Essex Senior League: Imrul Gazi and Sporting Bengal United hoping to maintain great form at Hullbridge Sports
PUBLISHED: 15:30 26 September 2017
Mile End Stadium club go into Gordon Brasted Memorial Trophy contest at Lower Road with plenty of belief after three wins on the spin
Sporting Bengal United boss Imrul Gazi has challenged his squad to show their strength in depth away to Hullbridge Sports in the first round of the Gordon Brasted Memorial Trophy tonight.
The Mile End Stadium club make the lengthy journey to Lower Road full of confidence after three consecutive wins.
It has seen Bengal jump up to second in the table, but their 3-2 victory over Wadham Lodge last week came at a cost.
Gazi said: “We got three injuries last time out, all hamstrings, and they were to experienced players, so that leaves us a bit short, but it is part and parcel of football.
“I am hoping we will still have enough quality in our starting XI and the main aim is to give a good account of ourselves at Hullbridge.
“The bare minimum I ask is for us to do that, but I know we have it in us to give anyone a game, so we’ll be trying to do that tonight.”
Bengal have won their last two games 3-2, while Sports netted three times at the weekend, so you can predict goals will be on the menu this evening.
The east Londoners were heading for a defeat last Wednesday (September 20) when Wadham Lodge went two goals ahead at the Mile End Stadium.
But Shiblu Miah pulled one back before David Tarwali got Bengal level with 12 minutes left to set up a grand stand finish.
And in stoppage time, Tanjeem Choudhury headed home to spark jubilant scenes at the Mile End Stadium, as the hosts were victorious again.
“Twice on the trot we have won 3-2 now. The game with Waltham Forest (September 16) we were two goals ahead and they came back to level, but we got the winner in the 96th minute,” said Gazi.
“And then on Wednesday we played bottom of the table and this is always the type of game we struggle in.
“We found ourselves two down with 60 gone, but managed to get a couple of goals back and then hit the winner in the 91st minute. It shows our character and the bottle of the players, but it is horrible for me and my old ticker.”
The win at home to Wadham Lodge put Bengal up to second in the table after 10 games, which is a huge improvement on last season.
Although the east Londoners have played more than most in the division, they have a respectable tally of 19 points after winning six times already this term.
“We do have a lot of inexperienced players, but the experienced lads we do have are really making a difference I feel,” said Gazi.
“I am really chuffed to be in the top two at this stage of the season and I had a target for after 10 games and we are way ahead of what I wanted.
“Obviously I am really happy with our start and we want to try and maintain it, but with relegation coming into play our first aim is to reach the magic 40-points mark.”