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Essex Senior League: Sporting Bengal United in ‘good place’ ahead of new campaign says boss Imrul Gazi

PUBLISHED: 14:00 26 July 2017

Sporting Bengal United manager Imrul Gazi at the Mile End Stadium (pic: Tim Edwards).

Sporting Bengal United manager Imrul Gazi at the Mile End Stadium (pic: Tim Edwards).

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East London club ended last season strongly and have retained most of their squad and add a couple of new faces this summer

Imrul Gazi believes Sporting Bengal United are in a good place ahead of the start of the new Essex Senior League season.

The Mile End Stadium club have enjoyed a strong summer after ending the 2016/17 campaign in fine form.

Bengal finished 19th last season, but the east Londoners are confident they can do better than that this time around.

Gazi said: “We are in a good place and the squad is pretty similar to last season plus I have more experience, so there are no excuses.

“We know it is going to be tough and we are under no illusions about the fact we will be underdogs again.

“For us it is about making sure we are not in that bottom four with relegation coming into play this season.

“If we can start well and get as many points as possible from our first 10 games then who knows what can happen.”

Last season Gazi chopped and changed his squad during the first few months of the season, but Bengal have a settled team this time around.

Every member of the club has also tasted life in the Essex Senior League before, so there are no novices.

“We have 25 players so hopefully we have enough depth to get through the first 10 games of the season,” said Gazi.

“The majority of our squad from last year have returned and we have just got three or four new faces for the first-team.

“We have a lot more depth compared to last season and I feel I now have people to bring off the bench.

“I am hoping everyone can stay fit and if that is the case we should do well and there are no excuses.

“Everyone has played at this level before and we have no novices, so I want us to build on last season and I am quietly confident we can do that.”

The 2016/17 season only finished on April 29 and three months later it is starting up again this weekend.

Gazi admits it has come around fast and is excited for Bengal to start away to Takeley on Saturday.

He added: “There is no rest for the wicked and we are practically going back into three games a week until Christmas.

“It should be another interesting season and we are looking forward to Saturday, so hopefully we start well.”

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