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Sporting Bengal shock Clapton

PUBLISHED: 08:07 13 October 2016 | UPDATED: 08:07 13 October 2016

A Sporting Bengal player heads the ball on against Clapton (pic Tim Edwards)

A Sporting Bengal player heads the ball on against Clapton (pic Tim Edwards)

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Sporting Bengal 3 Clapton 1

Sporting Bengal earned the east London derby braggging rights after beating the Tons at Mile End Stadium last night.

And their second Essex Senior League victory of the season allowed Imrul Gazi’s men to climb off the bottom of the table above Haringey & waltham and Burnham Ramblers.

Bengal had conceded three goals in the last eight minutes to lose 3-1 to Basildon United on Saturday, while Clapton suffered a 1-0 home reverse against Southend Manor at the Old Spotted Dog.

But Sporting had won 2-0 when the two rivals met in the FA Cup in late August and the home side opened the scoring again, before Hussain Jaffa’s towering header levelled matters and saw the sides all square at the interval.

Sporting regained the lead with a good near-post header from a left-wing corner in the second half, though, and added a late third in the final five minutes to make sure of the points.

A second win in 10 league matches ended a four-match winless streak and lifted Sporting up to 20th ahead of a 10-day break from action, until their FA Vase tie with Southall on October 22.

Tons, meanwhile, missed out on a chance to move up to third and remain in seventh place, looking to bounce back at Hullbridge on Saturday.

Delighted Sporting boss Gazi could not hide his delight at his side’s triumph, taking to to social media to post: “Great evening at Mile End made that more special by @ClaptonUltras. A massive 3 points for my boys. Will really help the confidence.”

Clapton’s Kristian Haighton, meanwhile, posted: “Sorry for my performance today! Fans were amazing and we didn’t work hard enough!”

Clapton: Robins, Adu Gyamfi (Cook), Ashman, Haighton, Ikomi, Jaffa, Lyndon, Nielsen (Lemba), Reed (Webb), Sardinha, Vigo. Unused subs: Taylor-Reid.

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