Sporting Bengal boss Uddin has no fear ahead of facing the league leaders
PUBLISHED: 10:00 09 October 2015
Former West Ham United youngster discusses another great week and challenges that are coming up
Sporting Bengal United are hoping their recent success will lead to more people coming to their Essex Senior League fixture to celebrate Non-League Day on Saturday.
Anwar Uddin’s team make the trip to Waltham Forest on Saturday before entertaining leaders Bowers & Pitsea on Wednesday.
The Bengal boss will not be at the game himself this weekend as he is away with the England national team for work, but he is hoping more supporters of bigger sides will go to the clash at Wadham Lodge.
Uddin’s men are currently on a three-match winning run after thrashing Halstead Town 4-0 in the second qualifying round of the FA Vase on Saturday.
On missing the match against Forest on Saturday, Uddin explained: “I am in Lithuania at the weekend for my day job with England, but I have been putting the miles in during the week and been round to people and schools, letting them know what teams are on their doorsteps and why they should support them.
“I would love nothing more than for people in the East End, who support West Ham or Leyton Orient maybe, that want a second team to come and watch us against Waltham Forest on Saturday.
“I’ve known my assistant boss Steve Clark for a long time and he is a fantastic coach. We have been working really hard all summer and during the season.
“We are almost like a machine now. When somebody is missing, someone else will come in and they know what to do and that is the same if I am not there, everyone knows what to do.”
That has been the case for Bengal in recent times as they continued their fine form.
Last week they thrashed Enfield 5-0 at the Mile End Stadium before scoring four more against Halstead to pocket £800 in prize money. That has given them confidence ahead of facing Forest and table-topping Bowers.
Uddin added: “They are the best team in the league and these are the kind of matches you want to play in, I’m hoping we have a few more bodies back for that.
“We are missing people at the weekend, but there is no pressure on us in this game against Bowers and I love these ones. As underdog these are the matches you enjoy playing in.
“I have no fear going into any game, even if it is against the league leaders, and if we do the things we have been doing I will be happy. If we get beaten by the better side that is fine, it is football, but it is how you learn from it, so I’m really looking forward to playing Bowers & Pitsea.”
A brace by Tunde Adewunmi and goals from Prince William and Yacine Teladjati earned Bengal their victory over Halstead and they host Southall in the next round on October 31.
Uddin’s side won £800 after that victory and the former Dagenham & Redbridge captain admits it is much-needed at the Mile End Stadium club.
He said: “The money we receive is massive, we didn’t have tracksuits before and after the previous round we brought a load of jumpers for the players. Now we can buy winter hats and silly things like that.
“When I was at the Premier League with West Ham all the way down to non-league, if I wanted something I was able to get it, but here it is completely different.
“You don’t get that so the £800 prize money is very welcome because silly little things like buying hats, balls and bibs we don’t have money for. It is like getting money in to create a foundation here. We want to look the part and then hopefully somebody will look at us and think that is an attractive club.
“I definitely wanted a home draw because whoever we play, if we are at home I will be confident and it is actually a great draw against FC Southall, they are a team from the west side of London and there is a little bit of rivalry because some of our players know a few of them.”