Essex Senior League: Allan Fenn’s Ilford have three ‘massive’ tests coming up over
PUBLISHED: 14:00 30 September 2016
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Foxes face Southend Manor, Redbridge and Takeley again in space of a week, but are in great form
Allan Fenn insists Ilford’s next three Essex Senior League games are massive and is targeting nine points.
The Foxes visit Southend Manor on Saturday, before hosting rivals Redbridge on Wednesday.
Fenn’s men will entertain current leaders Takeley the following weekend, so they are set for a tough spell.
But Ilford are unbeaten in five games after seeing off Burnham Ramblers 4-0 in the FA Vase on Saturday and beating Takeley 3-0 in the Essex Senior Cup on Tuesday.
“This is a massive week for us. We play Southend Manor on Saturday, Redbridge on Wednesday and then Takeley, who are top, the following weekend,” said Fenn.
“We are coming up against three decent teams, but we want to get nine points and we’re looking forward to all of the matches.”
First up for the Foxes is a trip to the Arena to face a Manor team that have been unpredictable of late.
They defeated Redbridge 4-2 on Tuesday having lost on penalties to Canning Town in the FA Vase last weekend.
“It will be a tough test and I think there is a bit of off-field unrest at Southend between the chairman and the players,” said Fenn.
“That’s why my first team coach Wayne Seal left before and Connor Lane, who has been fantastic recently, was also the same.
“Steve Solarin is another and they’ve all moved on because of those problems.
“I think Stuart Marshall has done a fantastic job since going to Southend as manager and has got them organised and has some really good players.
“The last month of results for them has surprised me because I know they are capable of beating anybody.”
Although the Foxes have scored seven goals in their last two games, Fenn did reveal he is looking to bring in a forward.
With their injury list into double figures, the Ilford boss is looking to ease the load on his squad ahead of a busy spell of matches.
Fenn added: “We are looking for a forward and we are speaking to a couple of clubs about loaning somebody in.”
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