December 10 2013 Latest news:
Friday, October 18, 2013
Ilford needed a late winner from Eden Nelson at the weekend to secure a 1-0 win over previously high-flying London ASPA and assistant manager Kevin Head admitted the Essex Senior League win was for their gaffer.
Foxes manager Martin Haywood suffered a family bereavement this week and over the past month has, understandably, been less involved as he was focused with this personal issue.
“Martin couldn’t be there during the game and he left just before kick off but we said to the boys do it for the gaffer,” said Head.
“We really did dominate, which I was a little surprised at because they had come off the back of a 10-match unbeaten run.
“It was a very strong performance but we just couldn’t take our chances.”
Ilford did eventually take one chance but it could have worked out differently after the visitors hit the bar just before the Foxes broke away for the late winner.
The assistant manager added: “They didn’t have any opportunities until the last minute when they hit the crossbar and then we broke.
“We took a small throw, one player flicked it on and Eden swivelled and volleyed it in, it was a cracking goal!
“You could see the relief on their faces once the goal went in.”
Next up is an FA Vase first round proper tie against Spartan South Midlands Premier Division Tring Athletic on Saturday at Cricklefield and it is a competition Ilford are taking “very seriously”, with £900 prizemoney at stake.
Head added: “I don’t expect we will make many changes, we’ll stick with the 4-3-3 formation.
“I don’t know much about them, I tried their website the other day, but there were no videos or anything.”
Tring have knocked out Ilford’s league rivals Eton Manor and Greenhouse London in the previous two rounds of the competition and Head will see if he can get any extra information from those clubs.
“I haven’t spoken to those clubs yet but once I do, I will have a word or two with our coach Tony Baptiste when we get together. I am sure we’ll talk to Martin this week on the phone as well to discuss things,” he added.
“We’ll get the boys focused on the game, and they’ll go out and try to get a win for the gaffer once again.”