Fenn happy as Ilford attain first objective

PUBLISHED: 13:00 04 December 2014

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

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

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Foxes suffered a disappointing 3-0 defeat to Greenhouse London last night, though, after a magnificent November

Paul Clayton (right) scores an early goal for Ilford and celebrates with his team mates (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)Paul Clayton (right) scores an early goal for Ilford and celebrates with his team mates (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Ilford manager Allan Fenn is delighted with how things are progressing at Cricklefield and is continuing to set his team targets as the season progresses.

Paul Clayton returned to the club on loan from Romford last week and marked his debut by scoring with his first touch in the 3-1 Essex Senior League win against Enfield on Saturday.

Ilford players celebrate after Paul Clayton scores an early goal against Enfield (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)Ilford players celebrate after Paul Clayton scores an early goal against Enfield (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

It was the Foxes’ fourth win out of five in the month of November and Fenn is buoyant about his squad.

He said: “We are looking confident, we are defending well and attacking well. The attitude is superb and we are really happy at the moment.

“Our first objective was to win nine games because Ilford did that last year. We have done that already and now I want to beat Ilford’s points tally of 34 from last season.

“We will do that easily so it is all about setting little targets to beat.”

Ilford are without a game this Saturday, due to Hullbridge’s involvement in the FA Vase, and Fenn and his team will be making the most of the free weekend, before readying themselves for next Wednesday’s league trip to face Tower Hamlets.

“We will have our Christmas party on Saturday,” he added.

“We are going up to Islington for a few drinks at my mate’s pub. The team spirit is excellent and it is another bonding session.

“We will be back in for training on Monday, though, and preparing for Tower Hamlets in the week.”

The Foxes were brought back down to earth last night when they hosted Greenhouse London in the league, though.

They fell to a 3-0 loss at Cricklefield, a result that wouldn’t have pleased the Ilford boss, and Fenn hasn’t been impressed with the fixture schedule that has come forward over the past week either.

Ilford begin 2015 with a run of eight consecutive away matches and they are not set to play a home fixture in the New Year until February 28 when they welcome Eton Manor.

Fenn added: “I think the Essex Senior League has given us something like 10 out of 13 games away from home.

“We don’t play our first home match of the year until the end of February. It is disgusting and I am outraged by it.

“It is not as if Barkingside are playing all home matches either.”

The Ilford manager was much happier with the action against Enfield on Saturday.

Clayton put the Foxes ahead, before second-half goals from Elias Armah-Tackie and Olu Olu put the hosts in control.

They conceded late on, but picked up another victory and the opening goalscorer earned praise.

“Paul was instrumental in my double-winning side and I would say him scoring with his first touch is down to inspired management,” joked Fenn.

“His experience is going to be really invaluable, though. I was impressed with us against Enfield, we scored early which was helpful. It settled us down a bit, but we have a long way to go yet.”

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