Essex Senior Cup: Ilford boss Allan Fenn to make changes for trip to Takeley
PUBLISHED: 17:00 27 September 2016
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Foxes manager previews tonight’s cup clash and discusses progress in FA Vase.
Ilford manager Allan Fenn says he will use tonight’s Essex Senior Cup tie against Essex Senior League leaders Takeley as a chance to rotate his squad.
The Foxes make the trip to Takeley in the second round of the competition, with a possible tie against Football League clubs Southend United and Colchester United the potential reward for the victor.
However, with some key games to follow in the league for Ilford in the coming weeks, including one against Takeley on October 8, Fenn says he will make changes for the match at Station Road.
“I have 16 fit players to chose from for tonight’s game and though there are some to come back for the weekend, we have some big games to come in the league.” said Fenn.
“Tonight will be about those who haven’t played that much recently getting some minutes. I’m still confident in the squad’s ability to win, but with all due respect to the Essex Senior Cup, we have bigger fish to fry this season.”
The Foxes head into the Essex Senior Cup tie fresh from progressing in another knockout competition after beating league rivals Burnham Ramblers 4-0 in the FA Vase on Saturday.
Isaac Nkosi, Dan Jones and Luke Thomas (2) all netted for the Cricklefields Stadium club in the win and Fenn was happy with the performance from his team.
“It was a pleasing win because we had been trying to get the right balance in the squad, and from the off we were at it against Burnham,” he added.
“Everyone who played was brilliant and we were on the front foot from the start — we could have scored double what we did!”
Ilford have been rewarded for their progress with a trip to St Margaretsbury of the Spartan South Midlands League Division One after the draw for the first round proper was made on Monday afternoon.
And Fenn, though pleased with the draw, knows the Bury will provide tough opposition for the Foxes.
“St Margaretsbury had a good result in the last round against Halstead Town, who are a good side. I was a little surprised as St Margaretsbury are third bottom in their league, but that is a tough competition,” he said.
“We’re under no illusions it will be a tough match, but hopefully by then we’re still in good form and we should have a lot of players to choose from.”
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