Essex Senior League: Waltham Forest postponement was correct admits Ilford manager Allan Fenn
PUBLISHED: 13:00 15 November 2016
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Cricklefield outfit have no midweek fixture so will get to work on the training ground ahead of Hullbridge Sports fixture
Ilford manager Allan Fenn conceded it was the right call to postpone their Essex Senior League clash with Waltham Forest on Saturday.
The two clubs were set to do battle at Cricklefields, but the weather had other ideas and heavy downpour caused the pitch to be waterlogged.
Although the Foxes boss was desperate to see his team in action, he knew calling the fixture off was the correct decision.
Fenn said: “I went over the ground on Saturday morning and you had puddles all over the pitch.
“It has been used so much and we only have a part-time groundsman that can go over on a Friday.
“We have got the reserves playing there, the under-18s, Barkingside and our under-16s so it’s not conducive to it all.
“If we had risked it there was a chance we could have ruined the pitch for the next month so it was postponed.
“The most important issue was the standing water we had because that made it dangerous for the players.
“If the ball had got stuck and two boys go for a tackle it might have caused an injury so it was the right decision.”
With no midweek fixture, Fenn was asked whether he was looking to arrange a friendly fixture for his team.
But the Ilford manager is relishing the chance to work with his players on the training ground, he added: “Originally I would have liked to get us a friendly.
“Now I see it as an opportunity to get in a good fitness session tonight. We haven’t had anywhere to train this season and that is not for a want of trying, but we’ve finally sorted a venue.
“Because we haven’t got a midweek fixture for a while, we can now put on a few training sessions with the boys and really work on things.”
When Ilford host Hullbridge Sports in the league this weekend it will be their first match in 11 days.
Foxes already have a huge number of matches to catch up on their division rivals so are determined to put together a strong run of form now.
“We have all said that every game is a cup final and we can’t afford any more slip ups,” said Fenn.
“Saturday is a good opportunity to close the gap on Hullbridge and we’re looking forward to it and have a full squad to pick from.”