Ilford joint-boss Cove admits his side will not take Enfield for granted after Bengal loss

PUBLISHED: 15:00 23 March 2018

Ilford and Sporting Bengal United in action at Cricklefield Stadium (Pic: Tim Edwards)

Ilford and Sporting Bengal United in action at Cricklefield Stadium (Pic: Tim Edwards)


Ilford joint-boss Billy Cove says they will not be taking Enfield for granted when the two sides meet this weekend.

Ilford's Bill Rungay dives in for a tackle against Sporting Bengal United (Pic: Tim Edwards)Ilford's Bill Rungay dives in for a tackle against Sporting Bengal United (Pic: Tim Edwards)

The Foxes welcome Matt Hanning and his team to Cricklefield Stadium on Saturday (3pm) as they look to bounce back after losing 2-1 to Sporting Bengal United last weekend.

Cove and Allan Fenn’s men currently sit eighth in the table and will be looking for a solid end to the Essex Senior League campaign.

“We’ve played against each other twice this season already, and we won both, but we won’t be taking that for granted,” said Cove.

“Enfield is a huge club and Matty organises them very well, so I am sure it will be another tough game for us.

“Saturday’s loss to Sporting Bengal proves that you can not take anyone for granted in this division.

“On paper, we would’ve been expected to win that game, but if you don’t turn up with the right attitude, and you don’t get the basics right against any opposition, you will come off second best.”

Cove praised opposite number Hanning and the way he sets up his side,a dding: “Enfield is a big club, and they always attract decent players.

“I like the way Matty sets them up, and like all the good Enfield teams of the past, they like to play football.”

The Foxes are expected to make wholesale changes to the side that lost to Sporting Bengal United for this weekend’s clash.

Cove revealed they will be experimenting with the side from now until the end of the season and finding out what works best.

“We will be making changes, we will be using the remaining games of the season to look at different players and formations, so there will be quite a few changes to Saturday’s line-up.”

Goalkeeper Chris Clark will not be included after departing the club to join Bostik North outfit Barking last week.

“It’s disappointing that he wanted to leave, yes,” said Cove.

“Chris is probably one of the best keepers in this division on his day, but he’s gone up a division, so we can only wish him well.”

The club moved to replace Clark with Joseph Zubaidy, who has spent time at Fulham and Thurrock in the past and made his debut last weekend.

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