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Wed 17 Oct 19:45 - Essex Senior League - Senior Division Attendance 70

Motormen Beaten at Bengal

Redbridge were well beaten losing 5-1 at Sporting Bengal United, our goal coming from Calvin Poku

The Motormen travelled made the short journey to the Mile End Stadium looking to continue their recent good form which had seen them win their last two matches away at Takeley and Southend Manor however standing in their way were a much improved Sporting Bengal United side themselves on a four match unbeaten run.

From the off the home side looked to attack and Ashaan Siddik had the first chance within the first twenty seconds but his shot from range was off target.

The early pressure resulted in Sporting going ahead which came after just four minutes when a free kick from Steven Carvell was floated in and Lewis Greene in goal called as he looked to punch clear however he was beaten to the ball by Kamrul Duncan who had the simple task of heading into an empty net to give his side the lead.

Sporting Bengal Utd v Redbridge -17/10/18 by Philip Lindhurst
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Redbridge then came up the other end looking for an immediate reply and had opportunities through Larry Asare and Jack Stevenson however it was the home side who came closest to scoring when from a corner Declan Nche connected with a header and but for Daniel Smith clearing off the line would have certainly scored.

Redbridge took advantage of that near miss as they broke away and Calvin Poku picked the ball up in a wide position fired a shot which beat Ibrahim Ugradar at his near post to level the scores.

The goal changed the pattern of the game and it was now the away side who looked most likely to score the next goal which almost came when Stevenson played in Asare who saw his shot beat Ugradar but crash against the crossbar and away to safety.

Bryan Kyungu then tried his luck with a curling effort which only just went wide of the upright before Bengal regained the lead once more as Carvell played a lovely through ball into the path of Bobby Redwood and he went past Greene before slotting home .

The home side were now well and truly in control playing some lovely quick moving football which Redbridge were struggling to live with and it was no surprise that they extended the score line although the goal did come through a slice of luck.

Carvell once again who seemed to be at the heart of everything played a ball upfield which took a massive deflection off a Redbridge played falling at the feet of Redwood who kept his composure before firing past Greene.

Redbridge were almost handed a life line when Ugradar threw the ball straight into the path of Poku but fortunately there were enough defenders on hand to sniff out the danger and the chance had soon gone.

The final effort of the half came when Sporting substitute Jack Lamb fired a shot from distance which hit the side netting as Greene in goal was happy to see it fly wide.

Into the second period and it took only two minutes for the home side to score again as Carvell played a defence splitting pass into the path of ex Redbridge striker Jay Knight and although his first touch took him wide he still managed to fire a shot on target which went through the legs of Greene and into the goal.

Redbridge briefly came forward themselves as Stevenson saw his shot parried by Ugradar before the ball was cleared to safety.

It was then almost a carbon copy of the last goal as Carvell again played a ball straight through the middle looking for Knight but this time Greene stood firm and saved with his legs to deny a certain goal.

The bar once again saved Sporting as Tommie Turner cut inside from the left flank before unleashing a shot which skimmed against the woodwork before a corner was then swung in falling at the feet of Quincy Egbejale but he fired over from close range.

Redbridge were having a good spell but denied yet again when a Vinny Murphy free kick beat the keeper only to bounce against the crossbar and away to safety.

Sporting then came close themselves as a lovely ball across to the far post found substitute Cody Cameron who connected well but saw his shot just narrowly miss the goal with Greene beaten.

In the final minutes Jason Ngandu showed good skill to beat Smith before firing over the bar when it appeared easier to score however the home side were not to be denied and with injury time being played Lamb played in Cameron who slotted home to seal an impressive win.

report by Adam Silver

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  • Calvin Poku Goal 15:00'
  • Michael Ogboin Sub On 72:00'
  • Calvin Poku Sub Off 72:00'
  • Ashley Bankole Sub On 81:00'
  • Vinny Murphy Sub Off 81:00'

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League table

# Team Pl Pts
14. Clapton 24 28
15. Stanway Rovers FC 24 27
16. Redbridge FC 23 23
17. Southend Manor FC 23 21
18. Tower Hamlets FC 24 21
19. Leyton Athletic FC 23 15
20. Barkingside FC 23 12