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Ilford lacking Christmas spirit

Ilford boss Martin Haywood. Pic by Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO Ilford boss Martin Haywood. Pic by Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO

Thursday, January 9, 2014
4:30 PM

It has been a frustrating Christmas period for Ilford to say the least,

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The Essex Senior League side have not played since the 7-1 thrashing at Basildon on December 14 and boss Martin Haywood is raring to go again against Bowers on Saturday.

“Without a doubt, I’m looking forward to getting back to action,” he said.

“The postponements have mucked up our schedule and I need to see what condition the players are in.

“There’s nothing we can do about it at this time of year and you expect it to 
happen. We need to make sure our attitude and frame of mind are right.”

The Foxes are 10th in the league table, four places above Bowers ahead of their visit to Cricklefield Stadium on Saturday.

But with a lot of clubs 
being inactive during the festive break due to the weather, Haywood isn’t sure what kind of game to expect.

He said: “It’s hard to say what kind of game it will be.

“We’ve got a couple of new players in, Lewis Rix and Wesley Quinn, who haven’t played for us before, so 
maybe I’ll be able to get them involved.

“But maybe Bowers will have done the same so it’s hard to know what kind of side we’ll come up against.”

Haywood is aware the players might be a little bit rusty after such a long break but Ilford have been able to fit in some training sessions on an all-weather surface to keep things ticking over.

The Bowers game will be approached in the same way as all the others this season, according to Haywood.

“Hopefully the players can blow off the cobwebs,” he added. “We’ll approach the game in an attacking frame of mind and we’ll be going for three points.

“I need to look at the 
injury situation but we’ve got a pretty full squad to choose from.

“There might have been some excess from some of the players over Christmas and New Year, but we’ll try and get rid of that very quickly.”

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