The FA Cup Prelim Round – Replay (Season 2018-19)
Venue: Mile End Stadium
2018-19 Season – Match 11
Wednesday 29th August 2018 – 7.45pm KO
S Bengal Utd: Royal Blue Shirts, Royal Blue Shorts, Royal Blue Socks
Brentwood Town: Maroon Shirts, Maroon Shorts, Light Blue Socks
Brentwood tough it out to win a cracker at Mile End
Report by Scott W (Twitter: ScottMHC14) with photos by Peter D (Twitter: @ped1980)
The FA Cup Prelim Round continued with this fascinating replay between Sporting Bengal Utd and Brentwood Town at Mile End Stadium. The initial tie ended 1 – 1 at the Brentwood Arena the previous Saturday.
With regards to the respective line-up’s, Bengal named a strong starting XI with Bobby Redwood leading the attack with Steven Carvell, skipper Ashaan Siddik and Codey Cameron among the supporting cast. For the Blues, player-assistant boss John Easterford partnered Connor Martin in the centre of defence, with ex-Romford goalkeeper Rob Budd between the sticks. The forward line was led by Jack Mitchell and Alfie Hilton.
The game got underway with an early flourish from the hosts as a neat move involving forwards Steven Carvell and Bobby Redwood led to playmaker Ashaan Siddik’s cross from the right which evaded everyone in the box. Redwood showed his intent with an effort from the edge of the 18-yard area on 11 minutes.
However, it was Brentwood who struck first as a long-throw from the right was flicked on by defender John Easterford which found full-back Oluwatobi Joseph unmarked at the back post who helped himself to a tap-in just 12 minutes into the game. Joseph could’ve had another only three minutes later but his scuffed shot was gathered by home goalkeeper Suleyman Mahmood. Blues forward Jack Mitchell was also giving the Bengal defence a headache at times with his darting runs though it was Bengal who had the next big oppurtunity as Blues custodian Rob Budd fouled Redwood in the area. Penalty to Bengal though Budd atoned for his error with a decent save from a Siddik penalty which in truth, lacked power.
In the last third of the first period, chances were being shelled at both ends. Brentwood skipper for the evening Albert Levett’s free-kick only just went over the bar before Siddik and Carvell missed the target for the hosts. As Bengal began piling on the pressure to the visiting defence, Redwood’s goal-bound was well-denied by Budd. A mixture of near-misses and committed defending saw the Blues through to half-time with their narrow lead intact.
Half-Time: Sporting Bengal 0 – 1 Brentwood Town
As the second-half breezed into life, Imrul Gazi’s side again started fairly brightly though Siddik blazed a shot from 20 yards over the bar and then Carvell was denied by a combination of the inspired Budd at point-blank range and the post. Carvell by this stage was orchestrating attacks for the hosts though they couldn’t quite create the final ball to thread through the Blues defence.
At the other end, substitute Ayrton Coley was asking the home defence questions with his intelligent runs though Bengal centre-backs Anthony Bruce and Kamarl Duncan dealt with the opposing forwards admirably. Bengal had further chances on the hour as first from a corner, substitute David Vaughan couldn’t direct his header from close range and in the next attack, Siddik blasted over the bar.
The hosts had a lifeline on 68 minutes though as Redwood was felled just inside the area which meant another spot-kick for Bengal. Full-back Jon Watson took up the responsibility and duly converted past Budd to level up the tie once again. However, unlike the original tie, the score was level for all of two minutes before Blues forward Alfie Hilton’s calm finish saw the visitors re-take the lead.
Codey Cameron was really a thorn in the visitors’ side down the Bengal right flank all evening and his direct running and pace led to a corner though from that resulting corner, Cameron’s firm header was just wide. In the latter stages of this pulsating contest, both sides saw a man dismissed as the game got somewhat strained given the rising tension, Adeji for Bengal and Cuthbert for Brentwood both on the other end of two yellow cards. With minutes remaining, Carvell’s powerful drive fizzed just wide of goal before a moment of quality ended the tie in added-time.
Spotting that Bengal galkeeper Mahmood way off his goal-line, Blues winger Levett unleashed a crafty lob from 30 yards which found the target well to cue celebrations from the visiting side and their supporters who had travelled in good numbers here. Brentwood saw out the remaining moments of the match and with it, progression into the next round where will welcome Bostik Premier side Haringey Borough.
Full-Time: Sporting Bengal Utd 1 – 3 Brentwood Town
In this scribe’s opinion, the main difference between the teams tonight was the visitors’ finishing and perhaps that little bit of experience. In fairness, if Bengal had taken more of their chances, it could have been a marketedly different match though Sporting Bengal have a lot to be proud of given their work rate and passing moves and if they keep building, who knows where they will end up come April.
Sporting Bengal Utd | Manager: Imrul Gazi
Suleyman Mahmood (GK), Chris Greenslade (Danny Tenkorang 72′), Jon Watson, Joshua Adeji, Kamarl Duncan, Anthony Bruce, Codey Cameron, Ashaan Siddik (Capt), Bobby Redwood, Steven Carvell, Zakariya Haque (David Vaughan 46′)
Goal-scorer: Jon Watson [pen 68′]
Booked: Siddik | Sent Off: Adeji (two bookings) |
Subs Not Used: R Choudhury, Ryan-McCall, R Gazi, Okoli, Hamzah
Brentwood Town | Manager: Craig Shipman
Robert Budd (GK), Jack Gardner (Connor Tyrell 87′), Oluwatobi Joseph, Mitchell Hunter, John Easterford, Connor Martin, Harry Doyle (Ayrton Coley 46′), Ryan Mallett, Jack Mitchell (Harry Cuthbert 58′), Alfie Hilton, Albert Levett (Capt)
Goal-scorers: Oluwatobi Joseph [12′], Alfie Hilton [71′], Albert Levett [90’+2]
Booked: Hunter | Sent Off: Cuthbert (two bookings) |
Subs Not Used: Falaise, Brown, Scott, Blockley (GK)