Match Report: Sporting Bengal Utd 3 – 3 Redbridge (Sat 28th Sept) [ESL 19/20 29.9.19]

Essex Senior League

Venue: Mile End Stadium

Attendance: TBC

2019 – 20 Season: Match 25

Saturday 28th September 2019 – 3pm KO

S Bengal: Green Shirts, Red Shorts, Green Socks

Redbridge : Red Shirts, Red Shorts, Red Socks





Bengal & Redbridge battle to a very entertaining draw at Mile End

Sporting Bengal Utd 3 – 3 Redbridge

Report & Photos by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

After a mini-break from ESL action recently, I returned ‘to the field’ with a fascinating tie in store which saw Sporting Bengal welcome Redbridge to Mile End. Imrul Gazi’s side have competed in the UK Asian Championships in Glasgow recently, while the Motormen are right in the middle of a squad re-build and from afar, both sides have been scoring goals of late so that added to the anticipation before the match.

Bengal named a front three of Curtley McIntosh, Bobby Redwood and Steven Carvell with Charles Gregory and Chaka Barnett supporting them. Billal Khan retained the goalkeeper’s jersey while Adil Haque, Dominic Stephens and Tanvir Ahmed were options from the bench. Redbridge named Florent Gislette in goal, skipper Liam Burgess in midfield and a front three of Tom Harvey, Tony Martin and reliable goal-getter Daniel Gilchrist. James Barlow, Sam Dickens and recent addition Rujorn Tuitt were all among the substitutes.

The match didn’t take long to ‘get into gear’ with home custodian Billal Khan called into action after just four minutes to deny a drive by Motormen forward Tom Harvey. It was Bengal who took the lead though five minutes later as attacking midfielder Chaka Barnett was fouled in the area. Charles Gregory stepped up and concerted the resulting spot-kick. The hosts couldn’t celebrate for long though on 12 minutes, the visitors vanquished their arrears as Dan Gilchrist pounced with a cool finish to beat Khan to level things up. The early stages saw both teams ‘going for it’ and there was no lack of chances created. Bengal forward Bobby Redwood’s strike was parried by visiting goalkeeper Florent Gislette out of danger before Redbridge centre-back Joe Maskell headed over after a hurried clearance by the hosts led to a corner.

Both teams continued to create chances, almost in tandem as with the half-hour mark coming, the visitors were well-denied following Gilchrist’s pass to strike partner Tony Martin who only had Khan to beat though Bengal’s stopper did well to snuff out the chance. At the other end, Curtley McIntosh was stretching the visiting defence with runs down the channels, and his build-up fed Carvell who fired wide twice in as many minutes. Khan then denied Gilchrist and Maskell whose header was adjudged to have not passed the goal-line.

Half-Time: Sporting Bengal Utd  1 – 1  Redbridge

Bengal started the second half strongly and early-doors, a good move involving McIntosh and Barnett found Carvell who again fired a thunder-bolt narrowly wide of the goal-frame. Barnett then had a half-chance himself, though Gislette pushed away his header at the near post. Imrul Gazi’s side would not be denied though as two quick-fire goals gave them the impetus in this game. First, on 51 minutes, the ball was threaded through to McIntosh who calmly passed home into the far corner with only the stranded Gislette to beat. Then, as the visitors were still recovering two minutes later, Barnett’s fine cross from the right gave Redwood a tap-in. Even then though, with the tenor of the match being as it was, you still felt there was more drama to come.

We weren’t disappointed. Just after the hour mark, the visitors made the most of a yard of space just outside the 18-yard box as Harvey Brown teed up skipper Liam Burgess to lash a cracker into the top corner, giving Khan no chance. Unsurprisingly this lifted Micky Wetherall’s side and after substitute Anthony Bruce had denied Martin another good chance at goal, a goal-mouth scramble followed with Bengal under heavy pressure. As we went into the latter stages of this enthralling tie, Bengal full-back Jerry Jairette did well to ghost in past the Redbridge backline though Gislette denied his header before Redwood fired a promising chance wide after another good run by Barnett.

The topsy-turvy nature of this one continued. Redbridge substitute Rujorn Tuitt had looked a threat since his introduction, and with fifteen minutes left, he was fouled in the area by Bruce. Gilchrist stepped up to take the penalty and fired it low into the corner. Redbridge did finish the match the stronger as midfielder Harvey Brown was denied by the impressive Khan with a fingertip save in added-time though it was hard to deny both sides a share of the points.


Full-Time: Sporting Bengal Utd 3 – 3 Redbridge

All told, this match was a real winner in terms of both sides wanting to play attacking Football and on another day it could easily have been 5 – 5, such was the open manner in which it was played. I don’t often say this though today, a draw really was the fair result. Both managers respected the opposition’s abilities I felt and I wouldn’t be surprised if both teams got mid-table finishes this term.

Also, I have to give a brief mention to the youthful team manning the Tea Bar by the stands, certainly added a nice aura to the tone of this match, they did a good deed for their club so good on them.

Finally, in terms of stand-out performances, for the home side, goalkeeper Billal Khan made at least three good saves to assist his defence while the front three of Curtley McIntosh, Steven Carvell and Bobby Redwood all posed a threat with McIntosh leading the line well, Carvell’s passing and strikes a near ever-present danger. Recent signing Chaka Barnett was also a threat down the right flank with his trickery and pace. It’s good to see Bengal having perhaps a few more options in attack this term.  For the Motormen, forward Daniel Gilchrist showed again why he is highly-thought of at this level with his pace, finishing and calmness. Tom Harvey and Tony Martin also added to the danger posed by the visiting front three, playing their part in good teams moves, while substitute Rujorn Tuitt also made an impact in his cameo, and ‘keeper Gislette also made a few good saves to round off a good display by Micky Wetherall’s team.



Sporting Bengal    |  Manager: Imrul Gazi

Billal Khan (GK), Jerry Jairette, Raul Gazi (Anthony Bruce 68’), Joshua Adeji, Edward Lang (Capt), Kaleem Luthra, Chaka Barnett (Adil Haque 77’), Charles Gregory (Dominic Stephens 70’), Curtley McIntosh, Steven Carvell, Bobby Redwood

Goal-scorers: Charles Gregory [pen 9’], Curtley McIntosh [51’], Bobby Redwood [53’]

Booked: Gregory, Bruce | Subs Not Used: T Ahmed, Ross


Redbridge  |  Manager: Micky Wetherall

Florent Gislette (GK), Luke Stanley (Rujorn Tuitt 65’), Jordayne Henry, Jack Blackledge (Sam Dickens 57’), Joe Maskell, Dean Hall, Harvey Brown, Liam Burgess (Capt), Tom Harvey, Tony Martin (James Barlow 77’), Daniel Gilchrist

Goal-scorers: Daniel Gilchrist [12’ & pen 76’], Liam Burgess [63’]

Booked: Burgess, Blackledge, Tuitt | Subs Not Used: C Brown, Latimer

Referee: Michael Scott

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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