Berko exit FA Cup but stay top in league

Berko exited the FA Cup at the first qualifying round stage on Saturday.
Berko exited the FA Cup at the first qualifying round stage on Saturday.

Berkhamsted FC were knocked out of the FA Cup at the first qualifying round stage on Saturday to a St Ives Town side from a division above, in a game where the referee became the centre of attention.

It was not a dirty game but the official issued double figures in yellow cards and his crucial decisions settled the match.

St Ives took the lead via a Charlie De’Ath header from a corner, but within a few minutes Berko were level when recent signee Marley Hamilton ran through and placed a shot past Martin Conway.

The winner came via a controversial penalty when Murphy was adjudged to have pulled the shirt of Tom Wood and Seymour-Shove converted the spot-kick.

In midweek Berko drew 0-0 away at Aylesbury United’s Chesham base as both sides preserved their unbeaten league runs. Berko moved top after the point.