Essex Senior League: Allan Fenn hails Ilford’s Sipho Mtyanda after fantastic February

PUBLISHED: 14:00 22 February 2017

Sipho Mtyanda scored a hat-trick for Ilford in their win over London Bari (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

Sipho Mtyanda scored a hat-trick for Ilford in their win over London Bari (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

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The Foxes take on Enfield tonight in the Gordon Brasted Memorial Trophy looking to reach the quarter-finals of the competition

Ilford manager Allan Fenn has lavished praise on Sipho Mtyanda following his rich vein of form in February and is determined to keep getting the best out of the attacker.

The former Barking winger has scored six times this month and helped Foxes build some momentum in the Essex Senior League.

Mtyanda was set to depart the Cricklefield Stadium club at the end of 2016, but in the end stayed and Ilford are reaping the rewards.

“Sipho is a really good player and on his day the most technically gifted footballer in the division for me,” said Fenn.

“I want to see him realise his potential and this month he has got the goals his performances deserve.

“He has been terrific and his work rate of late has been brilliant and he seems more focused I think.

“It seems like he is enjoying his football at the moment and what he needs to do is stay with a club for a while.

“He has been asking me about my plans for next season and that is a great sign, so hopefully we can keep getting the best out of him.”

Ilford will hope Mtyanda can continue his impressive form tonight when Enfield visit Cricklefield Stadium.

The two clubs are set to do battle in the second round of the Gordon Brasted Memorial Trophy with the winner away to Takeley in the last eight.

Even though the Foxes enter the tie in great form, they are wary of slipping up against the north Londoners.

“Last time we played Enfield we were in a purple patch and we came unstuck and lost 3-1,” said Fenn.

“The man of the match that night was Chris Lockwood who is now on our team, so that will help.

“I think they have lost quite a few players recently, but they will be typical Enfield and we can’t underestimate them.

“We know if we turn up and play like we can then we should win, but we have to be on our game.”

Although the Foxes claimed all three points at Eton Manor on Saturday, Fenn admitted they were fortunate.

Ryan Ramsey opened the scoring before Mtyanda wrapped up the points in stoppage time to earn a 2-0 win.

But Fenn said: “We have a pretty shocking injury list at the moment and Eton Manor have some very good players and if I’m honest we were fortunate to win 2-0.

“Again the referee didn’t help because he was booking players left, right and centre and just for appealing. I was very happy we finished the game with 11 men.

“Both benches felt like that at the end. To come away with a 2-0 win against a good team when the referee wasn’t great was really pleasing.”

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