Sporting Bengal boss frustrated
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Uddin: We did enough to win FA Vase tie
Sporting Bengal United manager Anwar Uddin was left frustrated as his side missed a host of chances to draw 1-1 at home to Burnham Ramblers in the FA Vase first qualifying round.
Burnham took the lead in the first half through Joel Barnett, but substitute Xavier Rivera levelled with 14 minutes to play.
Neither side could find a winner in extra time, though, and will meet again on Tuesday.
Uddin said: ”It was an extremely bizarre game, Burnham started extremely well and had several early chances, but we also had a hatful of chances and I believe we did enough to win the game, so Tuesday’s game is unnecessary.
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“They also missed an open goal with five minutes to go, so even though were frustrated, we can also count ourselves lucky to still be in the draw.”
Sporting were short on numbers as seven of their first-team squad were away competing in the Asian Championships.
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“We were extremely depleted after seven of our first team squad were in Glasgow and New York competing in the Asian Championships,” said Uddin, who was delighted with the players that came into the squad.
“I’m pleased with the depth of our squad. We had three of the guys starting their first game of the season and some that came in and played at this level for the very first time,” he added.
Sporting travel to Leslie Field tomorrow in the replay and Uddin is positive, but expecting another tricky game, adding: “Tomorrow will be a tough game, we are a young team and I’m always confident of getting a positive result.
“Burnham are a well organised team, they impressed me on Saturday and I’m expecting another difficult game tomorrow.”
The winners will host Halstead Town in three weeks time and Uddin thinks his side have a real chance.
“I’m confident we can make it into the next round, we are capable of giving anyone a game on our day and the boys will go out there and give it a real go,” he said.