Essex Senior League: West Essex have impressed Ilford boss Allan Fenn
PUBLISHED: 15:00 24 February 2017
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The Foxes are hoping to end the season strongly and claim a top-three finish
Ilford manager Allan Fenn has been impressed with the way West Essex have performed during their first campaign in the Essex Senior League, but is determined to complete the double over them this weekend.
The Foxes beat the divisional new boys 2-0 back on October 29 and face them again at Mayesbrook Park on Saturday.
Although Ilford will be expected to win, they know the local outfit, who sit 11th, will prove stern opponents.
“Wadham Lodge came into the league last season and did very well and West Essex have done the same thing this year,” said Fenn.
“They started off quite strongly, then hit a sticky patch and we beat them 2-0 in October and it was pretty comfortable.
“But I really liked the shape they had and some of their players are very good, so it is going to be a test.
“I know if our attitude and mindset is right then we can beat any team in this division because we have proved it.
“As long as we approach the game like we should then hopefully we can get another good win on Saturday.”
Ilford’s form in the division has been impressive since December with the Foxes losing only one of their last 13 league games.
Fenn has watched his team win away to the leaders Barking and FC Romania during their recent fine run.
Last weekend they claimed a 2-0 win at Eton Manor with Ryan Ramsey and Sipho Mtyanda on target.
The Foxes handed out a 5-1 thrashing to London Bari on February 15 too with Eden Nelson hitting a brace and Isaac Nkosi, Glen Warwick and Nicki Dembele netting.
“I was realistic back in November when I said we couldn’t win the league, so the focus was to win a cup,” said Fenn.
“On top of that I wanted us to be in the top five because we do believe we are one of the best teams in the division.
“I know believing that counts for nothing and you have to prove it because you finish where you deserve to at the end of the season.
“But if we win our games in hand it will put us in a good position and hopefully teams around us continue to drop points.
“We still need to play Southend Manor at home and Clapton away, so there is a chance we can get in the top three.”
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