Fenn focused on settling old score with Southend Manor

PUBLISHED: 14:30 26 February 2016

Ilford manager Allan Fenn (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Ilford manager Allan Fenn (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Ilford manager Allan Fenn has his sights set on revenge this weekend when his team take on Southend Manor in the Essex Senior League.

The Foxes haven’t lost too many times in the division this season, but were beaten in the earlier meeting between the two sides.

When Fenn took his men to the Arena in September, they hadn’t tasted defeat in the league, but missed chances, including a penalty, resulted in them losing 2-0 and it hasn’t been forgotten.

Ilford will be going all out to get a victory as Manor make the trip to Cricklefield Stadium and Fenn said: “It was our first league defeat of the season and it hit us like a brick.

“We missed a penalty when it was goalless and then had a load of chances before it all went horribly wrong for us. It was a bad day at the office.

“Something that drives me on is revenge. Whether it is coming up against a former club that I played or managed at, or facing a team that has beaten us before.

“I am always determined to put things right and this Saturday will be no different.”

Ilford hosted Hullbridge Sports on Wednesday night and suffered a 1-0 defeat after conceding a goal in the 89th minute.

They were desperate to get the match on despite the pitch being in a poor condition after their encounter with Newham on Saturday was postponed.

Newham play their games at Tilbury’s Chadfields Stadium, but the landlords called the fixture off due to an alleged dispute over rent.

The matter is believed to have been resolved now, but the Foxes were left without a match at the weekend and unhappy after Newham only confirmed the fixture was postponed around three hours before the 3pm start.

“We tried to get a friendly on Saturday, I said to the players ‘keep preparing as you would normally’,” said Fenn.

“I had a couple of lads that live in west London, literally sitting in the car for an hour waiting to leave and just needed the go-ahead from Newham.

“We could have organised a training session, but because they had been mucked around I said have the day off.”

Things have generally been going well for the Foxes off the pitch recently though.

Ilford announced that TCS Contracting will be the official club sponsor next season and Fenn had more good news to reveal.

He added: “We need to build for next year and we are doing great things off the pitch. We’re in talks with an investor and we are close to agreeing something.

“The boys want to be a part of this so we are not taking our foot off the pedal. I can assure you we will be fighting in every game between now and the end of the season to get the three points.”

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