No cup magic for Sporting Bengal
PUBLISHED: 18:44 18 August 2013 | UPDATED: 18:44 18 August 2013
FA Cup, extra preliminary round: FC Clacton 3 Sporting Bengal 1
Two late goals sent Sporting Bengal crashing out of the FA Cup at the Rush Green Bowl.
The tie was deadlocked at 1-1 and looked to be heading for a midweek replay back in London, when Clacton player-manager Ray Turner headed his side back in front in the 83rd minute.
And the Seasiders made sure of their place in the next round, and £1,500 prize money, when Jake Clowsley added a stunning third four minutes later.
It was harsh on a Sporting Bengal side who had enjoyed the better chances during the second half.
But Carlos Castano volleyed over from close range and was denied by a good save from Joe Fowler after being played in by Bobby Redwood.
The visitors arrived on the back of convincing Essex Senior League wins over Southend Manor (3-0) and Sawbridgeworth (4-0).
And they settled quickly on a bobbly pitch, looking to pass the ball through midfield.
Redwood closed down Fowler on 11 minutes, but Sarfraz Pivanno fired wide of the vacant goal.
Pivanno fired a shot on the turn over from long range, before Clacton’s Stewart McFarlane saw a low drive saved by Mihal Neofit midway through the half.
And the home side broke the deadlock on 25 minutes when Clowsley found space on the left and picked out Turner in the box and he squared for Aaron Condon to tap in from close range.
A mistake by Liton Zaman allowed Condon to run through on goal moments later, but he sent a bobbling shot wide of the far post.
And Clowsley had a shot saved by Neofit before Pivanno found Redwood, who dragged a shot wide.
Sporting drew level four minutes before the break when Castano was fouled 25 yards out and Shahed Ahmed sent a free kick over the wall and inside the far post.
But Nana Adjei was booked for a lunging tackle on Clowsley before Ahmed played Castano in, only for his shot to fly just wide before half time.
Sporting made a confident start to the second half, with Ahmed, Tim Pwinger and Pivanno combining well in a flowing move before Redwood was flagged offside.
Redwood beat Billy Wales soon after to force a save from Fowler, with the ball looping up towards the far post where a stretching Castano volleyed over.
And Sporting went close again when Castano threaded a pass through for Pivanno, only for the onrushing Fowler to get there first and clear.
Louie Newland forced a diving save from Neofit at the other end, but Clacton were struggling to come to terms with a strong wind at their backs.
Another good run by Redwood created a chance for Castano on 65 minutes, but Fowler produced a good save to keep the scores level.
Liton Zaman’s challenge denied Turner a shooting chance, before Condon fired over for the hosts.
And when Turner teed up Condon, his well-struck drive was pushed wide by Neofit with nine minutes remaining.
Clacton sensed a chance, though, and regained the lead moments later when a corner from the left was kept in by the right touchline and returned into the box for Turner to nod inside the near post.
Sporting boss Mamun Chowdhury MBE made a double substitution at that point to try and keep his side in the competition but Clacton netted their third when the ball dropped kindly for Clowsley to send a dipping left-footed shot over Neofit and into the net.
Sporting Bengal: Neofit, M Williams, Zaman, Hutchings, Adjei, Pwinger, Ahmed, Pivanno (Bari 85), Redwood (Forbes 85), Castano, Ahmed.
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