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)

©TGS Photo +44 1376 553468

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.”


Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Ilford Recorder visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Ilford Recorder staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Ilford Recorder account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest Ilford Stories


Essex batsman Varun Chopra was delighted to do his bit for the team in their Royal London One-Day Cup win over Somerset at Chelmsford on Friday night.

Wondering what the weather has in store for us this bank holiday weekend? Watch our three-minute Met Office video forecast.

Last week I told you that I was leaving one radio station. Like a bad smell but in audio form, I’m hard to get rid of.

It is perhaps unthinkable to suggest that we could become inured to the horror of the loss of so many young lives on our streets recently; however, the memory of these incidents, the pain and distress they have caused will become less acute with the passage of time.

Yesterday, 21:31

A monumental innings of 160, the highest List A score of his career, by Varun Chopra helped Essex Eagles revive their Royal London Cup campaign against Somerset at Chelmsford.

Yesterday, 16:34

Redbridge Council has applied for a High Court interim injunction to ban travellers from settling in the borough.

Yesterday, 16:31

Green-fingered community members have the opportunity to grow edible plants with medicinal properties at a Hainault garden in aid of refugees.

Yesterday, 16:00

After a tough start to 2018, the recently relegated side will aim to enjoy success in two different formats over the Bank Holiday weekend


An Ilford shoe retailer and podiatry practice is taking the next step with a move to a new shop just a few doors down.

Redbridge estate agents Sandra Davidson answer the common questions homeowners have when it comes to selling their home, and reveals how you can make sure the sale is stress-free

Redbridge Estate agents Sandra Davidson’s hassle-free service guarantees rental income for your property, whether it is occupied or not. Here they share details of the Guaranteed Rent Scheme and how it can help you avoid the regular stresses associated with managing a let.

Newsletter Sign Up

Ilford Recorder twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read sport

Show Job Lists


Having a brand new kitchen is something that lots of people want but can only dream of. Sadly keeping up to date and making our living spaces as nice as they can be is a costly and incredibly stressful business. Even a fresh coat of paint makes all the difference but isn’t easy or quick.

Who wouldn’t love the chance to go on a shopping spree. Imagine being able to walk into a shop and choose whatever your heart desires without having to worry about how much it costs.

Digital Edition


Enjoy the
Ilford Recorder
e-edition today


Education and Training


Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now