Berko ladies close the gap on table-topping Leighton Buzzard

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A few weeks ago Leighton Buzzard were clear at the top of the table and the Berkhamsted & the Hemel Hempstead Hockey Club ladies' first team were playing for third place.

What a difference a few weeks makes. The Berko ladies beat Leighton Buzzard this weekend and there is now just one point separating the two sides.

Berko had the best of the game and deserved the 2-1 win, as player of the match Stef Abson drove them on to victory.

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The ladies’ 2s, meanwhile, also struck a significant blow. In beating Saffron Walden they went to the top of their league and are now just two wins from confirming yet another promotion.

The ladies’ 3s had the toughest of fixtures against top of the table Shefford and Sandy. Despite losing the game 6-2, there was much to celebrate with fine performances across the pitch.

The young ladies’ 4s are coming on in leaps and bounds this season, however they do struggle against entirely adult opponents. That was the case with Luton this weekend as they were beaten 4-0 despite playing very well.

In the men’s section, the fourth XI provided the highlight when they knocked seven past second in the table Luton Vagrants.

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The 7-0 win included a hat-trick from man of the match Ben Moorhouse, all from short corners.

Berkhamsted’s other goals came from Ben Evers, Tim Duncan (2) and James Godsell.

The men’s 3s came away with a very good 2-2 draw against a surprisingly strong Bedford side as goals were scored by Amish Adodra and man of the match Kyle Purkiss.

The men’s 5s had a tough game against top of the table Bedford and suffered a 3-1 defeat. The Berko goal came from Colin Izzard – after 65 years at the club this was his first goal for Berko.

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The men’s 2s had a frustrating afternoon with a 5-4 defeat against Bedford despite leading 3-0 at one point. Man of the match was Ollie Bowman who scored two goals, with Roger Payton netting the others.

The men’s first team lost out 6-0 in tough game against Bedford, one of the promotion chasing teams.

One highlight for Berko was a fine goal-line save from Jake Alderson who managed to flick the ball over the crossbar from a short corner in spectacular fashion.

Results: Ladies’ 1s 2-1 Leighton Buzzard; Ladies’ 2s 3-1 Saffron Walden; Ladies’ 3s 2-6 Shefford and Sandy; Ladies’ 4s 0-4 Luton; Men’s 1s 0-6 Bedford; Men’s 2s 4-5 Bedford; Men’s 3s 2-2 Bedford; Men’s 4s 7-0 Luton Vagrants; Men’s 5s 1-3 Bedford.