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Essex Senior League: Imrul Gazi made up for Sporting Bengal United forward Oscar Almeida Mendes after brace

PUBLISHED: 17:30 07 March 2017

Sporting Bengal United striker Oscar Almeida Mendes fires home his second goal against Redbridge (pic: Tim Edwards).

Sporting Bengal United striker Oscar Almeida Mendes fires home his second goal against Redbridge (pic: Tim Edwards).

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Bengal boss pleased with clean sheet and 2-0 victory over local rivals Redbridge at Mile End Stadium last weekend

Sporting Bengal United players appeal for a penalty after a tackle inside the Redbridge area (pic: Tim Edwards). Sporting Bengal United players appeal for a penalty after a tackle inside the Redbridge area (pic: Tim Edwards).

Sporting Bengal United manager Imrul Gazi hailed the potential of striker Oscar Almeida Mendes after his double inspired a 2-0 win over Redbridge in the Essex Senior League last weekend.

The brace from the forward made it five goals in five and helped get the Mile End Stadium club back to winning ways.

Bengal had impressed in recent games against FC Romania and Barking, but claimed a first victory since February 11 on Saturday.

“Oscar has done really well and is another young lad who has come to us from the Bangladesh Football Association Summer League,” said Gazi.

Sporting Bengal United striker Oscar Almeida Mendes scores from the penalty spot against Redbridge (pic: Tim Edwards). Sporting Bengal United striker Oscar Almeida Mendes scores from the penalty spot against Redbridge (pic: Tim Edwards).

“This is his first time at this level and he is still learning his trade, but is definitely one for the future.

“He’s been in and around the squad all season, but has done well since January and has five in five now I think.

“Oscar’s brother Raul (Da Silva) plays at the back, so that’s nice and I’m pleased I have been able to give some of our local kids a chance.”

As Gazi alluded too, Bengal’s form and performances since the start of 2017 have been mightily impressive.

The east Londoners have won three games and picked up respectable draws with FC Romania and away to Wadham Lodge.

Gazi added: “Since the turn of the year I’m always confident we will score, so the main aim is to try and keep it tight at the back.

“We were comfortable on Saturday against Redbridge and it was a really professional performance by the boys.

“Whenever I have Freddy (Tandon) and Mark (Wheeler) available it makes a big difference and they are leaders for us at the back.”

Bengal’s manager made a couple of other adjustments in defence and was delighted with the end result.

Although the hosts didn’t create a plethora of chances against the Motormen, it was enough to give them all three points.

“I made a one or two changes in defence and I felt we looked a lot more solid because of it,” said Gazi.

“We didn’t create as many chances as we normally do because we had plenty more opportunities against the likes of Barking and FC Romania.

“But we still made four or five and took two, so I was really happy and our back four were comfortable.”

The victory for Bengal keeps them in 19th position, but they are right points ahead of basement club Haringey & Waltham.

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