Search

Bethnal Green United lucky to escape with a draw

PUBLISHED: 11:34 17 December 2009 | UPDATED: 15:23 05 October 2010

Alfred Kamara played well on Saturday

Alfred Kamara played well on Saturday

Bethnal Green United were outplayed and lucky to get away with a point, despite Witham Town scoring a last-minute equaliser at Mile End Stadium on Saturday

Bethnal Green United were outplayed and lucky to get away with a point, despite Witham Town scoring a last-minute equaliser at Mile End Stadium on Saturday.

The Greens had taken the lead as early as the 10th minute thanks to Anton Stephenson's 11th goal of the season, but after surviving an 80 minute barrage, the hosts succumbed to a 92nd minute header from Witham's Robert Whitnell.

It was the East End clubs third 1-1 draw in succession and manager Justin Gardner could not hide his disappointment.

"This is making me ill. It is gutting to draw in that manner, certain individuals are cheating themselves and the team and a lot of them are not right mentally when it comes to match days," he admitted before paying homage to his opponents.

"Without a doubt they deserved the draw and they were the better team. We dominated the first 10 minutes, we scored, but from then on, they controlled the game."

It was Stephenson who found the target for the home side, his powerful drive found the corner of the net from eight yards out, after Kadir Jama played a neat one-two with the prolific front man.

Gardner had brought in Bradley Falco at centre back for his debut and the on-loan Hornchurch defender had to be at his best to keep out the dangerous Witham forward line.

"I thought Bradley was awesome, as was Anton and Kadir, but the rest of the midfield were useless," Gardner said.

"We have lost the ruthlessness we had earlier in the season and as soon as we take leads we step off the gas. We lost possession and control in midfield and I will be bringing in more midfielders to try and sort this out."

United have an excellent chance to make amends and as they prepare to take on Barkingside in the League Cup quarter-final first leg at Mile End Stadium this Saturday.

"Every game is important and to get to the final and maybe win a tournament in our first season at this level would be some achievement," Gardner said.

"I'm always confident we can get a result and I know the players we have are good enough to win any game at this level.

If you value what this gives you, please consider supporting our work. Click the link in the yellow box below for details.

Latest East London Sports News

18:00

Sports movies occupy a peculiar and often frankly unwatchable place in the annals of Hollywood history.

The father-and-son team of Bob and Steve Kipps finally called time after 38 years, predominantly spent as boxing coaches at the Crown & Manor Club in Wiltshire Row, Hoxton in February 2015.

10:30

A total of 2,221 laps and dodging the dog is the story for East London runner

Yesterday, 19:34

The Football Association Council has ratified the decision to effectively cancel the 2019/20 season for sections of the non-league, women’s and grassroots game.

Yesterday, 16:00

Read Virgin Sport CEO Jessica Frey’s top tips on running during the coronavirus lockdown.

Yesterday, 14:38

The English Football League has estimated that 56 days will be needed to complete the season in a letter sent to clubs.

Yesterday, 13:30

Creative and media agencies have teamed up to create a campaign encouraging people to exercise safely during the coronavirus pandemic.

Yesterday, 10:00

Leyton Orient chairman Nigel Travis and vice-chairman Kent Teague are trying to operate business as usual while being in lockdown across the pond in the United States of America.

PROMOTED CONTENT

Festival organisers AEG Presents will once again be providing a variety of exciting opportunities for young people at this year’s event

Looking to rent in London? Securing the keys to a new home in any big city can be an ordeal but there is a way to avoid the common pitfalls of London rentals - dodgy landlords, dubious décor and downright dicey security.

Cauldron Foods’ comedy night will give vegans the last laugh as Vegan comics dispel vegan myths.

Most read sport

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Docklands and East London Advertiser
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now

Most Read

Latest from the East London Advertiser