Essex Senior League: Ilford fail to take off at Stansted and suffer second successive defeat

PUBLISHED: 10:00 26 October 2016

Ilford manager Allan Fenn (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Ilford manager Allan Fenn (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Sipho Mtyanda is on target for Allan Fenn’s team, but they lose after conceding once in each half

Ilford suffered a 2-1 defeat at Stansted in the Essex Senior League last night despite Sipho Mtyanda finding the net.

The Foxes were knocked out of the FA Vase at the weekend after losing a five-goal thriller at St Margaretsbury.

Allan Fenn would have hoped to see his team bounce back at Hargrave Park and gave Wale Odedoyin a start after bringing him back to the club.

Both teams were reduced to 10 men before a quarter of an hour had been played after a heated altercation.

And then with 30 minutes gone it was the hosts who took the lead when Connor Martin scored following a corner.

Foxes goalkeeper Chris Clark was called into action a couple of times before the break, but ensured it was only 1-0 at half time.

Ilford were presented with a great chance to equalise when they were awarded a penalty, but it was missed and Stansted remained ahead.

And they made the most of the failed spot-kick when Matt Gill curled into the corner with 14 minutes left.

Mtyanda’s deflected free kick reduced the arrears for the Foxes, however they were unable to find a late equaliser.

It is back-to-back defeats for Fenn’s team and they will hope to get back to winning ways on Saturday when they host West Essex.

Foxes are 14th in the table with 19 points having played less than most other sides in the division.

Ilford: Clark, Lane, Paliulis, Matthews, Nkosi, Clayton, Thomas, Rolle, Odedoyin, Stevens, Ramsay.

Substitutes: Mullings, Solarin, McLeavy, Mtyanda, Barker-Francis.

Attendance: 32.

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