Essex Senior League: Allan Fenn disappointed with Ilford’s defeat at Stansted and officials

PUBLISHED: 17:00 26 October 2016

Ilford manager Allan Fenn (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Ilford manager Allan Fenn (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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Foxes boss frustrated with hosts second goal and full of praise for Wale Odedoyin despite penalty miss

Ilford manager Allan Fenn felt his team deserved to take something from last night’s clash at Stansted in the Essex Senior League and was left disappointed with one of the officials at Hargrave Park.

The Airportmen took the lead with half an hour played after a fine strike by Connor Martin from range. Wale Odedoyin, a day after resigning for the Foxes from Tilbury, then blasted a penalty against the crossbar.

Matt Gill curled in Stansted’s second in the 76th minute and although Sipho Mtyanda pulled one back for Ilford, it finished 2-1 to the hosts.

“They scored a worldie to open the scoring which came out of the blue, but we had plenty of chances at 1-0 down,” said Fenn.

“We got the penalty and Wale blasted it against the crossbar – I couldn’t believe it and it was all us. But where we were pushing, they broke and went through.

“The bloke was three or four yards offside though and we knew it, they even said it and so did the crowd, but the linesman has given it for some reason.”

Fenn was left extremely unhappy with the way the aforementioned official behaved after full time at Hargrave Park.

Two of his Ilford players made passing comments to the linesman and his reaction disappointed the Foxes boss.

“I don’t like to moan about the officials, but the linesman wasn’t up with play for the second goal,” said Fenn.

“He was well behind it and I was told he was actually at Sawbridgeworth Town as a player at the start of the season.

“What has really disappointed me is what happened after the full time whistle because my captain Isaac Nkosi has said to the lino what was going on.

“Little Ryan Ramsay has also said to him ‘you had a nightmare’ and he’s turned around and said to them both ‘you are sh*t’.

“I’ve had a lot of chats with my boys about not swearing at officials and treating them with respect, but what is that all about?

“In the end I was disappointed with the defeat and the linesman and I have made a complaint to the league and spoke to the relevant people about the incident.”

Foxes forward Odedoyin endured a frustrating evening on his return to the club after failing to find the net from the penalty spot at Stansted.

But the Ilford boss praised the former Barking and Tilbury striker and is certain it won’t be long before he is back in the goals for the Essex Senior League club.

“Wale didn’t have the best of nights, but I’m delighted to have him back. What he gives us is pure honesty, desire and determination and he turns bad balls into good ones,” said Fenn.

“He could have had four yesterday because he had two good shots, a header and the penalty miss. But he is in the position to get the chances so I’m not concerned about a couple of misses and they’ll turn into goals soon.”

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