Essex Senior League: Ilford manager Allan Fenn wary of Sporting Bengal United’s threat
PUBLISHED: 15:00 04 November 2016
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Foxes visit Mile End Stadium on Saturday before Essex Senior Cup clash at Witham, but have more options to pick from now
Allan Fenn is certain Ilford will find more consistency over the next month after a frustrating October where they exited the FA Vase and lost twice in the Essex Senior League.
Foxes defeated West Essex 2-0 on Saturday having gone down 3-2 at St Margaretsbury in the Vase and suffered a 2-1 league defeat at Stansted.
Fenn takes his team to local rivals Sporting Bengal United this weekend, after losing 2-0 at home to Clapton on Wednesday, but is positive they can start using their numerous games in hand to move up the table.
“Sporting Bengal are a decent side and they try to play football and have some technically very good players,” said the Ilford manager.
“We are physically strong and can match the challenge so it is all about consistency for us now.
“I know we can beat anybody on our day, although if we fail to show up we’ll lose, but I’m feeling more confident because the players coming back from injury are strong personalities and characters.
“The people who have the shirts at the moment know they need to play well to keep their place, otherwise they’ll be out of the team.”
After Saturday’s league match, the Foxes are on the road again with a trip to Ryman North outfit Witham Town on Tuesday (November 8).
The Essex Senior Cup third round tie is a chance for Fenn to give some of his squad members much needed minutes and a chance to impress ahead of a busy schedule.
He added: “We have travelled to Hullbridge Sports, Takeley and Stansted recently on Tuesdays so it is no surprise to me we have another one – we’re used to it!
“Sporting Bengal is first and they can get good results on their day. I know they can beat anybody, but I have a decent record against them so I’d like that to continue.
“I’ll use the Witham match as a chance to rotate the squad and that’s no disrespect to the competitions, I just have players that need an opportunity and minutes.
“That’s the plan right now, although nearer the time it might change because it all depends on circumstances, but at the moment I’m going to rotate on Tuesday.
Paul Clayton’s first-half brace gave Ilford all three points on Saturday at home to West Essex. The ex-Romford captain scored in the 22nd minute and again 10 minutes later to earn a 2-0 victory.
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