Berkhamsted boss Mick Vipond demands more after ‘worst display of the season’

Berkhamsted manager Mick Vipond has warned his side that they cannot afford any more off-days if they are to fulfil their ambition of becoming SSML Premier champions.

Tuesday, 21st October 2014, 11:54 am
Berkhamsted salvaged a draw late on

Vipond watched his side play out a 2-2 draw with Colney Heath on Saturday – a game which they could have lost had it not been for a late penalty.

And the Berko boss had some stern words for his side, letting them know just what he thought of their display.

“It was probably the worst we have done all season,” he said. “We were flat and it was a very disappointing display.

“It was fortunate that they gave away a reckless penalty, otherwise they would have beaten us.

“I was relieved to get a point at the end to be honest,” Vipond added. “It felt like a win after we were losing with only a few minutes to go, but it really wasn’t a good enough performance.

“The players just seemed really flat and there was no leadership on the pitch.”

The Comrades have high hopes of gaining promotion this season, and Vipond is urging his team to stay focussed on the job in hand.

“The players have to be at their best every week,” he said. “Everything has to be right if we want to win the league.

“We have got a very good squad this year and we have got a great opportunity.

“But if we want to win the league than we have got to make sure that we don’t have off days like the one on Saturday – it just can’t happen.

There was some positive news for Vipond, however, as hospital tests revealed that the problem which forced star striker Josh Camberlain off at half-time isn’t too serious.

Chamberlain was suffering chest pains, but he will be fine to return to action.

Next up for Berko is a home clash against AFC Dunstable at the weekend – a game which will see a number of the Comrades players and management team go head-to-head with their former club.

> See page 77 for match report of Saturday’s game.