Berkhamsted take over top spot after convincing victory

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Berkhamsted have followed in the footsteps of neighbours Hemel Hempstead by taking top spot in their league, thanks to a convincing third win of the season over Hertford Town on Tuesday night.

The Broadwater pitch again beat the weather but with leading scorer Connor Calcutt sidelined the home side squandered a hatful of first half chances including a missed penalty.

But after the break they rattled in four goals, climbing above Ampthill Town to take over as leaders of the South Midlands League Premier division.

The two sides turned round at half time with Hertford in the lead after keeper Carl Tasker denied Elliott King’s first strike after a rare attack but was beaten by the follow-up.

Josh Chamberlain, who had missed the spot kick in the first half, soon had his side level after the break and when James Bent and Adiel Mannion came on for the home side more goals followed.

Ed Canham bundled home from a Chamberlain corner to put Berko in front, and a Jamie Gavin header was blocked on the line as the home side began to dominate.

Mannion’s pace took him clear to latch on to a flick from Chamberlain and net with aplomb to make it 3-1, and Chamberlain put his side in the driving seat with a fourth.

Hertford netted a late consolution but the points, and the Premier Division top spot, belonged to Berko.

Mick Vipond’s side will next be in action next Tuesday, February 4, when Hoddesdon Town visit Broadwater in the quarter final of the Premier Division Cup.