Essex Senior League: Ilford lacking momentum after recent hiatus admits manager Allan Fenn despite 3-1 win at Burnham Ramblers
PUBLISHED: 16:00 07 September 2016
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Foxes played for the first time in two weeks, but defended poorly and could have been trailing before taking control of the match
Ilford manager Allan Fenn blamed a lack of recent game time for his teams disappointing display at Burnham Ramblers on Saturday.
The Foxes hadn’t played in the Essex Senior League for two weeks when they made the trip to Leslie Fields.
Although they struggled to get into their rhythm, goals from Ryan Ramsey, Elias Armah-Tackie and Luke Thomas earned a 3-1 victory.
It could have been so different, however, if the hosts had been more clinical in front of goal.
Fenn said: “It was a weird old day and we all wasn’t happy. We started off pretty well and then lost our way.
“Some poor defending and decision making could have seen us three goals down if Burnham had finished their chances.
“We come in one up at half time and we are putting it down to a lack of momentum because we’ve had no games.”
Saturday’s fixture was Ilford’s third in the league this season despite getting their campaign underway on July 30.
A number of postponements have left the Foxes frustrated and kicking their heels in recent weeks.
“We are playing catch up now, we’ve played three league games and some others have got through 10 already,” said Fenn.
“It is all about the points now so we need to keep picking up wins and put as much pressure on the boys at the top as possible.
“We’d have loved nine points out of nine or even 21 from 21 if we didn’t have so many matches off.
“It is what it is and the really difficult thing for me has been to keep the players happy and motivated.”
Another problem for the Foxes was some miscommunication last week with regard to their recent fixture with Redbridge.
Ilford make the trip to Oakside on September 13 for a league encounter, but their manager was led to believe it was meant to be played this Tuesday.
Fenn added: “I rested players on Saturday because I thought we were playing Redbridge on Tuesday.
“It was only afterwards I found out we wasn’t going to them on September 6 and it was September 13 instead.
“The communication at the moment is doing my nut in and it is really frustrated with the other games off.
“Dan Jones took a day off work to play against Redbridge and we then found out it was the following Tuesday so he has to swap his shift now.”
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