Essex Senior League: Ilford manager Allan Fenn grateful for rest after struggling with injuries and suspensions

PUBLISHED: 15:00 13 October 2016

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

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

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Foxes picked up impressive haul of four points from two tricky matches over the past few and now have Saturday off

Ilford boss Allan Fenn is really happy his team do not play again in the Essex Senior League until next Wednesday.

The Foxes picked up a point in a 1-1 draw at Hullbridge Sports on Tuesday, having beaten Takeley 2-0 last Saturday.

Fenn’s players have no fixture this weekend, though, and must wait until Wednesday when Eton Manor visit Cricklefield.

A host of injury problems in addition to suspensions and work commitments has seen Ilford struggle recently and the manager says a short period of time without football is welcome.

“We’ve got a week off before we face Eton Manor and we’ll have around seven players back for that match,” said Fenn.

“Two lads have got the flu, Joe Killingback’s suspension will be over and Ajay Ashnike will be available, so our squad will look a lot stronger.

“Eton Manor are doing really well right now and Josh Sykes scored a hat-trick again on Tuesday so we know it’s going to be an interesting game and I’ve got a lot of respect for them.”

After defeats to Southend Manor (3-0) and Redbridge (3-1), Ilford have bounced back this week and conceded just once.

Connor Lane and Ryan Ramsey were on target last Saturday to see off high-flying Takeley 2-0.

Joe Turpin’s own goal put the Foxes ahead at Hullbridge, but the hosts levelled after the break and it eventually ended all square at Lower Road.

Fenn added: “Four points is a good return. My standards are high so I expected us to get all six points.

“That is no disrespect to Hullbridge Sports or Takeley because they are both very good sides.

“If the fixtures could have come a week later we would have been a lot stronger so that would have helped.”

At Lower Road the Foxes brought on Jamie Hart for his first team debut after impressing in the reserves.

Even thought that pleased Fenn, he couldn’t help think of how his strongest side might have got on.

He said: “We had Ajay missing, Dan Jones and I could go on and on and on, but I don’t want to bore you!

“I brought Jamie Hart into the squad from the reserves, he is only 18, and made his debut for the last 15 minutes so that was good.

“To come away with four points is pleasing, but it could have been so much more if it wasn’t for our injuries.”

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