Allan Fenn excited to watch Ilford play again, but feels sorry for Burnham Ramblers ahead of Essex Senior League encounter
PUBLISHED: 16:23 01 September 2016
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Essex club have lost all seven fixtures in the division this season and were beaten 9-0 by Fenn’s men in the FA Cup last month
The past two weeks have dragged for Ilford, but they can’t wait to get back into Essex Senior League action on Saturday when they visit Leslie Field to face Burnham Ramblers.
Allan Fenn’s team last played on August 20, losing 2-0 in the FA Cup preliminary round to Felixstowe & Walton United at Cricklefield.
Foxes were meant to face Tower Hamlets two days later, before Haringey & Waltham on August 27.
But both fixtures were postponed, for different reasons, and it means Ilford are looking forward to visiting Burnham.
The previous meeting between the two in the FA Cup on August 6 was a good day for the Foxes too as they won 9-0 so you can understand their excitement for Saturday.
Fenn said: “We fully expect Burnham to come out roaring like lions this time. My team would if we had lost 9-0 previously.
“But whoever we played on Saturday, we were going to be looking forward to it after two weeks without a match due to a farcical situation.
“I do have sympathy for the Burnham management team because things are tough at the moment and hope things do get better for them, but only after this weekend.”
While Ilford have only played twice in the Essex Senior League, the Leslie Field outfit have already got through seven games.
Burnham have lost all of those fixtures, however, and sit bottom of the table with a goal difference of minus 23.
Fenn feared the worst for the Essex club when it was revealed at the end of the 2015/16 campaign that Keith Wilson had left his manager’s role along with assistant Dave Patient.
“Last year when we played Burnham on the final day of the season, I spoke with Keith and Dave after the game,” added Ilford’s manager.
“I knew then they were struggling off the pitch and when Keith left I was very worried for them.
“They have a lot of youngsters and I know they don’t live in Burnham so that doesn’t help.
“It is a difficult place to get to and they train in Basildon so I don’t know what the future holds for the football club.”
But Fenn and Ilford will not worry about that on Saturday and instead enjoy playing football once again as they look to get up the table.
Even though they played Ramblers at the start of the campaign, the Foxes scouted the Essex club on Tuesday night when they lost 4-0 at Redbridge.
Fenn added: “My assistant Dave Morgan went to watch them. We have seen enough of all the teams now.
“We know what we are up against and there are a few newly run clubs like Waltham Forest. They’re doing well.
“But Burnham are having a tough time of it at the moment and on Tuesday it was goalless when they won a penalty.
“Unfortunately for them they blazed it over the crossbar and I do tend to feel sorry for the management team.”
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