Essex Senior League: Ilford manager Allan Fenn excited to host friends at Hullbridge Sports

PUBLISHED: 13:00 17 November 2016

Ilford boss Allan Fenn issues instructions (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

Ilford boss Allan Fenn issues instructions (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

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Foxes will have Wale Odedoyin leading the line on Saturday, although forward recently rejected approach from Ryman North club

Ilford manager Allan Fenn is looking to close the gap between themselves and Hullbridge Sports as they go head-to-head in the Essex Senior League at Cricklefield Stadium on Saturday.

The Foxes trail their next opponents by 11 points, yet do have nine games in hand over their divisional rivals.

Fenn was left frustrated last weekend when Ilford’s home match against Waltham Forest was postponed on Saturday morning due to a waterlogged pitch so can’t wait to face Sports.

He said: “They are one of my favourite teams in the league because they’re a well run club. I was delighted to see them doing so well at the start of the season, but what hasn’t helped them is losing Luke Hornsley to Grays Athletic.

“The goals haven’t dried up completely because they still have Jimmy Cox, but they are lacking consistency.”

Hullbridge have lost five of their last six games in all competitions and conceded 23 times during that period.

But Fenn is taking nothing for granted after drawing 1-1 at Lower Road on October 11, adding: “With a young team you are going to get a lack of consistency, especially in this type of weather, compared to an experienced group.

“We will prepare to face the best Hullbridge team we’ve ever played and be focused and driven to get the three points. Whatever side they put out I’m looking for us to get a win.”

Ilford will have Wale Odedoyin leading the line again fresh from his goal at Sporting Bengal United on November 5.

Although it might not have been the case had the forward decided to ditch Cricklefields for money from a Ryman North club.

“I rested Wale at Witham Town to get him ready for Saturday and sods law it gets called off,” said Fenn. “I’m not having much luck in that department recently.

“But I had a chat with him when he signed because at Tilbury he was suffering with a real lack of confidence.

“On his day he can be unplayable and with us having more training sessions together I’m hoping to have him at his best more frequently.

“Aveley came in with a cash offer for him on Friday, but he turned it down and that is because he is enjoying what we’re doing here.”

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