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Essex Senior League: Redbridge earn bragging rights over Sporting Bengal United thanks to late Calvin Poku show

PUBLISHED: 11:00 16 October 2017

Redbridge joint-boss Ricky Eaton (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

Redbridge joint-boss Ricky Eaton (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

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Tower Hamlets fight back impressively to claim 2-2 draw at home to FC Romania with Wale Odedoyin impressing up front

Redbridge left it late to beat east London rivals Sporting Bengal United 3-2 in the Essex Senior League at the weekend.

The Motormen scored twice in the final five minutes at Oakside to edge a five-goal thriller with Imrul Gazi’s side.

After making a strong start, Redbridge took the lead in the 11th minute when Eljay Worrell crossed in for Reside Coxi-Sebastfao to head home.

Bengal responded positively, though, and soon got back on level terms when Steve Carvell smashed in from distance.

The visitors managed to then go in front when Kai Parkinson made the most of a mistake to fire home from close range and turn the game on its head.

Bengal pushed for more goals before half time, but had to settle for a 2-1 lead at the break.

Joey May and Ricky Eaton introduced Calvin Poku in an attempt to get Redbridge back into the contest, but it took some time to work.

Eventually the substitution did, however, but only after Worrell had equalised with five minutes left.

Three minutes later and the Motormen’s substitution paid off with Poku lobbing home the winner from outside the area.

It sparked wild celebrations from the Redbridge bench, as they continued their superb form in the division.

Elsewhere, Tower Hamlets produced a fine comeback of their own at home to FC Romania on Saturday.

The visitors took the lead after just six minutes and doubled their advantage just past the half an hour mark.

But Wale Odedoyin pulled one back on the stroke of half time to give Hamlets hope going into the second period.

The same man was on target straight after the restart as Ade Abayomi and Ajay Ashanhike’s team got back on level terms.

It stayed that way despite more chances for both teams and Romania and Hamlets had to settle for a point each.

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