Anwar anticipates a big battle between foes

PUBLISHED: 08:00 04 March 2016

Sporting Bengal United manager Anwar Uddin gives instructions on the touchline with assistant Steve Clark behind (pic: Tim Edwards).

Sporting Bengal United manager Anwar Uddin gives instructions on the touchline with assistant Steve Clark behind (pic: Tim Edwards).


The two Mile End Stadium clubs go head-to-head this weekend

Sporting Bengal United manager Anwar Uddin wants his team to win a third consecutive match at their Mile End Stadium home in the Essex Senior League on Saturday.

They defeated Newham 2-0 last weekend with goals from Jeffrey Nguede and Tunde Adewunmi having beaten Waltham Forest 3-1 on home soil back on February 17.

But this weekend they will be the ‘away’ side as they do battle with local rivals Tower Hamlets.

It is a massive fixture for both clubs and Bengal will be looking to claim the bragging rights once again after winning the previous meeting 3-1 in August.

Uddin said: “I don’t think we have ever done the double over Tower Hamlets, well certainly not for a long time.

“The first match was a great game with a fantastic atmosphere and I thought we thoroughly deserved the win.

“I was very impressed with Tower Hamlets, they have some good young players and I thought they would be closer to us in the table rather than 17th.”

Bengal are currently 12th on 37 points from their 32 matches after beating Newham last weekend.

Uddin wasn’t at the game due to his work with the Football Supporters’ Federation, but he is back for Saturday’s big derby.

And the former West Ham youngster admitted it would give him great pride to triumph again, adding: “They don’t want us to do the double over them, so that will be their motivation.

“In my first season, it would be fantastic to win it twice, even if we haven’t achieved anything else.”

While Bengal haven’t made it through to any cup finals, they have helped develop a number of footballers in the borough.

Goalkeeper Lewis Lockyer has represented East Thurrock in the Ryman Premier Division this season and midfielder Teo Borozan played for Witham Town in Ryman North last weekend.

More of Uddin’s players are set to move up from the Essex Senior League just like Randell Williams did from Tower Hamlets.

He added: “It is about what you class as success. At the start of the year, they had a player I was really impressed with and he has gone on to sign for Crystal Palace.

“That is fantastic and we are both creating a platform for people so if they want to play football and improve to better themselves and reach a higher level, they can with ourselves and Tower Hamlets.”

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