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Essex Senior League: Sporting Bengal United ‘ready’ for busy spell according to Imrul Gazi

PUBLISHED: 14:00 30 March 2017

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

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

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East London club travel to Cricklefeld Stadium twice over next few days to take on Ilford and Barkingside

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

Sporting Bengal United manager Imrul Gazi insists his squad is ready to cope with four Essex Senior League games in the space of eight days this month.

The Mile End Stadium club make the trip to Cricklefield Stadium on Saturday to face Ilford, before going back there again on Monday to take on Barkingside, who groundshare with the Foxes.

Bengal then travel to Haringey & Waltham next Thursday (April 6), before visiting West Essex a couple of days later, but Gazi is excited.

He said: “We had a good chat after the defeat to Takeley last weekend and Saturday is the big one now.

“Ilford will be looking to bounce back and we are hoping to get back on track as well after losing last time.

“We have four games coming up in eight days, so it is going to be a busy period, but it is another challenge.

“Last Saturday was our last home match of the season, but fortunately most of the fixtures coming up are local.

“Hopefully I have a strong squad available for this weekend and that way we can give Ilford a good game.”

Gazi will go up against two experienced managers in the shape of Foxes’ Allan Fenn and Side boss Gursel Gulfer over the coming days.

Bengal lost the previous meetings with Ilford and Barkingside 3-2, but are hoping to show their improvement at Cricklefield Stadium.

With the two games taking place at the same venue in the space of three days, Gazi’s first-team coach Arosh Ali joked he would stay there.

“Arosh travels to us from Milton Keynes, so he said he should bring his sleeping bag and stay in the car park at Cricklefield,” added Gazi.

“It is going to be interesting and I read last week that Gursel wants to stay unbeaten now and Allan is always a confident manager that wants to win every game.

“Both are very experienced and know this level and above, so I am looking forward to the challenge.

“We were close to getting something from the two games before, so I want us to try and get maximum points this time.”


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