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Stepney FC sweat to beat Hawk & Eagle

PUBLISHED: 11:20 21 November 2016

Stepney FC face the camera before beating Hawk & Eagle

Stepney FC face the camera before beating Hawk & Eagle

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Whipping boys put up a fight in latest fixture

Stepney FC were made to sweat for maximum points against dogged rivals Hawk & Eagle on a bitterly cold day.

Hawk & Eagle FC have been the whipping boys of the winter league campaign so far this season, but a 14-goal loss a fortnight ago was subsequently followed up with a morale boosting cup win last week.

It seemed to raise confidence amongst the ranks of the Eagles, who so far this season have failed to soar anywhere near the heady heights of the ILFL league table.

The first half was a fiery affair with Stepney going all out to boost their goal difference.

Manager Mujibur Rahman had lost a few regulars, but set up an attacking formation after the heavy losses suffered by their rivals recently.

Mustafa Shahid set the Reds on the way with a neat finish from a through ball by captain Zaheer Saleh, but that was cancelled out by Mahin Zaman. Veteran Forhad Ahmed restored the Stepney lead, but the Eagles seemed to be a different team altogether with Shazib Miah again levelling after capitalising on a defensive blunder.

Stepney took the lead for a third time, 15 minutes into the second half, when Harun Rashid was fouled outside the box and Shuheb Ahmed lifted an exquisite free-kick over the wall and into the right corner to make it 3-2.

Hawk & Eagle refused to give in and upped their energy levels in search of an equaliser, but player manager Rahman brought himself on to add an extra man in midfield for Stepney.

A goalmouth scramble 10 minutes from time saw goalkeeper Ruku Sultan suffer a painful arm and shoulder injury after a fantastic clearing save, which meant he could play no further part in the game.

Club stalwart Sham Zaman slotted in between the sticks as Stepney stroked the ball around to seal an unexpectedly hard fought win.

Manager Rahman said: “It was cold, it was harsh but the important thing is we won.

“Well done to the team and to our opponents for their attitude. They may not be having the best season, but they have plenty of spirit and fire in their belly.”


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