Essex Senior League: Ilford buzzing again after beating Redbridge admits boss Allan Fenn
PUBLISHED: 15:00 14 September 2016
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The Foxes are scoring plenty of goals at the moment, but their manager wants them to do better at the other end
Allan Fenn believes his Ilford squad are buzzing now they are getting back into the swing of things.
The Foxes had to go two weeks without a game and it halted the momentum they created at the start of the campaign.
But after returning with a 3-1 win at Burnham Ramblers on September 3, they won by the same scoreline on Saturday in the first qualifying round of the FA Vase.
They needed extra time to defeat Harpenden Town, however got past the Hertfordshire club in the end.
And they made it three victories in a row last night with a 4-3 triumph at local rivals Redbridge in the Essex Senior League.
“We have come through a couple of tests recently. Saturday was difficult, but we got through,” said Fenn.
“Last night we showed good character to come from one down to lead 4-2 and our confidence is high.
“We are all buzzing, we have a few injury problems, but we can’t wait to play Barking and Barkingside now.
“The most important thing last night was the three points, but we scored some good goals at Redbridge.
“I think that is 27 in seven matches so far this season and 13 in our last four on the road.
“But the goals we gave away could have been avoided and that was the most disappointing aspect from the game.”
Redbridge took the lead through DJ Adelekan in the 21st minute, although an excellent strike from Sipho Mtyanda levelled three minutes later.
Elias Armar-Tackie scored a stunning solo effort before half time to ensure Ilford were ahead at the break.
Adelekan equalised for the Motormen before Chris Stevens come off the bench to make it 3-2 to the Foxes.
Dan Jones extended the lead with a penalty and although Lee Weemes pulled one back for Redbridge from the spot, it finished 4-3 to the visitors.
Fenn added: “We are getting goals and it is about getting that balance between the two, but I’d like us to score more from set pieces.
“Some of our deliveries are great and we just need a bit more desire to try and get on the end of them.
“We do need a bit of leadership too as we’ve lost Ben Turner for a while, I’m just not sure how long.
“Elias has done his hamstring and Steve Solarin, a forward that made his debut on last night, has done his ‘hammy’ too.”
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