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Joint-boss Cove wants Ilford to bounce back in the league after crashing out of the cup

PUBLISHED: 15:00 01 December 2017

Ilford captain Paul Oshin making a run against Clapton at the Old Spotted Dog (Pic: Tim Edwards)

Ilford captain Paul Oshin making a run against Clapton at the Old Spotted Dog (Pic: Tim Edwards)

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Ilford joint-manager Billy Cove wants to bounce back against Essex Senior League strugglers Burnham Ramblers this weekend after crashing out of the Errington Challenge Cup in the quarter-finals.

Clapton against Ilford at the Old Spotted Dog (Pic: Tim Edwards)Clapton against Ilford at the Old Spotted Dog (Pic: Tim Edwards)

The Foxes host the Ramblers at Cricklefield Stadium on Saturday (3pm) and will be hoping to put their cup misery behind them.

They currently sit eighth in the table and are looking to start clawing points back on the top six.

“We’ll be looking to bounce straight back,” said Cove, who saw his team lose 3-2 at Burnham 3-2 earlier this season and believes it will be a different challenge this time round.

“It was a long time ago and we’re a completely different side.

“There were also some shocking decisions from the officials that night, for both teams.”

Former striker Cove believes they cannot take the 20th-placed outfit lightly as they will get punished if they do.

“They were a very young squad from what I remember and they all listened to the instructions they were receiving from the sidelines, so we will not be taking them lightly,” he said.

“They will also be full of confidence, as they had a great result away to Stansted at the weekend.

“I would normally say their weakness is the age of their players, but it’s been proved this season that age means nothing in this league, you only have to look what they’re doing over at Tower Hamlets to see that. If you’re good enough, you’re old enough.”

The Foxes go into the clash without Glody Nsamu due to suspension and Cove expects to make changes to the line-up.

“Glody Nsamu is suspended and a couple of players took a few knocks (on Tuesday). However based on that performance, I was intending on making wholesale changes anyway.”

Ilford go into the match on the back of their 3-1 cup defeat to Sawbridgeworth Town and the joint-boss admits it was disappointing to miss out on the semi-finals, adding: “I’m very disappointed, all three of their goals came from defensive errors.

“We changed the system and a few personnel at half-time and pulled a goal back, but coming back from three goals behind is a massive ask at any level.

“Fair play to Sawbridgeworth though, they gambled playing a few youngsters, and it paid off.”

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