Biggest week yet admits Ilford manager Allan Fenn
PUBLISHED: 17:00 15 September 2017
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Ilford boss Allan Fenn called this week the biggest of the season so far, ahead of their clash with high-flying Essex Senior League rivals Great Wakering.Jacob Ranson.
The Foxes play host to Ian O’Connell’s men on Saturday at Cricklefield Stadium before facing rivals Redbridge at Oakside on Tuesday evening.
The manager expects a tough two matches and knows these are sort of games they need to be winning in order to be up at the top come the end of the season.
“Home to Great Wakering and away to Redbridge, it’s a season-defining few days as I expect them to both be in the top six come the end of the season,” said Fenn.
“Great Wakering is a good set-up and they’re a good club with a good manager and a good side, so it will be tough.”
Fenn admits it’s more of an unknown quality as they haven’t had to face the Rovers for the past few seasons.
“We haven’t played Great Wakering for a few years so it will be really good to lock horns with them again,” he added. “The game will be a real good test for us to see how far we’ve came.
“We’re really looking forward to it as it’s a really important match and they’re the games you want to play in.”
The Foxes go into the test after a good run of games, including an FA Vase win over Cornard United at the weekend, and Fenn added: “I’m confident in the team and the players’ abilities, but I’m under no illusions how they will be to play against.
“We’re making real progress, as we had a real sticky start, but now we’re looking very strong.
“I’m sure it’s only a matter of time before someone in our league get a thumping.”
Fenn also believes he is spoilt for attacking options with the likes of James Peagram, Aaron Wickham, Sherwin Stanley, Jamie Hart and Khadean Campbell all fighting for starts.
“‘Peag’ has got double figures already and has been great,” he said. “We also have Sherwin Stanley available full-time now which is going to be huge.
“We have Jamie Hart and we Khadean Campbell who is back from injury now, so we’ve got really good attacking options to exploit.”
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