Essex Senior League: Ilford manager Billy Cove wants to finish campaign with a win

PUBLISHED: 14:00 27 April 2018

Ilford manager Billy Cove in goal for Ilford against Hullbridge Sports (Pic: Neil Hunwicks)

Ilford manager Billy Cove in goal for Ilford against Hullbridge Sports (Pic: Neil Hunwicks)


Ilford will be desperately hoping they can cap off the season with a win to end their eight-game losing streak this weekend says joint-manager Billy Cove.

The Foxes travel to strugglers Waltham Forest at Wadham Lodge Stadium on Saturday (3pm) and they will be hoping they can remain 12th in the Essex Senior League.

Forest will also be eager to get three points on the board as they fight to keep their ESL status for next season.

“A win would be amazing, and it could potentially send Waltham Forest down, so they will be well up for it,” said joint Foxes boss Cove.

“We need to pick ourselves up, match them man for man and put in a good shift.

“This will be the last time some of the players have the chance to show ‘Fenny’ and I that they are good enough to be in our plans for next season.”

The former Maidenhead United striker says he is not sure what to expect from Forest as Ryan Maxwell has made wholesale changes since being appointed manager.

“I don’t really know what to expect from them to be honest,” he added.

“Ryan has made some very good signings since he took over, and he is a good footballing man, so the least I expect from them is to be disciplined and well organised.

“It’s been proven time and time again this season, that anyone can beat anyone on their day, so I am expecting a very good game.”

Cove also revealed it will be a special occasion for him returning to his former club and the manager could even find himself out on the pitch after donning the gloves in their 4-0 defeat to Hullbridge Sports in midweek due to the club’s other keepers being out injured.

“It will be a special day for me too, as I had many happy years there as a player, so it’ll be a strange feeling being in the away dressing room,” he said.

“I think I played a little better in the Hullbridge game than I did in the Barkingside one. It helped give me a better understanding of how frustrating it is for our defenders, playing in a side where they are continually put under pressure because our forwards do not defend, or keep the ball.”

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