Doubles all round as United hit back to maintain run
PUBLISHED: 18:16 28 January 2009 | UPDATED: 13:59 05 October 2010
Bethnal Green United's blistering second-half display overwhelmed Hayes Gate on Saturday and extended the club s record-breaking winning streak to nine matches
By JONATHAN CLEGG
Bethnal Green United's blistering second-half display overwhelmed Hayes Gate on Saturday and extended the club's record-breaking winning streak to NINE matches.
The Middlesex County League club, who have won every league fixture since September 20, remain joint top of the Premier Division after a four-goal blitz stunned battling Hayes in a 6-2 triumph.
The visitors appeared on course to become the first team in five months to collect a point from Mile End Stadium when they led five minutes before the interval.
But United hit back with a breathtaking performance after the resumption, carving apart the Hayes defence at will to create a steady stream of chances and netting four times without reply.
Striker Marlon Campbell and midfielders Nathan Mulgrave and Alfred Kamara each fired doubles in the club's biggest league win of the season and boss Justin Gardner hailed a clinical second-half showing.
"We were absolutely outstanding after half-time. Hayes were the better team in the first half, but they didn't know what hit them," said Gardner.
"Every team we play is hungry to beat us and stop our winning streak but we showed what we're all about in the second half."
United had taken an early lead when Mulgrave curled home his fourth free-kick of the season, but Hayes responded with two goals in quick succession to edge ahead midway through the first half.
Hayes looked set to hold a half-time lead until Kamara fired home Mulgrave's cross five minutes before the break.
There was little to suggest that United were on their way to an emphatic victory at that stage, but Gardner's side stepped up a gear immediately after the restart and Mulgrave slammed Ryan's precise pass into the corner to regain the lead.
Kamara capped an inspirational display by netting his second on the hour before Gardner introduced new signing Jahed Khan, the former Stepney forward, with 20 minutes remaining.
Khan almost made an immediate impact with a low shot that drew a smart save from the Hayes goalkeeper, but the striker played a part in United's fifth when his blocked effort fell to Campbell, who converted from close range.
Campbell crowned United's stunning display late on with a sublime turn before rifling in his side's sixth goal.
Bethnal Green United visit Marsh Rangers in the Middlesex County League Senior Cup on Saturday (1.30pm).
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