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Essex Senior League: Sporting Bengal United boys will ‘relish’ chance to beat Barking

PUBLISHED: 08:00 17 February 2017

A Sporting Bengal player clears against Enfield (pic Tim Edwards)

A Sporting Bengal player clears against Enfield (pic Tim Edwards)

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Imrul Gazi’s men looking to raise their game once again when they face one of the best clubs in the division

Imrul Gazi wants Sporting Bengal United to rise to the challenge of facing Essex Senior League leaders Barking this weekend.

The two east London clubs face off at the Mile End Stadium with both in desperate need of the points, but for different reasons.

Barking are looking to remain at the top, but Bengal are determined to ensure they don’t get an easy ride as they look to move up the table.

“I know they are flying, but these are the games my players seem to be relishing at the moment,” said Gazi.

“We went to Sawbridgeworth Town recently and should have won. We were two up and then lost it 3-2.

“It seems, for whatever reason, we are raising our game against the better clubs, so hopefully we do the same again on Saturday.”

Bengal and Barking have already done battle twice this season in the League Challenge Cup and Gordon Brasted Memorial Trophy.

The Blues won both contests, but they were made to fight by Gazi’s side and can expect another stern examination on Saturday.

“We have played Barking twice in the cups and done fairly well. The first time around we only lost 1-0,” added the Bengal manager.

“The match was heading for penalties when we conceded with virtually the last kick of the game, so that was hard to take.

“When we played in the Trophy (January 31) it was a mud bath, but we had three goals disallowed and I’m not sure what for.

“We lost 3-0 in the end, but they haven’t outplayed us this season, although I’m aware they probably didn’t play their strongest team, so we’ll see what happens.”

Bengal impressed at FC Romania on Wednesday night before suffering a cruel 3-2 defeat at Theobalds Lane.

Steve Carvell and Codey Cameron were on target again with the latter netting a brace in the 4-0 win over Enfield 4-0 on Saturday.

New signing Carvell and Oscar Almeida Mendes also scored last weekend to give Gazi’s team a comprehensive and deserved victory.

After facing Barking this weekend, Bengal travel to Haringey & Waltham next Wednesday for a match they would expect to win.

But Gazi added: “You would think we are favourites for that game, but these are the fixtures where we seem to struggle and I don’t know why.”

“It might be a mentality thing, so that is something I need to try and work out. We went to Burnham Ramblers recently and lost when most people expected us to win.

“Haringey beat us in December too, although I’m always confident we are going to create chances and the key for us is putting the game to bed early.

“We aren’t expected to get anything off Barking, but Wednesday is a match where we’ll want to pick up some points.”

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