Essex Senior League: Ilford boss Cove disappointed with Sporting Bengal defeat

PUBLISHED: 14:00 19 March 2018

Ilford and Sporting Bengal United in action (Pic: Tim Edwards)

Ilford and Sporting Bengal United in action (Pic: Tim Edwards)


Ilford joint-boss Billy Cove is extremely disappointed with his side’s 2-1 defeat to Sporting Bengal United.

A brace from Eaia Embalo sealed the three points and help push Bengal up the table and further away from the relegation zone at Cricklefield Stadium.

“We’re hugely disappointed with the performance and the result,” Cove said.

“We never really got going, the pitch was fine, so no complaints there.”

Cove praised Imrul Gazi’s men efforts and believes they thoroughly deserved the win on the weekend.

“I think Sporting Bengal turned up and wanted it more than we did.

“They out played us and out muscled us all over the pitch and were well worth the win.”

Goalkeeper Joseph Zubaidy made his debut for the club in the match and Cove believes it was always going to be coming in to replace Chris Clark.

Clark left the club to join Bostik North outfit Barking at the end of last week and The Foxes moved quickly to fill the void with the former Fulham youngster.

“Any goalkeeper that played on Saturday would’ve had some very big gloves to fill after Chris Clark’s departure, but I think Joseph had an alright game.

“The first goal was a bit disappointing as the player was allowed a free header in the 6-yard box, so I am sure he’ll be disappointed with that, but nobody blamed him, and we move on to the next game.”

Harry Watkins also returned to Ilford to play in the match and the management pairing of Cove and Allan Fenn are delighted to have him on board.

“We are really pleased that Harry decided to come back to us, he had a lot of interest from other clubs in the division, but I think his relationship with Fenny, and the trust we both have in him as a player, helped make up his mind, which is great for the club.”

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