S21-22 Match Report: Sporting Bengal Utd 0 – 2 Athletic Newham (Wed 26 Jan) [ESL 21-22 27.1.22]

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Essex Senior League – Premier Division

Venue: Mile End Stadium

Attendance: TBC

2021-22 Season: Match 52

Wednesday 26th January 2022 – 7.45pm KO

S Bengal: Blue Shirts, Blue Shorts, Blue Socks

Ath Newham: Red & White Shirts, Red Shorts, Red Socks


Action still from the first half at Mile End

Energetic display from Newham gains another win at Sporting Bengal

Sporting Bengal Utd  0 – 2  Athletic Newham

Match Report & Photos by Scott W  [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

The Non-League road continued on Wednesday night with a return to Mile End to see Sporting Bengal welcome play-off chasing Athletic Newham in the Essex Senior League. Sporting Bengal narrowly lost out at Hoddesdon Town four days prior to this match and named Kevin Rrushi in goal, with a midfield of Todor Germanov, Louie Maxwell and Djibril Cante, with a forward line of Yaya Jau, Gianfranco Mici and Mark Nwokeji, who played for Dagenham & Redbridge some twelve years ago. Their options from the bench included forward Quincy Roberts, Daniele Paoloni, Stany Mongha and Ajani Bryan-Wilson. Newham have a few games to catch up on due to their superb FA Vase run to date and named Wilkinson Boateng as their goalkeeper, a midfield of Benjamin Bodipo, Anderson Baro, Abdul Shobowale and Jacques Leurs. In atttack, the league’s leading scorer in Richard Kone was joined by Joel Appiah and Rasheed Salau. From the sidelines, their substitutes included the experienced Simon Bamidele, Babs Sonupe and Best Toke.

The match got underway with the visitors looking to assert themselves in possession and put the Bengal defence under pressure. After only three minutes, Bengal custodian Kevin Rrushi was alert to claim a deflected free-kick from tricky Newham midfielder Anderson Baro. Chris Davis’ side did continue to have more ball retention in the early stages of the contest, with Abdul Shobowale making good runs down the left channel and putting in some good crosses from that side. Richard Kone was occupying defenders from fairly early on as well and after evading his marker, Rrushi did well reach down low to deny Kone’s strike on fourteen minutes.


Newham were finding their rhythm going forward at this point in proceedings, and a well-struck overhead kick by captain Joel Appiah needed the fine intervention of Rrushi to claw the ball onto the far side post. Bengal’s counter-attacks were fairly rare in the first half, with forward Yaya Jau unable to unnerve visiting goalkeeper Wilkinson Boateng & instead fired well over the goal frame. By the midway point of the half, you felt it was a case of when Newham would score rather than if, and defender Perez Goumou’s good header from Baro’s corner was gratefully gathered by Rrushi.

At the other end, Boateng was largely untroubled at this point, with a decent strike by centre-back Daniel Udanoh from just inside the eighteen-yard area eventually being gathered. Unfortunately for the hosts, the closing minutes of the half proved to be somewhat costly. Five minutes before the break, a fierce strike from Benjamin Bodipo evaded the grasp of Rrushi and went low into the net to give Athletic Newham a deserved lead.


Newham made the most of this good spell as another well-worked move three minutes later allowed forward Rasheed Salau to finish from close range to ultimately give the visitors the lead they deserved for their approach play and their chances created.

Half-Time: Sporting Bengal 0 – 2 Athletic Newham

Bengal manager Steve Clark made a change at the interval, bringing on Ajani Bryan-Wilson for central midfielder Djibril Cante and to their credit, they did show work rate, spirit and defensively they held firm as they looked to get back into the contest. That being said, Newham were unlucky not to put the match beyond doubt midway through the half as another Baro set-piece was headed onto the crossbar by Salau. Moments later, midfielder James Runham’s powerful strike was well saved by Rrushi and soon after, Kone got past the impressive Udanoh but the angle on goal was narrow and he could only fire off-target.


Newham were pretty comfortable defensively, although Gianfranco Mici did find half a yard of space before striking at goal, though the strike lacked the power to bypass Boateng, who claimed the ball well. Appiah also drifted a effort wide of goal although he did have a good game here, leading his side well.

In the latter stages, Bengal did make some good runs down the flanks with Bryan-Wilson and full-back Karmani Collington being willing runners though in the end, they couldn’t create enough in the way of chances to really merit any points in the match. The final whistle blew and Newham can feel happy with a good performance earning them another win, which takes them back into fifth spot, ahead of Saffron Walden on goal difference, with Newham travelling to Catons Lane at the weekend.




Full-Time: Sporting Bengal Utd 0 – 2 Athletic Newham

In summary, Newham put in a characteristic display of high work rate and good possession though if their finishing was more clinical, they would have would have won this tie much more convincingly. Bengal did show spirit, particularly in the second half, with decent approach play though ultimately Newham goalkeeper Wilkinson Boateng had a largely stress-free evening.

There were several notable performances from both sides in this match. First up for victors Newham, skipper Joel Appiah put in a fine display, building attacking moves alongside rapid forward Richard Kone who occupied defenders and on another day would have had at least one goal. Also, full-back Perez Goumou had a good all-round match making good defensive clearances and showing good energy and passing. Finally, technical midfielder Anderson Baro also again looked good on the ball and showed his ability to put in good crosses and free-kicks. Baro also did a good share of defensive work for his side to assist his team. For Bengal, centre-back Daniel Udanoh had a really good game, making good clearances when his defence was under considerable pressure, alongside the influential Freddy Tandon, who also had a really good match. Goalkeeper Kevin Rrushi pulled off several good saves to keep his side in the game in the first half and lastly, substitute Ajani Bryan-Wilson also made a difference down the right flank in the second half, looking to get involved in good forward moves.

Best wishes to both sides for the remainder of the season.


Teams

Sporting Bengal Utd  | Manager: Steve Clark

Starting XI (Subs): 1 Kevin Rrushi (GK), 2 Darius Maxime, 3 Kamarni Collington, 4 Todor Germanov, 5 Freddy Tandon, 6 Daniel Udanoh, 7 Louie Maxwell, 8 Djibril Cante (17 Ajani Bryan-Wilson 46’), 9 Yaya Jau (12 Quincy Roberts 65’), 10 Gianfranco Mici, 11 Mark Nwokeji (14 Daniele Paoloni 57’)    

Subs Not Used: P Paul, Mongha


Athletic Newham  | Manager: Chris Davis

1 Wilkinson Boateng (GK), 2 Perez Goumou (12 Best Toke 86’), 3 Louis Hiobi, 4 James Runham, 8 Benjamin Bodipo, 11 Jacques Leurs (7 Babs Sonupe 70’), 15 Anderson Baro, 14 Rasheed Salau, 10 Joel Appiah (Capt), 17 Richard Kone, 16 Abdul Shobowale (19 Simon Bamidele 80’)

Goal-scorers: Benjamin Bodipo [40’], Rasheed Salau [43’]

 Subs Not Used: Owootomo, Gaye


Referee: Sam Everitt

Assistants: Royan Campbell & Adrian Vernica

  

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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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