Walton to ask for help to halt slump

Ilford boss set to appoint new coach, as Foxes seek change in fortune.

DEFIANT Ilford manager Colin Walton remains positive about his side’s chances of survival, despite two defeats this week that extended their dismal run.

With Leyton’s withdrawal from the league almost finalised, Saturday’s visit of Waltham Forest was virtually a clash of the bottom two, but it was nine-man Forest who earned a 1-0 win.

On Tuesday night, Walton’s men travelled to Cheshunt, but failed to take their chances with the score at 1-1 and eventually succumbed 5-2, their 15th defeat from their last 16 games.

However, the Ilford boss has no intention of walking away from Cricklefield and plans to enhance his coaching staff to ensure The Foxes beat the drop.


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“My situation won’t change, but we’re a little bit short in the backroom, so we’re looking to bring in one or two to help out with the coaching,” said Walton.

“I think we can turn it around. I’m not going to say we’ll give someone a hammering, but I think sooner or later we’ll have a game where the chances go in.

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“On Saturday and again on Tuesday we didn’t take our chances, we had plenty of chances we just didn’t take them.

“It’s hard to say anything negative about Saturday and the same again last night, we just need a bit of luck to go our way.”

After failing to pick up points against two fellow strugglers, Ilford go in search of a much-needed win away to sixth place Potters Bar Town on Saturday.

They then welcome eighth-placed Thamesmead Town to Cricklefield on Monday night.

But with the threat of relegation becoming more realistic with each passing week, Walton is no doubt of what is required from the forthcoming fixtures.

“The target every game has got to be three points,” he said.

“We were looking for three points on Saturday and again on Tuesday and we will be looking for three points against Potters Bar and again on Monday against Thamesmead.

“They are much higher in the table, so it’s not going to be easy.”

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