Essex Senior League: Allan Fenn’s excited as Ilford play Barking and Barkingside over next week
PUBLISHED: 14:00 16 September 2016
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Foxes will have some tired legs come Tuesday morning, but it will be worth it if they can get two positive results
Allan Fenn hopes rivals Barking and Barkingside finish in the top five of the Essex Senior League this season, but only as long as his Ilford team are above both of them.
The Foxes entertain Barking on Saturday at Cricklefield Stadium, before facing their tenants on Monday in another derby clash.
While it is hard to read too much into the table right now, Barking and Barkingside are in the top five.
Ilford have played at least three games less than the pair, but are determined to be in a title race come the end of the season.
“Barking are a good side, they are strong every season and Glen Golby and Steve Willis are doing a good job over there,” said Fenn.
“If we want to be in contention for the title then I think we need to take points off Barking and Barkingside.
“I hope they both finish in the top five because I have a lot of good friends at both clubs.
“But I do hope we are above them. I would like to see Barking and Barkingside do well, but ultimately I want us to finish higher.”
Having endured a two-week spell during August and September where his side did not play one competitive match, Fenn’s Ilford are now in the middle of a hectic schedule.
They won 3-1 at Harpenden Town in the first qualifying round of the FA Vase on Saturday, but needed extra time to progress following goals from Chris Lockwood, Sipho Mtyanda and Dan Jones.
Fenn’s team then travelled to Redbridge on Tuesday and although they conceded three times, they ran out 4-3 winners.
Mtyanda, Elias Armar-Tackie, Chris Stevens and Jones were on target to move Foxes to 10 points from their first four league fixtures.
With Barking up next on Saturday and Barkingside to face just over 48 hours later, Ilford could have a few tired legs by this time next week.
“After extra time last weekend and facing Redbridge on Tuesday, it will be good to see how we get on against Barking and Barkingside,” said Fenn.
“We have a lot of tired bodies, but we’ve added quality to the squad and have plenty of options to choose from still, despite several injuries.
“A lot of our boys are in good form at the moment and Sipho can’t wait to face his old club on Saturday.
“The likes of Ben Turner, Paul Clayton, Joe Killingback and my goalkeeper Chris Clark have all been at Barking as well.
“We’re all excited and we do have Barkingside on Monday too, but we are concentrating on the boys down the road first.”
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