United keep treble dreams alive

PUBLISHED: 10:08 19 March 2009 | UPDATED: 14:12 05 October 2010

Bethnal Green United remain on course for an historic treble after advancing to a second semi-final of the season

Bethnal Green United remain on course for an historic treble after advancing to a second semi-final of the season at Mile End Stadium on Saturday.

The Middlesex County League club recovered from an early deficit to sweep aside quarter-final opponents FC Assyria and march into the last four of the Senior Open Cup.

Goals from Marlon Campbell, Michael Begg and man of the match Marlon Boateng inspired a triumph that keeps alive United's hopes of capturing three major trophies this season, with the club due to meet Southall in the semi-finals of the Alec Smith Cup this weekend.

United also remain in contention for the Premier Division title and currently lie just three points behind league leaders Hayes United, raising the prospects of success on three fronts and a record-breaking end to the campaign.

"It would be absolutely amazing to do the treble and it's very much still on," said United boss Justin Gardner.

"We're the form team at the moment and Hayes know that. If we can keep up the pressure, the treble's certainly not out of the question. But our ultimate goal is winning promotion - I'd happily sacrifice everything else to achieve that."

Bethnal Green's comfortable victory over Division One opponents FC Assyria suggests Gardner will not be forced to sacrifice cup success for a promotion challenge as a much-changed line-up continued the club's good form.

United had fallen behind to Dani Samoo's brilliant free-kick inside the opening 15 minutes, but the home side were quick to respond, with Jahed Khan hitting the crossbar and Begg seeing a goal disallowed before substitute Campbell struck with his first touch to level after half an hour.

Bethnal Green were ahead within 10 minutes of the break as Boateng's shot from the edge of the area struck both posts before crossing the line, while Begg sealed the outcome with his first goal for the club following a long throw-in from Wesley Erskine.

Bethnal Green United visit Southall in the Alec Smith Cup on Saturday (2pm).

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