Essex Senior League: Ilford manager Allan Fenn eyeing bumper Cricklefield crowd for Sawbridgeworth’s visit
PUBLISHED: 11:00 21 April 2017
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The Foxes are looking to make it back-to-back wins against the Robins after Tuesday night’s semi-final success
Ilford boss Allan Fenn is hoping to have a three-figure crowd watch their penultimate Essex Senior League match of the campaign this weekend against Sawbridgeworth Town.
The Foxes play host to the Robins in what is their final game at Cricklefield Stadium this season and there is plenty at stake.
If Ilford can win their last two games against Sawbridgeworth and Takeley, they will end the campaign in fourth – one spot higher than they finished last year.
And Fenn is hoping a reduction in ticket prices will result in their highest attendance of the season – beating their previous best of 108, which occurred when Clapton visited on November 2.
“It is our final home game of the campaign and we are hoping to attract a three-figure crowd,” said the Ilford boss.
“We are having a family day and it is only £3 to get in for adults and free admission for kids and concessions, so we are looking to get a few more through the gate.
“Our biggest attendance over the last four years is 108, so we are hoping to beat that on Saturday.
“We have a lot of family and friends coming to watch us play Sawbridgeworth again and we know if we win our final two games then we’ll finish fourth.
“Fourth and a cup final spot is an improvement on last season and as a manager that is all you want to do every year, so that’s our aim.”
Ilford and Sawbridgeworth will need no introductions on Saturday after doing battle on Tuesday night in the semi-finals of the League Challenge Cup.
Sipho Mtyanda netted in each half to give the Foxes a deserved 2-0 win at Crofters End and earn them a first cup final spot since 2004.
Although Fenn is delighted to extend their season until Monday May 1 – the day of the final – he is well aware they need to produce another performance this weekend.
He added: “The boys are flying at the moment and they are buzzing and excited, but they will be brought back down to earth on Saturday because Sawbridgeworth will be gunning for revenge.
“They can still catch us in the league, so it will be a tough game, but we’ll be ready for it. We have a few options available to change things around, so we will go into the match in good shape.”