A LAST gasp strike from Vinnie Murphy ensured Takeley saw off a plucky Sporting Bengal side to keep the club on the promotion trail.

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Steve Castle’s men made hard work of it against Bengal despite appearing to be in cruise control after taking an early two-goal lead.

But it took a 30-yard wonder strike from Murphy in injury time to seal the three points.

Striker Graeme Turner opened the scoring in the 11th minute by slotting the ball past the visitors’ keeper Amando Hull, before his strike partner Greig Taylor made it two just four minutes later.

The club’s top scorer had no trouble dispatching a penalty to keep up his 100 per cent record from the spot this season.

For 25 minutes Takeley pummelled the visitors’ goalmouth as they threatened to rack up an imposing scoreline. But a lapse of concentration in defence saw Bengal halve the arrears when captain Shahad Ahmed evaded tacklers and fired the ball past Ronnie Yates in the Takeley goal.

That opened the game up and the end-to-end action came to a head when Sporting’s Michael Beggs levelled matters on the stroke of half time.

With the teams still evenly matched in the opening 15 minutes of the second period, it took a wonder strike from midfielder Reece Dobson to restore Takeley’s advantage.

The lead lasted just six minutes before the home side were pegged back once more – Bengal’s Carlos Castano heading home from an in-swinging corner.

That was how it stayed until Yates twice came to the rescue in the dying stages to prevent Sporting from escaping with all three points. It looked like it would finish honours even before Murphy unleashed a 30-yard screamer to send the Station Road faithful into raptures and ensure Takeley took home all of the spoils.

Next up, Takeley travel to London Bari on Saturday, kick-off 3pm.

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