Big tests on horizon for Fenn’s Ilford Foxes after recent break

PUBLISHED: 15:00 21 January 2016

Ilford manager Allan Fenn gives instructions to his team from the sideline (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO).

Ilford manager Allan Fenn gives instructions to his team from the sideline (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO).

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Cricklefield outfit haven’t had competitive fixture since January 9

Ilford manager Allan Fenn is excited about the matches his team have got over the next 10 days

The Foxes have three games in the Essex Senior League against sides inside the top eight.

If the weather can stay fair then the Cricklefield outfit will have a much better idea of where they can finish this season after the next 10 days.

The first task is a clash at Sawbridgeworth Town on Saturday, before Ilford have a trip to Bowers & Pitsea on Tuesday.

Following those games they return back home to face old rivals Clapton and all three fixtures excite the Foxes boss.

“I am looking forward to the next 10 days because we have Sawbridgeworth first, Bowers afterwards and then Clapton the following weekend,” said Fenn.

“This is a big period for the club and after these matches, we will have a better indication of what we can achieve this year.

“We don’t have a chance of finishing at the top, but we are really excited about the next 10 days.”

Ilford haven’t played a competitive match since January 9, but Fenn is confident Saturday’s fixture at Sawbridgeworth will take place.

The Robins have enjoyed a lot of success this year, but not against the Foxes.

Fenn added: “I think it will go ahead. The pitch they have does quite well with all types of weather.

“I think it is meant to warm up before the weekend as well so I am confident it will be on.

“They are a good side, sitting third in the table, but we have beaten them twice already this season – once in the league and in the cup so we will go

there full of confidence.”

With Bowers coming up just a few days later, it is set to be a testing period for Ilford.

The last competitive match they played was on January 9 against Enfield and they lost 3-2.

It was a poor result for the Foxes so Fenn expects a good response this week.

He added: “After the last league performance, the boys have a point to prove.

“We played a friendly last weekend against Enfield Town under-21s and won 7-2 so it was nice to have that to give some players a run-out.

“Bowers have done very well in the FA Vase and proven what a good team they are so it will be a difficult game, but first things first we have Sawbridgeworth on Saturday to think about.”

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