replaced by an outfield player, so the goals kept coming – with one being chalked off for an offside flag.

Substitute Jordan Gilbert marked his debut with great control and a shot on the turn to make the score 9-1.

Nash-Barker had started the rout and he finished, it taking the Comrades into double figures with goal number 10.

Berko will be at home in the quarter-final to whoever wins tonight’s tie between Premier Division outfit Hertford Town and Division One side Woodford United.