Walton delighted as Coulson turns down a move to Tilbury

Ilford boss Colin Walton expressed his delight at John Coulson’s decision to snub Tilbury and stay at Cricklefield.

ILFORD boss Colin Walton was delighted striker Josh Coulson decided to stay at Cricklefield after turning down a move to league rivals Tilbury.

The Dockers’ boss Paul Vaughan put a seven-day approach in for Coulson, only for the in-form forward to turn down the opportunity.

“It was great news to hear Josh wanted to stay with us, especially after his impressive performances in the last couple of games,” said Walton.

“I would have no trouble if a higher league club came in for him, but if he had moved to Tilbury it was only going to be a sideways move.”

The former Clapton boss has also added to his squad with the capture of Zubair Haleem from Grays and feels the midfielder will add greatly to the team’s attacking options.

“Zubair is a very skilful player and will help us set up a lot more, creating more chances for our forwards,” said the Foxes boss.

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“He didn’t get a chance at Grays and hopefully he’ll prove to be a worthwhile addition to our squad.”

Walton gave some of his fringe players a run out in a hastily arranged friendly with Barkingside last weekend, winning the game 4-0 courtesy of last week’s new addition Sham Darr from Waltham Forest. The striker hit a hat-trick and the Ilford manager hopes he continues in similar fashion.

“Sham needed some game time, and after a disappointing first half performance we came strong and I was delighted with his contribution,” said Walton.

“He has started in fine form and it’ll be great if he can take confidence from that into the next couple of games.”

After last night’s (Wednesday) league game against Waltham Abbey, the Foxes host Ryman One South side Whitstable Town in the FA Trophy on Saturday, keen for a passage into the First Qualifying Round. the Cricklefield outfit would help themselves to �2,000 prizemoney, if they overcome The Oystermen.

Walton sees the tie as a game too close to call but after their recent performances, he is full of confidence.

“They have had a similar start to us in the league, and have also just started to hit a bit of form at the right time,” said the Foxes boss.

“We will have to play like we have had in the league in recent weeks if we are to stand a chance of progressing.”

Ilford go into the game injury free, for the first time this season with a full squad to pick from, giving Walton a headache in selecting his best starting line-up.