Fenn: Ilford’s title hopes are gone

PUBLISHED: 08:00 15 January 2016

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

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

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Foxes boss says recent losses have cost team shot at league crown

Ilford manager Allan Fenn says his team can forget about winning the Essex Senior League after suffering three defeats in their last six games.

The Foxes started the campaign brightly to give themselves an outside chance of upsetting the odds and claiming the crown.

But losses to Burnham, Takeley and Enfield (3-2 last weekend) — all of whom are in the bottom half — have hit the title tilt hard.

Fenn is positive Ilford can still achieve what they set out to at the start of the season, but admits their chances of pulling off a shock to claim the crown are now over.

“Any hopes we had of winning the title have gone, to lose the games we have recently isn’t good enough,” said Fenn.

“As a manager, though, I have to be positive and we’re still on course for a top-five finish and a spot in a cup final, which was the aim at the start of the season.

“We were given a sniff of the title because we started well and others didn’t, and while that’s now gone we can still achieve our aims.”

Fenn has every right to be upbeat about Ilford’s season, having overseen a dramatic turnaround in the club’s fortunes since taking charge 18 months ago.

In his first season in charge, the Foxes boss guided the team to a top-half finish before conducting a raft of changes during pre-season.

Not only were there incomings and outgoings in the playing staff, but there was also a refurbishment of Cricklefield Stadium and Fenn believes these changes set Ilford up well for the season.

He hopes followers of the club will continue to see improvements on the pitch in the coming years, adding: “We have made progress as a team this season, but we know we can’t win every match that we’re involved in.

“It’s been a good season this year and I’m still positive about what we can achieve. If we can win more games than we lose between now and the end of the season, I’ll be happy as we’ve lacked consistency.”

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