Ramblers entertained Sporting Bengal on Saturday in a crucial fixture. The opposition were in the lower reaches of the league and very much involved in the battle for the bottom places so it was imperative that we took maximum points from the fixture. However, of late Bengal's results had improved dramatically and to win we realised that this match required all our determination, commitment and teamwork.
Ramblers looked nervous in defence for the first 20 minutes or so with a number of hurried clearances and miss kicks which was most probably a hangover from the midweek thrashing at Barking which left confidence low. However, after 13 minutes a foul on Bradley Morgan inside the box resulted in a penalty which Charlee Hughes coolly dispatched in the bottom corner with the goalkeeper diving in the opposite direction. For the remainder of the half Ramblers were on top and created good chances to increase their lead but these were either thwarted by good saves or sloppy finishing HT 1-0.
The second half commenced and Ramblers maintained their tempo and a deserved second goal arrived after 50 minutes again from the penalty scored by Charlee Hughes. The opposition were forced to throw more players in to attack trying to retrieve the situation but the defence held firm with only minor scrambles occurring in our box, one of which Chris Leonard made a fine save from. As the game went in to the last 10 minutes it became very stretched and Ramblers had 2-3 excellent breakaway chances to seal the result which unfortunately were not accepted.
We managed to keep a clean sheet with the 2 goal victory which should boost confidence for the next matches. FT 2-0. Our next game is away to Wadham Lodge on Wednesday 18th January followed by Clapton who are riding high in 3rd position in the league on Saturday 21st January.