Fenn excited for fans to see ‘improved’ Cricklefield

PUBLISHED: 14:30 30 July 2015

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

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

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Ilford boss discusses changes made to stadium ahead of Braintree match and reflects on recent results

Ilford manager Allan Fenn is looking forward to welcoming a Braintree Town XI to Cricklefield Stadium on Saturday and give fans a chance to see the improvements made to the ground.

Foxes boss Fenn has worked hard all summer to get their home ready for the new campaign and he is delighted to let supporters see it this weekend.

With the Essex Senior League starting on August 8, Fenn is happy to report everything is going smoothy for Ilford.

He said: “It is all going nicely, the boys are working hard and buying into what we are saying and doing with them.

“The bar at Cricklefield is done up, the clubhouse is looking good and the pitch has more grass than it ever has before!

“We are all pulling in the same direction, everyone is singing from the same hymn sheet and we are looking forward to people coming over for the Braintree match to see what we’ve been doing.

“Once they see how clean Cricklefield is, how much it has changed and improved, I’m sure they will want to come back.”

Ilford continued their preparation for the new campaign with friendlies against Waltham Abbey and Kelvedon Hatch recently.

The Foxes defeated Hatch 2-1 on Saturday, but were on the wrong side of the same result against Abbey.

But the Cricklefield manager was pleased with the progress his team made during both matches after a disappointed 3-0 loss to Stortford Swifts a couple of weeks ago.

Fenn added: “It was a decent test against Kelvedon Hatch and we played some fantastic football in the first half.

“It was good match, we are looking strong and organised. I was pleased with the way we played after the blip the previous Saturday against Swifts.

“We were 1-0 up against Waltham Abbey and should have deservedly won the game, but a few stonewall penalties weren’t given by the referee – that happens!

“But things are coming on nicely, we haven’t got the spending power of some teams, well we don’t have any money, but what we do have is a fantastic team spirit and a very good work ethic.”

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