Following a string of recent defeats, we knew it would be a tricky defensive day against a powerful St Albans side and that we had to come out strongly in the first half.
It was a cloudy, but luckily not rainy, afternoon on a slippery Meadowcroft pitch.
After some long periods of strong defensive work from Nigel and Rick and a wonderful block off the line from Paul Kraft, the sustained St Alban's attack took their chances from a series of short corners, even with the great Mark Johnson in goal who was leaping like a salmon out of water. Berkhamsted had not given up as the midfield masterclass from Goodwyn, Peachy and Moorhouse kept their heads up under great St Albanian pressure. Numerous chances were created but we couldn't seem to penetrate the orange defensive wall. After a prolonged period of pressure our chance finally came when David Wells won a penalty flick after a stick tackle in the D. Wells showed no sign of pressure and slotted the ball past the goalkeeper for our only goal of the match. Berkhamsted came back fighting with Toby Payton and Paul Dubenski putting pressure on the tired St Alban's defence but it just wasn’t Berkhamsted's day. St Albans had a few quality players and managed a 5-1 victory at full time from a 0-0 at half time. The man of the match vote was a tie between Ed and Nigel but as captains' vote decided Goodwyn was kind enough to give it to the Berkhamsted Rock of the day. Lessons to be learned from the match today but Berko show no weakness sitting in bottom place but spirits are high thanks to Mark J on his constant advice on Whatsapp.