Essex Senior League: Ilford boss Allan Fenn can’t wait to face old club Redbridge

PUBLISHED: 14:00 13 September 2016

Allan Fenn has seen his Ilford side start the new season well (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Allan Fenn has seen his Ilford side start the new season well (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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Foxes manager wants all three points on return to Oakside Stadium

Ilford boss Allan Fenn is looking forward to visiting his former club Redbridge in the Essex Senior League tonight (Tuesday).

During his playing career, Fenn turned out for the Motormen before also having a spell as manager at Oakside Stadium over a decade ago.

He returns to the his old stamping ground tonight with his Foxes squad, who are yet to lose in the league this season.

And Fenn is confident that unbeaten record will still be in place after tonight’s match.

“Having been at Redbridge as a player, captain and manager, it’s good to go back, but I’ll be doing everything I can to make sure we win,” he said.

Ilford may be forced into changes for the trip, having been taken to extra-time by Harpenden Town in the FA Vase on Saturday, with the Foxes eventually winning 3-1.

But Fenn is confident that there is enough strength in depth in his squad, even if he does have to make a few alterations.

“I’ve asked the boys to let me know how they are feeling, so I have a fair idea of the squad I’ll be able to name.

“On Saturday, it was pleasing to see we were able to maintain our fitness levels throughout the game.”

The clash with Redbridge marks the start of a run of three derbies in six days for Ilford, who host Barking and ‘visit’ tenants Barkingside over the next week.

And Fenn admits it is a strange situation to be in, but is confident the Foxes can cope.

“It’s never happened like this before, having three derbies in a week, but every game we play, we’ll try to do the right things.

“All the opposition seem to raise their game when they play us, so we know we have to work hard.”

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