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Sporting Bengal set for run of away games after big derby win

PUBLISHED: 17:00 24 October 2018

A Sporting Bengal United player gets away from a Hoddesdon Town opponent (pic: Tim Edwards).

A Sporting Bengal United player gets away from a Hoddesdon Town opponent (pic: Tim Edwards).

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Imrul Gazi praised the efforts of his young team and Tilbury loanee Ibrahim Ugradar

After a deserved break, Sporting Bengal United will return to Essex Senior League action on Saturday with a mouth-watering clash at rivals Walthamstow.

The two London clubs have both made excellent starts to the new campaign and look likely to remain in the upper echelons of the standings for the majority of the 2018/19 season.

Walthamstow are currently on a 10-match run of league games without a defeat which stretches back to a 4-1 loss at Takeley on August 18.

The Stags have scored lots of goals during the long unbeaten streak including putting four past Barkingside (4-0) and three past Redbridge (3-0).

It has moved Walthamstow into the top four, but they can expect a tricky encounter with Bengal, who are in equally terrific form.

Sixth-placed Bengal have also not suffered a defeat for a significant period of time as their last loss occurred back on September 29, which was six league games ago.

Last time out in the division, Imrul Gazi watched his team come from behind to secure a fantastic derby win at home to Clapton on Friday night.

In front of a crowd of 79, the Tons went into a two-goal lead early on, but the Mile End hosts fought back brilliantly.

A brace by Jay Knight plus goals from Steve Carvell and Jason Ngandu helped Bengal pick up another three points following a thrilling 4-2 win.

Once again young stopper Ibrahim Ugradar started in goal for the east Londoners and caught the eye despite conceding twice last week.

Gazi praised the custodian on loan from Tilbury and the rest of his squad amid plenty of injury problems right now.

He said: “The team we have out at the moment is really young and our bench is full of teenagers really.

“In goal we have Ibrahim on loan from Tilbury, he has played a number of games for us and done really well, so it’s great to have him.

“We want to always make sure we put out a team who can compete, so hopefully we can continue to do that.”

Bengal will aim to make it seven games without a defeat on Saturday at Walthamstow before a big derby on Monday.

Gazi’s side are technically the ‘away team’ for the clash with rivals Tower Hamlets at the Mile End Stadium, but will aim to get local bragging rights.

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