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Essex Senior League: Sporting Bengal 1 Ilford 2

PUBLISHED: 09:10 14 January 2018 | UPDATED: 09:10 14 January 2018

James Peagram scored his 24th goal of the season in Ilford's win at Sporting Bengal (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

James Peagram scored his 24th goal of the season in Ilford's win at Sporting Bengal (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

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Ilford earned the east London bragging rights over Sporting Bengal thanks to a last-minute winner at Mile End Stadium on Saturday.

The Foxes made the short trip on the back of a 2-0 home defeat against high-flying FC Romania a week earlier, while Bengal had opened their 2018 schedule with a 4-1 loss at Sawbridgeworth.

The visitors had Glen Warwick making his return from a long-term injury and saw James Peagram add to his impressive tally this season with his 24th goal of the campaign in the first half.

Codey Cameron hit back to level with a low right-footed shot during the second half and it looked like honours would finish even, until Alex Skeva popped up late on to win it for the visitors.

Joint boss Billy Cove tweeted: “Today’s win was all about team spirit, so chuffed as the boys have worked so hard this week and got what they deserved.

“The celebration after the last minute winning goal was amazing. Back to winning ways.”

Bengal boss Imrul Gazi was left disappointed by defeat, posting: “I can’t believe we haven’t taken ANYTHING from that game today! Outstanding goalkeeper from their keeper.

“My lads were brilliant in the 2nd half but you just can’t account for individual errors. Tale of 2 keepers for sure! Good luck @ilfordfcfoxes for the season #gutted.”

Ilford host West Essex on Wednesday, while Sporting Bengal visit Woodford Town.

*Barkingside had to settle for a share of the spoils after a 2-2 draw with Woodford Town at Cricklefield Stadium.

Roddy Lemba and Matheus Santos were on target foor Michael Walther’s men, who climbed to 16th place ahead of their Friday night trip to leaders Redbridge, who had a free weekend.

*Tower Hamlets had a day to forget at Great Wakering Rovers, as they suffered a 6-1 defeat.

The hosts took a seventh minute lead when Nathan Dewberry slotted home and he doubled his tally on the quarter-hour mark.

James Ross replied for Hamlets just past the half-hour mark, but Rovers restored their two-goal cushion when Billy Johnson curled home a free-kick.

It was 4-1 just before half time as Johnson struck again and he completed his hat-trick eight minutes into the seconnd half.

Dewberry rounded off his own treble on 70 minutes to leave Hamlets well beaten ahead of Tuesday’s trip to Takeley, who saw Will Green and Carl Mullings hit hat-tricks as they romped to a 9-0 win over Burnham Ramblers on Saturday.

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