The 2s started off very brightly knowing that the opposition were a weak side. We pressed up the entire pitch and had a sustained attack for a good 20 minutes.

As the mist hung lazily atop the autumnal colours of the trees on the Chiltern Hills behind RAF Halton, the 5s prepared to do battle with top of the table Southgate Tankards.

Amid at times torrential rain  a hardy Berko u14 team took part in a tournament in Hertford.  The team was well supported by a range of boisterous but anxious spectators who suffered through rain and wind alike.

Having played and lost to four out of the top six in their league, the Mens 3s welcomed fellow strugglers Stevenage 3's to the late October afternoon sunshine at Meadowcroft.

In a game far far away, Berko 3s were far from their best.