Essex Senior League: Allan Fenn’s Ilford are playing with ‘real intent and confidence’
PUBLISHED: 15:00 28 September 2016
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Foxes will find out who they will play in the third round of the Essex Senior Cup later this afternoon
Ilford manager Allan Fenn is delighted with the spirit in his camp at the moment after back-to-back wins.
The Foxes won 3-0 at Takeley last night in the second round of the Essex Senior Cup at Station Road.
Sipho Mtyanda netted from the penalty spot before defenders Luke McLeavy and Justas Paliulis got on the scoresheet.
“We played really well and backed up Saturday’s good win at Burnham Ramblers. We are playing with real intent and confidence and have a fantastic team spirit at the club right now,” said Fenn.
“Last night I only had 15 players to pick from and thankfully Elias Armah-Tackie got through his fitness test so we can name him on the bench.
“We’ve got 13 players out injured, but the boys fit are all very good and it is showing with our results. That’s four clean sheets in a row and the sloppy goals we were conceding before we seem to have sorted out.”
Ilford had two unusual names on the scoresheet in McLeavy and Paliulis – both used to preventing goals.
Fenn was full of praise for Ryan Ramsey who played a part in all three of the goals at Station Road.
He added: “Luke and Justas both scored from set pieces and we could have scored a couple more.
“Chris Clark did pull off a vital save when it was goalless and that epitomises him. He is fantastic. He has been marshalling the defence so well and is really maturing – his concentration levels are excellent.
“We had good deliveries from Ryan and he has done well since joining on loan from Harlow Town. He won the penalty as well when he went through the middle and was brought down, which Sipho tucked away.”
The draw for the third round will take place later today and Ilford’s manager would love to get one of the big teams.
Football League opposition in Southend United and Colchester United enter now along with National League and Ryman League sides.
“I would like a big team, someone that can bring a bit of money into the club with a home tie,” said Fenn.
“With all due respect to the Essex Senior Cup, it is great to win it, but we’re not really going to.
“The likes of Colchester, Dagenham and Concord Rangers are more likely so we’d love to get a big club at home to bring in a good crowd.”
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