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Newham and Sporting Bengal can’t be separated

PUBLISHED: 10:15 13 August 2015 | UPDATED: 13:24 13 August 2015

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Essex Senior League: Newham 1 Sporting Bengal United 1

It ended honours even in the east London derby between Newham and Sporting Bengal United last night (Wednesday) in the Essex Senior League.

The management team of Shamrez Darr and Kevin Lucas watched their Newham side in action for the first time competitively yesterday at their new temporary home - Tilbury’s Chadfields Stadium.

Bengal got their campaign underway on Saturday and new boss Anwar Uddin saw his chargers fight back to earn a point at Sawbridgeworth Town following a 2-2 draw.

A minutes applause was held before kick-off to mark the passing of local footballer Junior Dian, but after that the action got underway.

It was the visitors who made the brightest start and Uddin’s team took the lead in the 15th minute. A fantastic free kick from Carlos Aoldirve beat the wall and the Newham goalkeeper to put Bengal ahead.

That was how it remained until the break, but Darr and Lucas’ men soon got back on level terms in the second period.

Vlad Sighiartau, who was on trial with Ryman North side Hornchurch during the summer, converted a penalty to equalise for the home team.

Unfortunately neither team was able to grab a winner and the bragging rights were shared on this occasion.

Bengal boss Uddin, who played, praised his side after the match and wished their league rivals all the best for the rest of the campaign.

He said: “Pleased with a well earned point away from home, all the best to Newham for the rest of the season.”

Uddin’s assistant manager Steve Clark added: “Proper game of football. Newham were excellent and should do well this year. We again were immense, away from home – tremendous!”

Darr was also complimentary of his east London rivals, adding: “A well, hard earned point for Newham against a well organised and well drilled side in Sporting Bengal. Good luck for the season Anwar Uddin.”

Bengal now switch their attention to the FA Cup where they visit league rivals Basildon United in the extra preliminary round of the competition.

Newham, meanwhile, are in league action on Saturday and face Greenhouse Sports at Coles Park.

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