Ilford boss Fenn positive ahead of Great Wakering Rovers clash

PUBLISHED: 10:30 20 January 2018

Ilford joint-managers Billy Cove and Allan Fenn (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

Ilford joint-managers Billy Cove and Allan Fenn (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

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Ilford manager Allan Fenn is extremely positive ahead of their clash with high-flying Great Wakering Rovers this weekend.

The Foxes will welcome the fifth-placed outfit to Cricklefield Stadium on Saturday (3pm) as they look to get themselves on a run and have a more consistent second-half to their campaign.

Fenn’s men currently sit ninth in the Essex Senior League table and will be hoping to start climbing up the standings.

“It’s going to be a tough match, there is no doubt about that,” said Fenn.

“We lost 2-0 there earlier this season and we didn’t play too well, so we’ll be looking to improve on that.

“It’s going to be a big challenge, but I have a weird feeling we might bring a surprise or two to the party on Saturday.”

Fenn, who shares duties with Billy Cove, heaped praise on Rovers who were relegated from the Bostik North last season.

“I think they’re one of the best sides in the division along with Redbridge and FC Romania,” he added.

“Ian O’Connell and David Patient are both good people and have done a brilliant job.

“It’s never easy for a club to come down and bounce straight back up, but they’re doing all the right things.

“It’s a club with a lovely set-up and I have an immense respect for them.”

Fenn also spoke highly of striker Neil Richmond, who has netted 20 goals this term, with 15 in the league.

“They’re very strong and organised, they’ve got Neil who I’ve played against many times and he’s still banging in goals for fun,” he said.

“It’s going to be a challenge, but if we get on the front foot early we can cause them problems.”

The Foxes are hoping to start stringing a run of wins together and Fenn revealed the feel around the club should be a massive help.

“We had a bit of a sort out after the FC Romania defeat the other week and got rid of some ‘deadwood’ at the club.

“The place has been reinvigorated and has a real positive feel to it now.

“We’ve got four of our next five games at home and we want to start winning those and trying to push on.”

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