Ilford vs Barkingside: Foxes boss Fenn set to rotate squad
PUBLISHED: 18:00 13 September 2017
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Ilford manager Allan Fenn wants to use their Essex Senior Cup match against rivals Barkingside to rotate his squad this evening.
The Foxes host their neighbours Barkingside in the first round of the cup competition and will be hoping to progress into the next round at Cricklefield Stadium (7.45pm kick-off).
“It gives me an opportunity to rotate the squad,” Fenn said.
“The games are coming thick and fast now and we’ve got an important six days coming up so we need to use everyone.
“We have got boys chomping at the bit to have a run out and some who feel they should be in the starting line-up.
“They’ll all want to prove they deserve a shirt.”
The boss also revealed he want the players coming in to give him a selection problem and admits they can’t think about it being a derby match too much.
“It’s a derby match yes, but at the end of the day it’s just another match for us and one where we can work on our strengths and weaknesses as well.
“I also want the boys coming into the line-up to give me a real problem come Saturday.”
Fenn praised Barkingside manager Michael Walther and his team building abilities ahead of tonight’s encounter.
“It’s a whole new side they’ve got this season,” he said.
“There manager Michael has got a lot of Clapton connections and a good blackbook of players, so we’re expecting a good game and a strong side.
“Michael always builds puts a good team together and i’m sure this side is no different.”
The manager also admitted his side just need to keep worrying about themselves not the opposition.
“We need to worry about ourselves and that way we’ll do well.
“That’s not me being arrogant either, I just have complete confidence in my team.”
One player that will certainly be missing out on the match is Karolis Atutis who has returned to his native country Lithuania for ten days.
Barkingside assistant manager Leon Lewis added: “We’re expecting a tough game as rival matches are always heated, but we’ll try not to get caught in that.
“I’ll be telling the lads to play the game not the occasion.
“We know a bit about them but we’ll be focusing on ourselves.”