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Gardner hails solid United

PUBLISHED: 11:14 06 November 2008 | UPDATED: 13:45 05 October 2010

BETHNAL GREEN UNITED maintained their Middlesex County League championship charge with an emphatic win at Broadfields United on Saturday. The Premier Division title hopefuls took the lead inside two minutes through Kadir Jama and proceeded to dominate th

BETHNAL GREEN UNITED maintained their Middlesex County League championship charge with an emphatic win at Broadfields United on Saturday.

The Premier Division title hopefuls took the lead inside two minutes through Kadir Jama and proceeded to dominate the encounter as Tony Field, Daniel Lodge and Shane Drew completed the rout.

But after watching his rampant side smash four goals past their outclassed opponents, Bethnal Green boss Justin Gardner paid tribute to a solid defensive display.

Following a rocky start to the season, in which they shipped five goals in their opening fixture, Bethnal Green have now conceded just three times in eight matches, sparking their rise up the league table.

"Everyone played really well, but our defence was fantastic. Our two centre-halves Daniel Carins and Ajibola Olatunbosun were winning everything in the air and Phabian Baker was probably man of the match at left-back," said Gardner.

"We've always scored goals over the years, even in the games we've lost, but defensively we look really strong at the moment. It's not rocket science to work out that if you're scoring goals and keeping clean sheets, you're going to win games."

The outcome at Broadfields was essentially settled midway through the first half as United surged into a two-goal lead inside 20 minutes.

Gardner deployed Tony Field as a makeshift striker and his deep cross from the right wing allowed Kadir Jama to head home within two minutes of the kick-off.

A sweeping move involving Baker, Jama and Jamie Barry allowed Danny Sabroche to square for Tony Field to fire in United's second but an unseemly end to the first half, in which players from both sides engaged in an unnecessary melee, marred an otherwise dominant performance.

"I told them at half-time not to get involved in anything stupid like that again," warned Gardner. "Some teams in this league can't compete with our football and will try to disrupt our game, but we've got to rise above it."

Bethnal Green did exactly that after half-time and could have added to their lead before Daniel Lodge netted the third goal 15 minutes from time following a sweeping pass from Nathan Mulgrave and substitute Shane Drew put gloss on the scoreline late on.

Bethnal Green United visit Kodak Harrow on Saturday (3pm). See www.bethnalgreenunitedfc.co.uk for details.

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