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Hullbridge Sports 1 Sporting Bengal United 1 – Hullbridge win 4-2 pens

 (Gordon Brasted Memorial Trophy 1st Round)

Report & Photo by Neil Hunwicks @ABridgeTooFar16


On a fairly misty evening at Lower Road, Hullbridge Sports took on Sporting Bengal United in the Gordon Brasted Memorial Trophy (First Round). Hullbridge were without Charlie Gerada and Sam Taylor, which meant they switched Aaron Hunwicks to left back and played Luca Frankis out of position wide on the left.


There was only 2 minutes on the clock when Hullbridge took an early lead. It was a carbon copy of the second Ilford goal on Saturday as Jimmy Cox took the free kick and this time it was Luc Frankis at the far post to slot it home for Sports. Sports did have more of the early play and racked up the chances, but Sam Dulieu and Jimmy Cox couldn’t find the target. Sports suffered an early setback as forward Howard Wright had to be substituted on 18 minutes, when he seemed to twist his ankle and Jamie Buffin replaced him.


On 21 minutes Sports couldn’t get near the Bengal midfielder Ashaan Siddik’s as his mazy run got through the Hullbridge defence, but Hullbridge goalkeeper Bobby Mason did well to make the final save. As Hullbridge struggled to reshape after the substitution, Bengal levelled with 26 minutes on the watch as Mahdi Khan’s shot squirmed through Mason’s legs at the near post.


Hullbridge midfielder Lewis Watson’s header hit the crossbar from full-back Charlie Buffin’s right sided cross, but three minutes later, Siddik’s goal-bound drive was well tipped-over the bar by Bobby Mason as the game became end to end attacking and finally Bengal were awarded a penalty four minutes before the break. Bengal skipper Freddy Tandon’s spot-kick was well-saved by Bobby Mason, diving to his left.


Only a minute into the second half, Lewis Watson’s drive was parried away by Bengal goalkeeper Ataaib Khan and he was forced in to further saves minutes later from Watson again and Player / Manager Rob Hodgson soon afterwards.


With 68 minutes gone, Jimmy Cox’s shot was saved by Khan following a good run by Rob Hodgson as it was all Hullbridge. Bengal did pick up in the latter stages though with shots on goal from Mahdi Khan, Jamalur Rahman and Codey Cameron, but they couldn’t get past Bobby Mason in the Sports goal. Deep into added-time, Bengal were awarded another penalty after a foul by Charlie Buffin, which saw him make an early exit as this was his second Yellow card of the night. This time, Cameron took the penalty to take the tie for the visitors, but he blasted it over the bar, which meant the tie went to penalties as in this competition there isn’t any extra-time.


Aaron Hunwicks for Sports and Bengal’s Mahdi Khan both had their spot-kicks saved and then Jimmy Cox edged Sports ahead before Bengal’s Codey Cameron levelled. Hullbridge substitute Jamie Buffin made it 2-1 and then Bengal skipper Tandon missed. Michael Edgar successfully converted his spot-kick to make it 3-1 to Sports before Bengal forward Rahman made it 3-2 before Hullbridge young substitute Damien Siemienczuk scored the winning penalty to see Hullbridge advance to the next round of the competition where they will face local rivals Great Wakering Rovers at Burroughs Park.


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