Ilford boss Cove disappointed with his side’s lack of games

PUBLISHED: 17:00 13 December 2017

Ilford's newly-appointed joint-manager Billy Cove (front) with manager Allan Fenn (Pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

Ilford's newly-appointed joint-manager Billy Cove (front) with manager Allan Fenn (Pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

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Ilford joint-boss Billy Cove was left disappointed with his side’s lack of action after the Foxes had a league fixture against Stansted cancelled ahead of a blank weekend.

The Foxes currently sit ninth in the Essex Senior League table at the midway point and Cove would prefer to be playing after sealing a place in the Gordon Brasted Memorial Trophy semi-finals with a 2-0 victory at Waltham Forest last week.

“We were disappointed with Saturday’s game being off, as we’d just come off the back of a really good win against Waltham Forest, so were full of confidence,” he said

“The West Essex game was only cancelled due to the quarter-final taking priority last Wednesday.”

Cove would prefer to be playing rather than have so much time off before a big derby against Redbridge on Saturday week (December 23).

“You can’t beat game time,” he said. “We will need to be at the very top of our game to get anything from Redbridge, as they are running away with it at the moment.”

Cove was delighted to see his side keep their hopes of silverware alive as they progressed to a Brasted Memorial Trophy semi-final against FC Romania or Sawbridgeworth Town.

“We don’t have a preference out of the two sides, we’ll just prepare ourselves like we always do, and hopefully get to the final,” he said.

Cove and co-boss Allan Fenn see their side sitting adrift of the pack chasing the title and he revealed they’re not pleased with their current position and are seeking a strong second half of the season.

“We’re not pleased, as we’d obviously like to be challenging for the title,” he added. “But considering we only had a handful of players, and no league to play in, in June, we would’ve taken top half of the league and a semi-final, halfway through the season.

“We obviously want to finish as high as possible in the league, we are too far off to mount a title challenge, but the top five has to be our aim now. If we can win a cup along the way that would be amazing.”

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