Fenn hails Chris Clark and Ilford squad

PUBLISHED: 17:30 15 March 2016

Ilford goalkeeper Chris Clark (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo).

Ilford goalkeeper Chris Clark (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo).

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Cricklefields manager pleased to pick up point at the weekend

Ilford manager Allan Fenn paid tribute to goalkeeper Chris Clark following their 1-1 draw with Barking in the Essex Senior League.

Wale Odedoyin opened the scoring for the Foxes at Cricklefields on Saturday against his former club to make it 1-0 at half time.

But the Blues pressure after the break paid off when James Peagram netted to earn his side a point 17 minutes from time.

Fenn admitted his team weren’t at their best, but proud of the fact they dug in to draw - their third stalemate in a row.

He said: “The boys showed a lot of character, we played against a good side that had beaten Tower Hamlets 8-0 a couple of days before.

“They are second in the table on merit and their front three had great movement, pace and experience.

“If it wasn’t for Chris we could have lost game, but at the same time we had one cleared off the line and their goalkeeper made a good save when we went through one-on-one so we could have nicked it.

“That wouldn’t have been fair, though, because we weren’t at our best, but boys dug in and got a draw.”

Ilford haven’t lost since February 24 when Hullbridge Sports beat them 1-0 and remain seventh in the table.

Fenn hopes they can kick on again now after coming through a difficult spell where they were missed various key players.

He added: “We haven’t won in four matches, well that is the way I look at it rather than saying we’re three unbeaten.

“We have had chances to win each of those games, but at the same time we’ve a lot of character to dig deep aand get points from those matches.

“Saturday was the first time Wale had scored in a little while and we had Danny Jones back again.

“We have been missing five wingers recently so it has been a case of putting square pegs in round holes, but we’ve come through this difficult period.”

The Foxes manager was left frustrated on Saturday night after a comment made in the Ilford boardroom.

But he confirmed everything is fine now, adding: “I won’t go into detail, but somebody said in the boardroom ‘we threw that away’ and it was a wrong comment that wasn’t needed.

“Other people in the boardroom agreed that I had every right to be unhappy with it, but everything is fine now.”

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