Essex Senior League: Sporting Bengal United manager Imrul Gazi happy for history to repeat itself

PUBLISHED: 16:00 21 March 2017

Action from Sporting Bengal's clash with Burnham (pic Tim Edwards)

Action from Sporting Bengal's clash with Burnham (pic Tim Edwards)


Shiblu Miah and Oscar Almeida Mendes were on target against Burnham Ramblers on Saturday to earn Mile End Stadium club another 2-1 success

Action from Sporting Bengal's clash with Burnham (pic Tim Edwards)Action from Sporting Bengal's clash with Burnham (pic Tim Edwards)

It was a case of déjà vu for Sporting Bengal United and boss Imrul Gazi on Saturday in the Essex Senior League, but they weren’t complaining.

The Mile End Stadium club won 2-1 against Burnham Ramblers with Shiblu Miah and Oscar Almeida Mendes on target.

Bengal had defeated Southend Manor by the same scoreline the previous weekend with the aforementioned duo also netting at the Arena.

Gazi said: “It was the same two again on the scoresheet, so it was history repeating itself on Saturday.

“It wasn’t our best performance, but again we were comfortable and it is the sort of game we would normally slip up in.

“This time we didn’t do that and we got the most important thing which was the three points and we never looked like losing.”

It means Bengal remain unbeaten in March having won all three of their league fixtures during the month.

Gazi has turned things around for the east Londoners following a tricky spell between October and November last year.

Action from Sporting Bengal's clash with Burnham (pic Tim Edwards)Action from Sporting Bengal's clash with Burnham (pic Tim Edwards)

Bengal are still in the bottom four - in 19th position - but they have made a lot of ground on the clubs above them.

18th-placed Enfield have played one more game than Gazi’s team and are only three points better off.

But if Bengal can maintain their excellent form then they could move as high as 16th before the end of the campaign.

“The standards we have set in 2017 show how far we have come. I said at the start of the season it was going to be a learning curve for me,” said Gazi.

“My background has always been youth football and a lot of my players are playing in the league for the first time as well this year.

“This season was all about finding out more about ourselves, but one of my main aims was to continue developing players.

“I feel we have done that and I want to help people improve and move higher up to the Ryman and other leagues.

“But right now we have players who want to be at the club and there is a real buzz around the place and the team.”

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