Kamara strikes as United rediscover top gear
PUBLISHED: 14:34 02 October 2008 | UPDATED: 13:40 05 October 2010
BETHNAL GREEN UNITED hit top form at home for the first time this season as they cruised to a convincing victory over Southall at Mile End Stadium on Saturday. Alfred Kamara netted 15 minutes from time to seal a deserved triumph in the Middlesex County
BETHNAL GREEN UNITED hit top form at home for the first time this season as they cruised to a
convincing victory over Southall at Mile End Stadium on Saturday.
Alfred Kamara netted 15 minutes from time to seal a deserved triumph in the Middlesex County League Premier Division as United finally produced the high-octane football that had been missing in the opening weeks of the campaign.
Bethnal Green boss Justin Gardner ditched his three-man midfield in favour of a traditional 4-4-2 formation at the club's new ground and the results were spectacular as his side produced a stylish display to maintain their position in the league's top four.
"Everything just seemed to click together," Gardner said. "I told the Southall manager afterwards, 'Don't be too hard on your players' because that's the best we've played this season - maybe the best we've played since I've been here."
Kamara stole the show with the winning goal late in the second half but Gardner reserved special praise for forward Shane Joseph, whose physical presence unsettled the Southall defence.
He said: "Shane was just out of this world. He had a fantastic game and completely terrorised their defence - if it had been a boxing match, they would have called it off."
It was Joseph who had the first real chance of an entertaining encounter, outmuscling his opposite number and placing a low shot narrowly wide of the far post, while Danny Sabroche sent a chipped effort over the crossbar.
With Kamara and debutant Leon Ryan controlling the midfield, United continued to create opportunities and Kadir Jama sent two long-range efforts over before half-time.
Bethnal Green remained in the ascendancy after the break and almost took the lead following a flowing move involving Fabian Baker, Kamara, Ryan and Ricky Field, which culminated in Field firing against a post.
United were finally rewarded for their supremacy 15 minutes from time when Joseph shrugged off his marker and found Kamara, who took one touch before lashing a fierce shot low into the bottom corner.
Southall struggled to respond but appeared set for an unlikely equaliser in stoppage time until Daniel Carin threw himself in front of a goalbound shot to relieve the danger.
Bethnal Green United play Newham Borough at Mile End Stadium this Saturday (3pm).