Fenn hoping his Foxes can make a mess of Eton again
PUBLISHED: 15:00 17 March 2016
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Cricklefields Stadium manager looks ahead to weekend clash and reveals latest additions to squad
Ilford manager Allan Fenn wants to see his team get back to winning ways in the Essex Senior League when they visit Eton Manor.
The Foxes are on a three-match unbeaten run after drawing with local rivals Barking on Saturday, but haven’t won any of those matches.
And therefore when they travel to Hertfordshire this weekend, Fenn is hoping they can return home with all three points.
Despite beating Manor 4-0 in the previous encounter at Cricklefield on December 19, Ilford expect a tougher test this time around.
“We’d love to win on Saturday, but they have a player called Chid Onokwai up front and he is a real handful,” said Fenn.
“I’m sure we will get a test. We beat them 4-0 before, but Luke Thomas is suspended for the match and Wale Odedoyin starts his ban now as well.
“Harry Matthews will be injured for the next few weeks so we’re a little bit lighter this time.”
Even with that in mind, Fenn is expecting his strong squad to have enough to see off Manor.
He will welcome back Ryan Barker-Francis and Elias Armah-Tackie for the clash at Broxbourne Borough’s V&E Sports Ground.
And the Ilford boss has used his strong links with Harlow Town’s under-21 team to bring in more options ahead of the match.
“We won’t be resting on our laurels, we have done that a few times this season and been proven wrong,” added Fenn.
“Eton Manor have the firepower to cause us problems so we’ll go there with the mindset to keep it tight, be organised and take our chances when they come.
“This week we had Elias back in training and Ryan available again. We’ve just signed a couple of lads from Harlow on loan in Ryan Ramsey and Bobby James.
“Although we are missing a few key players on Saturday, we should have enough in the squad to go there and get a result.”
Fenn was proud of his team for picking up a point against second-placed Barking last weekend despite not being at their best.
They took the lead when Odedoyin found the net against his former club in the first half, but the Blues equalised through James Peagram in the 73rd minute.
Chris Clark was inspirational in the Ilford goal and his saves ensured they drew the match.
“We want to win every game we play, but we have been without key people of late,” said Fenn.
“I thought we hung in there on Saturday and dug deep. The back four didn’t play too well for the first time in a while, but they stuck together and didn’t hide.”
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