Sporting Bengal bloom in Vase replay

PUBLISHED: 09:01 09 September 2015

Sporting Bengal and Burnham drew 1-1 at Mile End Stadium on Saturday (pic: Tim Edwards)

Sporting Bengal and Burnham drew 1-1 at Mile End Stadium on Saturday (pic: Tim Edwards)


FA Vase: Burnham Ramblers 2 Sporting Bengal 4

Sporting Bengal came from two goals down to win their FA Vase replay at Leslie Field last night.

Victory earned Anwar Uddin’s men a home tie with Halstead in the next round next month, but their success was somewhat overshadowed by a serious injury to a Burnham player.

The hosts took the lead on 29 minutes when a long throw-in found Ashley Hawkins at the near post to fire a shot on the turn under the keeper.

Sporting hit the post from a free-kick soon after, before forcing Godwin-Green to make a good save.

Burnham went 2-0 up four minutes before the break when Hawkins sent a great shot in off the crossbar for his second goal of the night and they went close to a third after a mix-up in the visiting defence, but were denied by a goalline clearance.

Sporting hit back two minutes after the restart with a tap in at the far post from Carlos Aoldirve, but Burnham went close to restoring their two-goal cushion as the visiting keeper made a good save and saw another effort fly over his crossbar.

The tie was turned on its head, though, as Sporting netted three times in eight minutes to take control.

Aoldirve grabbed his second with a great finish high past Godwin-Green to level it up just before the hour, before Toib Adeyeni showed great control in the box to put Sporting ahead on 63 minutes.

And it was 4-2 when Javier Rivera finished off a superb sweeping move on 67 minutes.

Burnham’s Joe Paxman was stretchered off with a suspected broken ankle 15 minutes from time and although the hosts went close to a late consolation it made little difference.

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