Dozen FA Cup Goals For Berko
For this Emirates FA Cup tie, Steve Bateman made six changes from the eleven that won 5-2 in midweek in the Herts Charity Shield.
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Report by Grant Hastie
Stotfold changed their manager in the close season, after finishing only five places below Berko last season. It ended up a landslide with skipper Jon Munday netting a hat trick and Stacey Field returned up front to also net a hat trick.
The minute by minute countdown was:
1st min. 1-0 Munday comes forward to head into the top corner connecting with a free kick from George Biggadike.
3rd min. 2-0 Ashley Morrissey’s fine pass released Alex Campana who ran on and placed a low shot into the corner of the net.
7th min. 3-0 After four successive corners Tom Carter bundled a shot home.
16th min. 4-0 Munday heads home powerfully from a Campana corner.
20th min. 5-0 After a free kick, Morrissey laid the ball back perfectly to Field who scored with aplomb.
27th min. 5-1 Adam Drakulic ventured forward from left back to the edge of the penalty area and beat two men before netting what proved to be a consolation goal for the home side.
44thmin. 6-1 Campana bagged his brace shooting home after an unusual pass from Morrissey came to him.
52nd min. 7-1 Carter got his brace after running onto a cross from Field.
56th min. 8-1 Campana crossed from the left and Field took his tally to two with an excellent volley.
65th min. 9-1 Field heads home another cross from the left by Campana to bag his hat trick.
67th min. 10-1 Substitute Dan Jones cracks a shot from the edge of the penalty area which takes a deflection past Matt Fallon.
71st min. 11-1 Frankie Jowle gets ahead of the defence and calmly slots the ball under Fallon.
82nd min. Mead is felled for a penalty, which he took himself and Fallon does brilliantly to save it.
83rd min. Skipper Munday, who was discussing getting his hat trick over who should take the penalty pops up to get his third anyway to finish the rout.
The win earned Berko a trip in the next round on 19th August to play another side in their division Crawley Green (who knocked out Royal Wootton Bassett 2-1 away) on Saturday.
The result ripped up the record books and is the Comrades biggest cup win ever. The FA hailed the win as the fourth highest this century in the grand old competition. It was the first time that a Berko side has hit double figures in the competition. The previous record was a 9-0 win at Long Buckby for Berkhamsted Town, also under Bateman’s management, in 2001.
Team; Tasker, Biggadike, Weeks, Mead, Munday, Rodrigoe, Campana (Seanla), Osborne, Field, Morrissey (Jones), Carter (Jowle). Subs not used - Seodi, Kouroushi, Prior & James.
On Saturday Berko start the league season at home to Cockfosters, who finished third last season in the Spartan South Midlands Premier division. On Tuesday 15th Berko go to Holmer Green in another APBS league match It is an important season with two promotion places up for grabs instead of the usual single place. Max Farrelly and Steve Hawes could be available to return for Berko. Young goalkeeper Colin James, who made several pre-season appearances for Berko is now having trials with Brentford.