Fenn and Ilford enjoying the ride
PUBLISHED: 17:00 19 October 2015
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Cricklefield outfit continued their fine form with another victory last weekend
Ilford manager Allan Fenn says his side are ‘just enjoying the ride’ as they earned their second consecutive Essex Senior League victory by beating Newham 2-0 at Cricklefields Stadium on Saturday.
A own goal and strike from Elias Armar-Tackie in the first half secured the win for the home side.
That was enough to move them up to sixth in the table with 21 points from their opening 11 matches.
Fenn said: “I am very pleased to get the win but it’s the clean sheet that’s most important. We’ve been scoring goals but also leaking a lot too recently.”
The Foxes had not earned a clean sheet since their 1-0 FA cup victory over Bowers & Pitsea back in August.
And therefore the shutout against Newham pleased him, Fenn added: “It wasn’t a pretty game but we dug in and came away with the three points so I’m very happy.”
Ilford’s current success is made all the more remarkable given their current injury list. Fenn believes that this bodes well for the future with players returning.
He said: “We have 12 players out injured at the moment. I could fill a whole first team with them.
“Within two weeks we should have the majority back and once we do then we are a match for anyone.”
The manager has also stated that his side are thriving on a lack of expectancy when compared to other clubs in the league.
He is hoping they can maintain their current run of form for as long as possible, adding: “We have low expectations and no pressure on us so we are just enjoying the ride. We’ve got some very big games coming up.”
The first of those for Ilford is on Wednesday when they play London Bari in the Essex Senior League Challenge Cup at Cricklefields Stadium.
Fenn is cautious despite having already beaten their opponents this season, adding: “We played them in our second game of the campaign and beat them 1-0, but they’ve had some good results of late.
“They’ve got pace up front and are very competitive so we’ll have to match their commitment and enthusiasm.”
After that encounter Ilford will resume their league campaign when they play Waltham Forest FC at home this weekend, but the first focus is Wednesday’s cup clash.
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