Match Report by Ben Howell (to be read to the music from Mission Impossible)
It was the first day of advent when the Berko 3rds stepped onto the soaking wet pitch to face the top of the table titans that were Stevenage.
It was a strong start from the whole team with precise back and forth play from Alex, Ed and Hugo. When we were on the defence we were closing down the centre of the pitch well coordinated from the back by Simon. Paul Krafft was excellent in defence and Brett made several fantastic saves in goal, earning him the Man of the Match. Despite Rik’s claims that ‘we were dominating’ we conceded towards the end of the first half. Not deterred in our efforts though, we came back at them with renewed vigour. Half time: 0-1.
The beginning of the second half saw Berko showing their strength. A short corner hit at the post for a one touch goal from Andy Howell. Not long after that Robbo hit a top corner blinder from the top D in a rapid counter attack. The opposition seemed rattled.
We were all over them, just as Simon was all over their attacker. But they seemed to get back in the game and just as the win was in sight, they hit in another short corner and we were back on the defence. It was a nail biting final 5 minutes, ending with a last play short corner being flicked wide for the final whistle. All round a fantastic game with strong performances from everyone. 2-2.
>> Steve (capt.)