Fenn: Boys honoured the badge

PUBLISHED: 11:30 18 March 2015

Ilford manager Allan Fenn (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Ilford manager Allan Fenn (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Gavin Ellis

ESL Cup: Haringey Borough 1 Ilford 0

Ilford’s hopes of lifting the Essex Senior League Cup were ended by Haringey Borough as they lost 1-0 at Coles Park.

The Foxes had Chris Stephens dismissed with just over 40 minutes remaining but the match looked to be heading for extra time before Tashan Brown struck in the dying minutes for Borough.

Despite the last-gasp winner for Haringey knocking his side out of the competition manager Allan Fenn expressed joy at the visitors effort and application.

“Regardless of the result, I’m so proud of the boys. They’ve grown. The spirit within the squad was fantastic,” said Fenn.

“In the end we made a slight mistake at a set piece but that can be easily rectified. It was a big battle and the boys battled so hard and bravely.

“They put their bodies on the line. They way they came of age was unreal. It was a defeat but I can take a lot of positives out of it.”

Even with their numerical disadvantage the Cricklefields outfit provided Essex Senior League leaders Haringey with a difficult challenge before Brown’s goal.

And Fenn believes his side’s performance merited more than a crushing late defeat.

“We had a couple of good chances in the first half that we didn’t take. I think we did not deserve to lose to a last minute effort,” added Fenn.

“To see how far they’ve come from when we last played at Haringey when we lost 7-1 is fantastic. Haringey were full of praise for us.

“The way our players have stepped up the last few can see they are really gelling now. They’ve improved so much but we’ve got to kick on for the rest of the season.”

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