Uddin: Sporting understrength for derby with Newham

Barking's Steve Willis is sent flying by a Sporting Bengal rival (pic: Terry Gilberrt)

Barking's Steve Willis is sent flying by a Sporting Bengal rival (pic: Terry Gilberrt) - Credit: Archant

Tower Hamlets aim to silence Robins

Sporting Bengal United manager Anwar Uddin admits they will be missing various key men for their derby clash with Newham at the Mile End Stadium this weekend.

They go into the Essex Senior League match after defeats at Stansted and Barking, but did register a win recently.

Last Wednesday (February 17) goals from Maamoon Khan, Abdisamad Mohamed and Terlochan Singh helped them beat Waltham Forest 3-1 at home.

But on Saturday, they lost 4-0 at Barking and on Tuesday the Airportmen defeated them 2-1 despite Teo Borozam’s goal.

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Ahead of facing Newham this weekend, Uddin revealed what other problems they have.

He said: “We might be missing more players. Some of them have done really well and I want to reward them by giving them an opportunity at a higher level club.

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“I won’t stand in their way, we are not going to win the league so we could be even more depleted for Saturday’s match. Again it gives an opportunity to another person and hopefully they can take it.”

Uddin went on to reveal success for the club comes from helping players move up the leagues. Bengal are 12th at the moment, having drawn 13 times in the division and won seven games.

“I really don’t think our league position reflects the players we have and our performances, but I am happy because individuals are improving,” added Uddin.

“We are talking to one club from a higher level about four or five of our boys and that is success for me because I want them to get that opportunity.”

If those players are to move on before the weekend, it will make Bengal’s derby date with Newham even more difficult.

The two clubs faced each other at the start of the campaign in August and it ended 1-1. But Uddin admitted you can’t really read anything into that earlier clash, adding: “The league is quite interesting.

“You will play a team and then face them again three months later and they have completely changed.

“I take my hat off to the managers in this division because it seems you do well for a period and then lose a load of your players. It is difficult, but a great challenge and one I’m enjoying.”

Tower Hamlets travel to take on Sawbridgeworth Town this weekend. Their fixture with Burnham Ramblers at Mile End Stadium was postponed last Saturday due to a waterlogged pitch.

Ade Abayomi’s men have dropped to 16th in the table, but will look to shoot down the Robins this week and get back on track.

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