Fenn confident Ilford have quality for successful campaign

PUBLISHED: 11:00 30 October 2015

Ilford manager Allan Fenn gives out instructions (pic: George Phillipou/TGSPHOTO)

Ilford manager Allan Fenn gives out instructions (pic: George Phillipou/TGSPHOTO)

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Foxes boss optimistic for season ahead of FA Vase clash with Kemptson Rovers

Ilford boss Allan Fenn believes the club could be on the verge of an historic season ahead of their FA Vase tie with Kempston Rovers on Saturday.

The Foxes are flying high in the Essex Senior League, sitting just five points off leaders Bowers & Pitsea.

Ilford have won their last five games and will be seeking to continue their good form when they host the Walnut Boys at the Cricklefield Stadium.

Fenn has only been in charge of the Foxes for just shy of 18 months, but the manager is confident his team can achieve great things.

“When I came in, I had a three-year plan in mind to make sure I could get the club back to being successful,” he said.

“My first year in charge was spent improving the infrastructure, such as the changing rooms, youth teams and social media.

“This year, the focus is on building a team. At the minute, we’re looking very strong, but there is still a long way to go in the season.

“We’re taking nothing for granted and know we have to give it 100 per cent in every game. We know we can compete on all fronts, but we have our fingers crossed that we are lucky with injuries.”

Ilford are also using this weekend’s match to show their support for anti-discrimination campaign ‘Kick It Out’.

And Fenn hopes the match will encourage people from all walks of life to come down and give their backing to the Foxes on Saturday.

“We have a melting pot of a community in the local area and I urge anyone from any background to come down and support their local club,” he added.

As for what he is expecting from Saturday’s opponents, Fenn believes Kempston will provide a stern test of Ilford’s credentials in the competition.

Rovers are currently unbeaten in the United Counties Premier Division, which is at a similar level to the Essex Senior League.

The Walnut Boys may hail from Bedfordshire, but that has not stopped Fenn and his staff from watching the opposition.

“There a very good team from a very strong league whose clubs always seem to do quite well in the competition.

“No one has beaten them in their league this season so we know it will be a tough game and we will need to put in our best display.

“I’ve seen them myself and had them watched a couple of times because you have to show every team respect.

“We think we know their strengths and weaknesses. We’re on a good run of form ourselves and think we can go a long way if we win.”

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