Fenn hopes Ilford can face Hullbridge

PUBLISHED: 13:00 23 February 2016

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

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

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Foxes boss doing everything to get league match on after being left frustrated on Saturday

Ilford manager Allan Fenn is trying desperately to get tomorrow’s (Wednesday) Essex Senior League clash with Hullbridge Sports on.

The Foxes boss will be using his own money to get the Cricklefield pitch rolled so that it can recover after Saturday’s fixture on it.

Barkingside, who share the stadium with Ilford, beat Witham Town 3-2 with weather making the surface unplayable at the moment.

But Fenn is trying to get the match ahead after their own game with Newham last weekend was postponed, much to his frustration.

“At the moment it looks like the Hullbridge match is going to be off. Roger Chilvers, our chairman, does the pitch, but also works full time,” said Fenn.

“He took yesterday off to work on it because on Saturday with Barkingside playing on it, the pitch cut up to pieces. He was going to roll it but because of the rain he couldn’t.

“We are trying to get Dagenham & Redbridge’s groundsman to come over either today or tomorrow to roll it. We are frantically trying everything to get it on and the league and Hullbridge know the situation.

“Me and the lads are chomping at the bit to play after Saturday. We can’t wait and I’ll be paying out of my own pocket for the groundsmen so hopefully it’s on.”

If the encounter does go ahead, Ilford will hope to achieve a similar result to the one they got at Lower Road earlier in the campaign.

Foxes beat Sports 4-2 on October 13 with Karolis Atutis (2), Carl Mullings and Elias Armah-Tackie on target, but had less success against them last season.

Fenn has a huge amount of admiration for tomorrow’s opponents and praised their philosophy, adding: “I have a hell of a lot of respect and time for Hullbridge. Every time we go there they make you feel welcome with hot food and it is a lovely club.

“They beat us twice at home last season and we drew with them in the final game of the campaign. They have a lot of talented players, but what lets them down is their naivety.

“That is only because they are young, but they are getting better all the time and had a fantastic FA Vase run recently.”

Ilford were meant to visit Tilbury’s Chadfields on Saturday to take on struggling Newham looking to get more success.

However a dispute between the two clubs who play at the stadium meant the Foxes were left waiting to discover if their match could go ahead.

Even though the pitch was playable, Ilford were told the match was postponed and understandably it left them incredibly unhappy.

“There is no excuses. Basically Tilbury said Newham hadn’t paid the rent, but Newham said they had so it is a mix up between the two clubs and good luck to them both,” said Fenn.

“I have loads of lads that are self employed and they could have worked on Saturday afternoon. Tilbury said it was off about 9.30 and we tried to get though to Newham, but didn’t get a reply until quarter to 12.

“That is three hours later and getting closer to kick-off, it was just when some of our lads would be setting off to leave - it isn’t on!

“We have made a complaint to the league because we want the points now. Why should we have to go to Tilbury on a Tuesday night because of a dispute between the two clubs? Hopefully they see sense and give us the result.”

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