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Sporting slump; Hamlets happier

PUBLISHED: 07:00 08 November 2015

Sporting Bengal United manager Anwar Uddin (pic: Tim Edwards).

Sporting Bengal United manager Anwar Uddin (pic: Tim Edwards).

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Essex Senior League: Sporting Bengal 1 Hullbridge 3

Sporting Bengal’s FA Vase heroes were brought back down to earth by Hullbridge at Mile End Stadium.

Having hit Southall for six a week earlier, to book their place in the second round of the Vase and another home tie with Sleaford, Anwar Uddin’s men put a four-match league unbeaten run on the line.

Bengal took the lead after 14 minutes through Abdi Samad, but the visitors were back on terms just four minutes later through Jimmy Cox.

And Cox struck against 10 minutes before half time, after a great ball in from Charlie Gerada, to put Hullbridge 2-1 up at half time.

The hosts dominated possession, but Hullbridge keeper Rory Clark held firm as his side soaked up the pressure.

Substitute Luke Hornsley made it 3-1 just before the hour mark and Bengal missed a gilt-edged chance to hit back soon after.

Harry Skinner went close to a fourth for Hullbridge late on, but the visitors had done enough to bank the points.

Uddin tweeted: “Disappointing @SportingBengal performance, we were well beaten, the only positive was that it’s another opportunity to learn #GoAgain.”

Bengal will look to bounce back when they visit Burnham’s Leslie Field on Tuesday.

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Stansted 0 Tower Hamlets 1

Sunday Wasiu’s second-half goal was enough for Hamlets to come home with the points.

Held to a 0-0 by Takeley at Mile End Stadium in midweek, Hamlets headed up the M11 to Hargrave Park with the pitch ruled fit for play despite heavy rain.

Randell Williams was booked in the first half, but Wasiu made the breakthrough on 62 minutes and it proved decisive.

Issouf Traore had his name taken by the referee soon after, but Hamlets held on for only their second win in eight matches and three much-needed points.

Tower Hamlets: Stinca, Abalo, Cedras, Lazoio, Ndao, Traore (Agala 69), Williams (Lukondo 69), McLean, Bello, Wasiu, Miller. Unused sub: Keita.

Clapton’s trip to Bowers was called off due to a waterlogged pitch at the Len Salmon Stadium, while Newham were also left frustrated as their match at FC Romania suffered a similar fate.


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