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Fenn: Ilford could have hit double figures

PUBLISHED: 12:00 17 February 2016

Dan Jones (10) heads in his second and Ilford's third against Waltham Forest on Saturday (pic: Tim Edwards).

Dan Jones (10) heads in his second and Ilford's third against Waltham Forest on Saturday (pic: Tim Edwards).

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The Waltham Forest goal comes under pressure from Ilford on Saturday (pic: Tim Edwards).The Waltham Forest goal comes under pressure from Ilford on Saturday (pic: Tim Edwards).

Ilford manager Allan Fenn admitted his team could have scored double figures on Saturday against Waltham Forest in the Essex Senior League.

The Foxes scored twice in the opening 21 minutes through Dan Jones and Ryan Barker-Francis to be in complete control at Cricklefields.

While it was only 2-0 at the break, Jones soon bagged his second and it finished 3-0 to the home side.

Fenn’s men missed numerous opportunities, however, but he was delighted to see a number of players return to fitness.

He said: “It could have been double figures because we missed a hatful of chances and Waltham Forest would admit that.

Ilford's Dan Jones looks to run away from his Waltham Forest opponents (pic: Tim Edwards).Ilford's Dan Jones looks to run away from his Waltham Forest opponents (pic: Tim Edwards).

“It did give me an opportunity to give people 90 minutes and lads a run out that needed it.

“Sam Bubb made his first appearance since the start of the season. Isaac Nkosi played his first 90 minutes since September.

“Luke McLeavy was another who was back so it was good to give them a chance on Saturday.”

Fenn admitted Jones was the man of the match at the weekend, but reserved praise for goalkeeper Chris Clark too.

Foxes custodian made a crucial stop to keep the score 2-0 before Ilford were able to add a third early in the second half.

“Dan Jones was the pick of the bunch, he scored twice and it is so frustrating that we didn’t have him against FC Romania or Basildon United,” added Fenn.

“He is such an influential player, he is fantastic to have in the team and was clearly man of the match.

“It does need to be said that when we were 2-0 up, just before half time, a free kick come through to Chris Clark and he has pulled off a ridiculous save.

“I said in the changing room at half time it was world class. At 2-1 it is a completely different game so that was a key moment.”


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