Essex Senior League: Allan Fenn impressed with Ilford’s attitude and expects response

PUBLISHED: 16:00 28 October 2016

Ilford manager Allan Fenn with goalkeeper Chris Clark in the background (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo).

Ilford manager Allan Fenn with goalkeeper Chris Clark in the background (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo).

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Foxes boss watched his team lose twice this week, but did see Chris Clark produce incredible save at Stansted

Ilford boss Allan Fenn remains confident his team will bounce back in the Essex Senior League after a disappointing week.

The Foxes exited the FA Vase on Saturday after a 3-2 defeat at St Margaretsbury, before losing 2-1 at Stansted on Tuesday.

Fenn will hope to see his squad get back to winning ways this weekend when they host West Essex, before Wednesday’s clash with Clapton at Cricklefield.

He said: “West Essex have been very hit and miss and they’ve had some bad results, but it is their first season in the league.

“They will learn from every game and will be decent opposition, and I’m sure they’ll hope to play on the fact we’ve lost two and with us supposedly feeling disappointed.

“But the attitude of the boys has been brilliant and after the Stansted defeat, I can see how determined they all are to bounce back on Saturday.”

It has been a frustrating week for Ilford after gaining a crucial 4-2 win over Eton Manor on October 19.

Foxes went into the Vase clash with confidence, but trailed by three goals, before Chris Stevens and Paul Clayton replied late on as they lost 3-2.

Sipho Mtyanda scored against Stansted, but it was just a consolation, although Fenn was happy about one thing on Tuesday.

He added: “Chris Clark produced the best save I have ever seen and even the Stansted players applauded.

“They got a free kick and it was a great effort, and ‘Clarky’ has dived to his left and somehow got it up against the crossbar. They got to the rebound first and from about six-yards ‘Clarky’ has somehow managed to stop it again.

“His reactions were incredible and it is the best save I’ve seen and I was at Old Trafford for David Seaman’s in 2003.”

Although it has been a frustrating week for Ilford, Fenn is looking forward to Saturday’s fixture at Cricklefields.

Foxes boss revealed they are now selling fresh food at home games like jerk chicken, adding: “We can put this week right on Saturday and we’re back home so it should be a good day.

“We’ve got Caribbean food on sale at Cricklefields now and more people turning up so I’m positive and confident.”

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