Sporting Bengal bloom in Vase replay

Sporting Bengal and Burnham drew 1-1 at Mile End Stadium on Saturday (pic: Tim Edwards)

Sporting Bengal and Burnham drew 1-1 at Mile End Stadium on Saturday (pic: Tim Edwards) - Credit: Archant

FA Vase: Burnham Ramblers 2 Sporting Bengal 4

Sporting Bengal came from two goals down to win their FA Vase replay at Leslie Field last night.

Victory earned Anwar Uddin’s men a home tie with Halstead in the next round next month, but their success was somewhat overshadowed by a serious injury to a Burnham player.

The hosts took the lead on 29 minutes when a long throw-in found Ashley Hawkins at the near post to fire a shot on the turn under the keeper.

Sporting hit the post from a free-kick soon after, before forcing Godwin-Green to make a good save.


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Burnham went 2-0 up four minutes before the break when Hawkins sent a great shot in off the crossbar for his second goal of the night and they went close to a third after a mix-up in the visiting defence, but were denied by a goalline clearance.

Sporting hit back two minutes after the restart with a tap in at the far post from Carlos Aoldirve, but Burnham went close to restoring their two-goal cushion as the visiting keeper made a good save and saw another effort fly over his crossbar.

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The tie was turned on its head, though, as Sporting netted three times in eight minutes to take control.

Aoldirve grabbed his second with a great finish high past Godwin-Green to level it up just before the hour, before Toib Adeyeni showed great control in the box to put Sporting ahead on 63 minutes.

And it was 4-2 when Javier Rivera finished off a superb sweeping move on 67 minutes.

Burnham’s Joe Paxman was stretchered off with a suspected broken ankle 15 minutes from time and although the hosts went close to a late consolation it made little difference.

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