Ilford’s Tavarasa have nothing to lose against Southend

PUBLISHED: 18:00 31 August 2017

Theeban Tavarasa in bowling action for Ilford (pic TGS Photo)

Theeban Tavarasa in bowling action for Ilford (pic TGS Photo)

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Ilford’s Theeban Tavarasa says his side have nothing to lose in their clash against Essex League Premier Division strugglers Southend this weekend.

Tavarasa and his side host the eighth-placed outfit in a relegation clash on Saturday at Valentines Park and are hoping to claw their way to safety.

“We have got nothing left to lose, we just need to dig in and perform well,” he said.

“It’s one of those games we can’t afford to lose at this stage in the season.”

The skipper believes they can’t even think about the opposition they just have to show up and play their own game.

“We just want to concentrate on our own game and make sure we get the win,” Tavarasa said.

“All of the games we have won have been at home, other than beating Southend away.

“Our last two games are home so we have to be confident, but they will not be a walk in the park by any stretch.”

Ilford will be boosted by the return of Saf Imtiaz and Tavarasa believes that is a huge bonus for the club.

“Saf is back this week so that will strengthen our backing line-up,” he admitted.

“Other than that we’re hopeful of having the same team other than the one change to bring Saf back in.”

Tavarasa is excited about the upcoming clash and knows they have what it takes to win the match.

“We want to play in these sort of games as these are the ones where you make a name for yourself.

“We just need to bowl well and bat well and then I’m positive of getting the win.”

The captain also isn’t panicking about being pulled into a relegation battle in their final two fixtures.

“We’re 25 points away from relegation so one good game and we should be alright.”

Ilford drew their last match against Hornchurch and Tavarasa admits they can take some positives from it.

“I wouldn’t say we were pleased, but last week we won and this week we got a draw against a strong Hornchurch side, so we have improved and got out of our bad run.

“I would have taken that from those two games beforehand.”

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