December 9 2013 Latest news:
Robin Cottle, Reporter
Friday, November 1, 2013
Ilford assistant manager Kevin Head was not surprised to see his team thrash local rivals Barking on Saturday – and thinks high-flying Enfield 1893 could be in for a shock tomorrow.
A topsy-turvy season has seen the Foxes languishing in mid-table, but goals from Eden Nelson, Luke McDonald and a Michael Ogboin penalty secured a 3-0 win at Barking, who are fifth in the Essex Senior League.
That makes it two wins and two clean sheets in consecutive games for Ilford and Head is backing them to make it a hat-trick when they welcome second-placed Enfield to Cricklefield Stadium tomorrow.
He said: “We’re looking forward to every game now. Enfield are a big club with a big budget but they could be in for a shock if we play the same way we did against Barking.
“We’re ninth in the table because we’ve made too many mistakes, but we’ve dominated a lot of games. We’ve finally got a consistent back four and Barking didn’t have a shot on target until the last minute.”
The win was especially sweet for Foxes boss Martin Haywood, who was involved with the Blues’ youth team before taking over at Ilford.
Over the moon
Head said: “I know it meant a lot to him with what’s gone on recently with the passing of his father. He was over the moon.
“We were both delighted with the pressing and closing down, we worked really well as a team.
“It was really difficult to pick the man of the match but we went for big Michael Ogboin in the end.”
With only one promotion spot available in the Essex Senior League, the Ilford assistant is looking for some stability and consistency. He is delighted with the progress of their young squad, which he thinks has an average age of 18 or 19.
Head added: “If we got promoted we’d have to work on a Ryman North budget and bring in Ryman North players.
“At the moment that would be quite difficult for us.
“We’re looking to build slowly and steadily for the future, this is going to be a two or three year project.”