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New Ilford signing Hilton continues to impress

Ilford manager Martin Haywood. Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO Ilford manager Martin Haywood. Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO

Thursday, December 12, 2013
5:30 PM

Ilford boss Martin Haywood was chuffed with the performance of Alfie Hilton as he picked up his second man of the match award since joining the club last month.

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The Foxes thrashed London Greenhouse 4-0 at Cricklefield, bouncing back from a heavy defeat to Southend Manor in midweek.

Hilton scored twice in the Essex Senior League clash, leaving 
Haywood’s side 10th in the table.

Haywood said: “It was another great performance from Alfie.

“I’ve known him a long time and the players were excited when I told them he was coming.

“He’s got a great attitude and appetite, he’s exactly the sort of player you want around the squad.”

Hilton joined from Bowers & 
Pitsea last month and scored on his debut against London Bari.

The midfielder’s double was added to by a Michael Ogboin penalty – which saw Greenhouse reduced to 10-men – with Luke MacDonald completing the rout late on.

But despite the comprehensive nature of the victory, Haywood praised their opponents, who are second from bottom, for being one of the only teams in the league who try and play football the ‘right’ way.

“Fair play to them for trying to play good football,” he said.

“Even when they had a player sent off, they still stuck to their principles.

“I think it helped my players too. I’m trying to get them to pass the ball around on the floor and you could see that in the performance.”

They head for a tough clash at Basildon United this weekend, who beat 
Ilford 5-3 at Cricklefield back in 
August.

MacDonald is a doubt for the match after picking up an injury against Greenhouse, but Haywood is keeping his fingers crossed the striker will be available.

Haywood said: “Luke’s only just come back from an injury so we’ll assess him in training.

“Basildon are a difficult, physical team who will be a tough test.

“They’ve got an alliance with Canvey Island and sometimes take their reserve players, but we’ll go there looking for the three points.”

Against Southend, Eden Nelson gave Ilford the lead before they capitulated, eventually losing 4-1.

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