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Injury crisis scuppers Ilford’s hopes

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Thursday, December 19, 2013
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Ilford couldn’t overcome an injury crisis which ruled eight first-team players out of the trip to Basildon United last weekend.

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The Foxes only named one substitute for the trip to Essex, which came at the wrong time for the Cricklefield outfit.

They were heavily beaten 7-1 by a side who are on a run of only one defeat in seven Essex Senior League matches.

But boss Martin Haywood says his side have to take the heavy defeat ‘on the chin’ and move on to the next match against Tower Hamlets this weekend.

He said: “All the players gave their all, I’ve got no complaints about that.

“But we had an 18-year-old in goal making his debut in Michael Greene and three of our regular back four were out.

“It made organisation and communication very difficult and fair play to Basildon, they targeted our weak spots and were ruthlessly efficient. They’re a decent team.

“Sometimes you get games like that in football. You’ve got to take it on the chin, forget about it, and move on.”

Ilford found themselves three goals down early on, but pulled one back before the break.

The one bright spot for the boss was a debut goal for Reece Barrett, who only signed for the club the day before the game.

“I know Reece from other clubs,” said Haywood. “I’m sure he’s going to score a lot of goals for us.”

Four second-half goals completed the rout for Basildon, and Ilford now sit in 10th spot in the Essex Senior League table.

Attentions now turn to high-flying Tower Hamlets who visit Cricklefield on Saturday.

The Foxes narrowly lost to them back in September, falling to a 3-2 defeat on the road.

Haywood said: “We came up against them earlier in the season and should have taken something from the game.

“It will be interesting to see what they’re like now. They’re having a good season and teams change a lot at this level.

“I know we have this season. Most of our players will be back so we’ll be a lot stronger than we were last weekend.”

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