Allan Fenn has done his homework before Ilford’s FA Vase trip to Harpenden Town

PUBLISHED: 17:00 08 September 2016

Ilford manager Allan Fenn (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Ilford manager Allan Fenn (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Cricklefield club are trying to build momentum after two week wait for a competitive game

Ilford manager Allan Fenn has been doing his homework ahead of his team’s FA Vase first qualifying round tie away at Harpenden Town this weekend.

The priority for Fenn is the Essex Senior League, but his side have been frustrated by three recent postponements due to circumstances out of their control.

After two weeks without a match, the Foxes returned to action on Saturday and won 3-1 at Burnham Ramblers following goals by Ryan Ramsay, Elias Armah-Tackie and Luke Thomas at Leslie Field.

Harpenden host the Foxes this weekend having only played four times themselves in the Spartan South Midlands League Division One, which leaves them 19th in the table on three points.

Fenn said: “We’ve had them watched three times, each by a different person so we have plenty of reports.

“We know exactly what to expect and they are in a false position in their league because they’ve not played many games.

“It is similar to us in that respect and the matches they have played have all been tight.

“They’re a big, strong side who like to play direct so we know what we are coming up against.

“We will play the best team we have available, but our priority is the Essex Senior League.

“Having said that, anything we can do to emulate Bowers, we will and we’d love a run in the Vase and not just for the money.

“It builds a great team spirit with the trips you do and you create memories so hopefully we can go through.”

As long as Saturday’s match does not finish level, then Ilford will try to push further up the table on Tuesday when they make the short trip to face local rivals Redbridge at Oakside.

While the Foxes boss is frustrated at their recent hiatus from competition action, he hopes his mood is much more improved by this time next week.

“I’ll play my full strength team at Harpenden Town because the last thing I want is a replay,” said Fenn.

“During Saturday’s game at Burnham we were so different compared to how we were a month ago because we’ve lost our momentum.

“We’ll go to Harpenden though and hopefully get a win which will take us into Tuesday’s derby nicely.

“If we can get another victory then we will be buzzing by the time we face Barking on Saturday week.

“Hopefully this time next week there is a completely different complexion on how we’re feeling about the season.”

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