Match Report: Barkingside 1 – 3 Sporting Bengal Utd (ESL)

Essex Senior League

Venue: Cricklefield

Attendance: 76

Date: Monday April 3rd 2017 7.50pm

Barkingside  : Sky Blue Shirts, Navy Blue Shorts and Navy Blue Socks

 Sporting Bengal Utd: Orange Shirts, Black Shorts and Black Socks

Barkingside v Sporting Bengal players before KO (ESL 3.4.17)
Barkingside & Bengal players before KO


Scott W reporting (Follow me on Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

On a fairly serene evening at Cricklefield, Barkingside took on Sporting Bengal Utd in another Essex Senior League match. Before kick-off, there was a minute’s silence recognising the loss of Barkingside U17 player Andrew Balfour, who sadly passed away following a battle with leukaemia. My best wishes to Andrew’s family and friends & I applaud the collection that was organised to assist his family.

Bengal were making their second trip to Cricklefield in three days following Saturday’s loss to Ilford, and made six changes to their starting XI (see teamsheet below)

The start of this match was fairly even, with Bengal having early chances through forwards Oscar Mendes and Yaya Embalo. For the home side, midfielder Liam Clifton’s free-kick was punched away by visiting goalkeeper Denzel Kobia. Barkingside did take the lead though, as winger Kai Heather lobbed Kobia well on 20 minutes. This unsurpringly buoyed the hosts, and on the half-hour, forward Jason Fontaine tried a lob of his own over ‘keeper Kobia though could only find the side-netting.

Heather was also pinging in a few good crosses from the right flank, giving the Bengal defence a few nervous moments. Bengal though were still decent though going forward as with 12 minutes to go until the break, winger Lewis Francis sent in a good cross from the right wing, only for Mendes to head just wide. Moments later, Mendes shot wide after a Bengal corner was half-cleared. With five minutes to go until the break, captain Paul Wright’s free-kick was headed wide by fellow defender Scott Mitchell.

Half-Time: Barkingside 1 – 0 Sporting Bengal Utd

After the break, Bengal really stepped it up a gear, having chances early on through Francis and midfielder Bayo Cuino who both shot wide, followed soon after by Embalo who misjudged his header whilst in a good position.

Just past the hour mark, Bengal did level after Mendes found himself in the area and lobbed home ‘keeper Tyler McCarthy. Game on.  Having got back in the match, the visitors piled forward and got further impetus by taking the lead nine minutes after the equaliser as winger Francis was well found by a free-kick in space on the right wing, blasting a fierce drive past McCarthy from just outside the box. Bengal sealed the points with eight minutes remaining, as forward Embalo coolly slotted past McCarthy to complete the turnaround.

Barkingside seemed to lose their rhythm after the break and struggled to create chances, which will no doubt disappoint manager Gus Gulfer. Credit to the visitors though, they deserved the three points as Mendes, Embalo and Francis really gave the home defence a tricky time of it in the second half especially. Barkingside stay 10th, level on points with Hullbridge in 11th, though ‘Side have a game in hand. Bengal remain 19th, though are now 12 points clear of the bottom three.

Full-Time: Barkingside         1   –   3       Sporting Bengal Utd

                   Heather 20’            Mendes 63’  , Francis 72’,  Embalo 82’



Manager: Gus Gulfer

Sporting Bengal Utd

Manager: Imrul Gazi

1  Tyler McCarthy  (GK) 1  Denzel Kobia  (GK)
2  Ibrahim Conteh 2  Anthony Murray-Bruce   (Subbed 88’)
3  Paul Wright   (C) 3  Shafi Noor
4  Scott Mitchell 4  Jack Lamb
5  Danny Blake           (Subbed 85’) 5  Freddy Tandon  (C)
6  Jason Ajoodha 6  Mark Wheeler
7  Kai Heather       (Subbed 46’) 7  Codey Cameron
8  Sam Edwards 8  Bayo Cuino
9  Jason Fontaine 9  Oscar Mendes
10  David Laird 10  Yaya Embalo
11  Liam Clifton       (Subbed 77’) 11  Lewis Francis    (Subbed 90’ +1)


12  Fionn Glancy   (On 77’) 14  Chris Wright         (On 90’ +1)
14  George Ademilyu   (On 46’) 15  David Vaughan    (On 88’)
15  Augustus Ruzgas   (On  85’) 16  Tony Tandon
16  Jimmy Nottage 17  David Tarawali
17  Marvin Birch 18  Daryl Noble


Lee Markwick

Assistant Referees:

Matthew Friend

Abdel Hamid Zekri


Author: survivor16b

I'm a Mental Health survivor (been surviving for years) & campaigner. I also like Music & Sport. This blog is centred on all things Non-League Football, mainly Match Reports of matches I've seen (mainly Essex Senior League (ESL) but also other Leagues) though it also houses the regular round-up's of the ESL action plus the Essex Olympian League divisions regularly. It also has the odd post about the scary world that we're all in, talking from a Mental Health perspective. Thank you for reading.

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