Berkhamsted Reserves

Suburban League Northern

Disappointment in the derby at Tring

The young development squad’s recent improvements came crashing down at Tring on sat, where a poor first half set the tone for a bad day at the office all round.

Going into the game without the unavailable Welling, Cole, Cutler and Perl, then with the late news that Kieran Turner and Alfie Osborne were needed to support the 1st team, meant it was going to be a different looking side at Tring. The changes that were made didn’t help the flow of the team, and the few new faces that came in are finding their feet in the team.

The first half was easily forgettable for Berko, when 2 cheap goals were conceded, and apart from a few chances for Aikman, Stafford and Shaw, Tring were good value going into the break with a 2 goal lead.

After a few enforced changes due to injury and a reaction from the first half performance, Berko did take the game to Tring more in the 2nd half, which led to Ben Humphrey scoring a good header from a James Shaw set piece. With the game at 2-1, it was Tring that looked the stronger, apart from some good wide play from Lee Stobbs, it was a late goal on the break from Tring that settled the game.

Tring deserved the win on the day, and Berko’s performance was not at the levels of recent weeks, which will need to be resolved for Dunstable Town’s visit next Saturday.

1.Tom Calverly, 2.Tommy Twelves, 3.Spencer Warby, 4.James Shaw, 5.Niall Holliday, 6.Ben Humphrey, 7.Lewis Stafford, 8.Nick Ward, 9.Jordan Aikman (injured on 30 mins), 10.Scott McPhearson (injured on 70 mins), 11.Lee Stobbs

12.Che To (replaced Nick Ward on 60 mins), 14.Aaron Usmani (replaced Jordon Aikman on 30 mins), 15.Radheya Ickrath (not used), 16.Tom Shaw (replaced Scott McPhearson on 70 mins), 17.Mark Timmington (not used).

Berkhamsted 2 Farnham Town 2

This 3rd round league cup 1st leg tie has left the game wide open for the return in Surrey in 3 weeks.

Berko started the game more strongly and were defensively solid, which gave them the platform to go on and take a 2 goal lead into the break. Kieran Turner continued his fine form of late with 2 more goals, to take his season tally to 7.

Farnham came back strongly in the 2nd half but once more Berko defended well to keep the chances to a minimum and, when they did get through they had Tom Gowans to beat, who performed well on the day.

Good chances were created for Berko and Jordon Aikman, Jay Caines, Mitchell Cole and Scott McPhearson can all count themselves unlucky not to convert one of the many chances the home team had to kill the game off.

This came back to haunt them when with 15 mins left, a hopeful ball into the area, bounced and went through a crowd of players then slipped in over the line at the far post.

This goal gave a good Farnham Town side a bit more belief and, with 3 minutes on the clock, they got a free kick just outside the box which was struck very well and just beat Tom Gowans at his near post.

So whilst disappointing for the home team not to get the win they perhaps deserved, this keeps the recent form of 1 defeat in 4 games going into the local derby at Tring next week.

1.Tom Gowans, 2.Chris Cutler, 3.Spencer Warby, 4.Ben Humphrey (subbed 70mins), 5.Tommy Twelves, 6.Alfie Osborne, 7.James Shaw (subbed 50mins), 8.Mark Welling, 9.Jordan Aikman (subbed 70 mins), 10.Scott McPhearson, 11.Kieran Turner.

12.Mitchell Cole (used 50mins), 14.nick ward (not used, 15.Niall Holliday (used 70mins), 16.George McCausland (not used), 17.Jay Caines (used 70 mins).

Chris Cutler is now suspended for 3 weeks and will miss the Tring game, as will Mitchell Cole, but Lewis Stafford and Conor Perl will be returning for selection.

Narrow Defeat for Development Squad

Harefield United 3 Berkhamsted FC 2

Although Berko produced a good performance for 70 mins on Saturday at Harefield, they had a very tall hill to climb after the first 20 mins of the game in which Harefield score twice. The Berko lads gave it a real go and pushed for a result until the final whistle but it just wasn’t to be as they came out 3-2 losers on the day. It has to be said that 2 penalty shouts for fouls in the area which were not given and a harsh red card for Chris Cutler did not make it any easier. However, lots of positives came out of the day including a 2nd goal for the club for the returning Lewis Stafford and a debut 45 minutes for youth team graduate, Jay Caines, who showed glimpses of the form manager Joe Sweeney knows he is capable of, having managed him 5 years ago in youth football at Leverstock Green. The young Development Squad travelled to Harefield without Jordan Aikman, Scott McPhearson, Mark Welling and, sadly, Stefan Owen-Edwards, who earlier in the week informed the club of his leaving due to new work commitments.

The goals were scored by Lewis Stafford and Kieran Turner.

The lads will now turn their attention to cup action when they host Farnham Town who are mid-table in the Suburban League Central Division. They will welcome back all the above and have Chris Cutler available before his suspension.

1.Tom Calverly, 2.Chris Cutler, 3.Jack Copson, 4.Niall Holliday, 5.Ben Humphrey, 6.Alfie Osborne, 7.Lewis Stafford, 8.James Shaw, 9.Mitchell Cole, 10.Nick Ward, 11, Kieran Turner

12. George McCausland (used on 70 mins), 14.Tommy Twelves (not used), 15.Mark Timmington (not used), 16.Spencer Warby (used on 70 mins), 17. Jay Caines (used on 46 mins)

Yellow cards – Jay Caines and Chris Cutler
Red card – Chris Cutler

Good run of results continues

Berkhamsted FC 3 Newport Pagnell Town 0

Berko’s development squad continued their recent run of good results with a home win over Newport Pagnell Town. Their 2nd league win in a row, which has seen a return of 7 goals scored and 0 goals conceded, has seen them move out of the re-election zone and overtake three teams.

A superb first half performance saw set the foundation for the win. Kieran Turner opened the scoring in the 20th minute when he met a Scott Macphearson cross and played a one-two with the post before netting. Stefan Owen-Edwards doubled the lead with a shot that the visiting keeper got a hand to but could not prevent going in. Macphearson hit the third goal before the interval with a shot from an acute angle.

With the good work continuing in the second half, Berko can count themselves unlucky not to have scored more goals, as good chances for, Stefan, Mitchell Cole, Ben Humphrey, and Nick Ward were all not converted. Berko had to play the last 18 minutes with 10 men, as Turner came off with an injury after all the substitutes were used.

Joe Sweeney’s young squad now move on to an away fixture next sat at Harefield, where they will be looking to continue their good work of late.

1. Tom Gowans, 2.Tommy Twelves, 3.Adam King, 4.Chris Cutler, 5.George McCausland, 6.Alfie Osborne, 7.James Shaw, 8.Mark Welling, 9.Stefan Owen-Edwards, 10.Scott McPhearson, 11.Kieran Turner.

12.Mitchell Cole (used 55 mins), 14.Nick Ward (used 55 mins), 15. Lewis Stafford (not used), 16.Ben Humphrey used (50 mins), 17.Spencer Warby (not used).

First league win for Development Squad

Berkhamsted FC 4 Leighton Town 0

The Development Squad enjoyed an emphatic 4-0 win over mid-table Leighton Town to secure their first league victory of the season. Alfie Osborne, James Shaw, Stefan Owen-Edwards and Keiran Turner scored the goals. Late in the game Leighton had 3 players sent off with 6 yellow cards also being shown.

1.Tom Gowans, 2. Tommy Twelves 3. Spencer Warby, 4. George McCausland, 5.Niall Holliday, 6.Alfie Osborne, 7.James Shaw, 8. Scott McPhearson, 9. Stefan Owen-Edwards, 10. Jordan Aikman, 11.Kieran Turner.

12. Mitchell Cole (used 70 mins), 14. Connor Perl (used 55 mins), 16. Nick Ward (used 55 mins), 17. Adam King (not used)

Yellow card – Niall Holliday

This Saturday, 2nd November, the Development Squad are at home to Newport Pagnell Town in another league game.

Amazing cup win for Development Squad

Berkhamsted 8 Ashford Town 0 (Aggregate 8-5)

After getting thumped 5-0 in the first leg of the Suburban League Challenge Cup 3 weeks ago, the Development Squad went into this game looking to build on their good performance at Barton Rovers on Monday night. A good crowd of home support who encouraged the young lads couldn’t have expected what was to unfold.

After a positive and attacking start to the game, James Shaw cracked in a 30yrd screamer. Ashley Morrissey added a second and also hit the crossbar. Many chances were being created and the boys went in at the break 2-0 up and everything still to play for.

Jordan Aikman was brought on to start the second half. After an initial response from a much changed Ashford side from the first leg, Berko again took control with some quick exciting attacking football and James Shaw converted an early penalty to make it 3-0. Ashley Morrissey then helped himself to a penalty after he was brought down before completing his hat trick to square the tie up 5-5. Lewis Stafford was introduced from the bench. It looked inevitable that we would go on to win the game in normal time but the Ashford goal remained intact despite a constant Berko onslaught.

Extra time came and it was 1 way traffic before Tommy Twelves got a decent finish from a set piece to put us in front. Kieran Turner and Ashley Morrissey then each scored to make it 8-0 and put the result beyond doubt. Ashley scored 4 on the day and produced a superb display of natural attacking football which the opposition defence simply could not cope with.

At the back, the defence of Tommy, Ben, Alfie and Spencer kept solid and protected Tom in the sticks to achieve their clean sheet target. Scott McPhearson, James Shaw and Kieran Turner must have covered miles as they bossed the midfield and help support the forward play.

A good day and result, to step on from the Barton performance, which has given the boys their most productive week of the season.

1. Tom Calverley, 2. Tommy Twelves, 3. Spencer Warby, 4. James Shaw, 5. Ben Humphreys, 6. Alfie Osborne, 7. Mitchell Cole, 8. Scott McPhearson, 9. Ashley Morrissey, 10. Kieran Turner, 11. Connor Perl.

12. Lewis Stafford (70mins), 14. Jordon Aikman (45 mins), 16. Niall Holliday (110 mins) 17. Nick Ward, not used 18. Radheya Ickrath, not used

Booking – Ben Humphrey

Barton Rovers 2 Berkhamsted FC 1

Our 2nd game in 3 days against one of the favourites for the title was a big ask for the young squad, but it was a night to be proud of and one that’s left many positives for the weeks ahead.

Barton put out a very experienced and physically strong team, which included 4 first team players getting match time. Tom Shaw made his debut and Connor Perl made his first start for the team and Ryan Luke returned to the team after his scare at Newport Pagnell. All contributed to a good first half which saw Berko start the game better and at a good tempo. This led to us having 3 good chances but we conceded direct from a Barton goal kick that went straight over the top to their striker who slotted in. They then went 2-0 up with another goal we could have dealt better with. The response was immediate, and the midfield worked the ball out wide to Tom Shaw, who delivered a cross with real quality to an oncoming Kieran Turner, who rose above his marker, and headed into the corner of the goal, a great response which gave the lads the belief which has been missing.

The 2nd half was a very tight affair with chances created by both sides and Barton playing a more direct style of football. Ashley Morrissey can be delighted with his performance up top, a threat all night, and he will have gone home pleased with his performance, but with the feeling that he could and perhaps should have scored 2 goals after some great attacking play. The subs coming off the bench, James Shaw, Jordan Aikman and Alfie Osborne, all added quality and contributed to us giving it a real go right up to the final whistle.

Once again, we come home with no points to show but with a night of collective character, attitude, and hard work, and many plaudits for our young team for the future from the home team.

1. Tom Calverly, 2. Tommy Twelves, 3. Spencer Warby (subbed on 75 mins), 4. Ryan Luke (subbed on 68 mins), 5 .Ben Humphrey, 6. Niall Holliday, 7. Connor Perl (subbed on 68 mins), 8. Scott McPhearson, 9. Ashley Morrissey, 10. Kieran Turner, 11. Tom Shaw.

12. Mitchell Cole, 14. James Shaw used, 15. Alfie Osborne used, 16. Jordan Aikman used, 17. Radheya Ickrath.