Ilford’s Tavarasa admits it will be a ‘tough test’ against Chingford

PUBLISHED: 13:00 28 July 2017

Ilford stand-in captain Theeban Tavarasa (pic: TGS Photo)

Ilford stand-in captain Theeban Tavarasa (pic: TGS Photo)

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Ilford stand-in captain Theeban Tavarasa admits it will be a tough test against Essex Premier Division outfit Chingford this weekend.

Tavarasa and his side will play host to Chingford on Saturday and he admitted ‘the boys are confident’ going into the match.

“They’re on a roll in the last few games, they beat Wanstead, but also lost to Upminster last time round,” he said.

“We don’t know what Chingford side will show up, but we know they’re a good team.”

He praised the opposition’s Alfie Taylor and Liam Lannen and admits they’re two players they need to watch out for on the day.

“They’re a top team. They have got Alfie Taylor who scored 190 for them a couple weeks back,” Tavarasa explained.

“Liam Lannen is a top left-arm spinner and they’re a very strong unit overall.”

Ilford will be without Essex star Ashar Zaidi for the match, but will welcome back skipper Shahzad Hafeez to the line-up, after missing a big chunk of the season.

“Shaz will be back this weekend,” he admitted.

“Zaidi is not available due to Essex commitments.

“He is a big loss, but it’s also an opportunity for someone else to step in.

“We all know because of his Essex duties we lose him for seven to eight games a season, we know that.”

Tavarasa believes his team-mates are feeling ‘confident’ ahead of the clash and has also said the next two matches are vital to their season.

“Knowing our boys, we are pretty confident and just need to go out and do our thing.

“The next few matches against Chingford and Colchester are must-win games.

“We just need to try winning these ones to get us back on track.”

The stand-in skipper also believes a top-six finish is still the side’s aim and they also need to make sure they’re out of trouble soon.

“We have seven games left, if we can win three or four we should finish in the top six,” he said.

“We don’t want to be in the bottom six for the last few games.”

The match starts at 12.30pm.

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