Fenn: Long FA Vase run will help Ilford

PUBLISHED: 16:00 01 October 2015

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

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

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Foxes boss targets success ahead of weekend trip to Suffolk

Ilford are hoping Saturday’s trip to Woodbridge Town offers more than just progress to the next round of the FA Vase.

The Foxes face a round trip of almost 150 miles for the second qualifying round tie at Notcutts Park, Suffolk and are hoping to be cheered on by some away supporters.

Fans wishing to travel to the game can book a spot on the team coach for £10 and anyone interested should contact chairman Roger Chilvers on 07710 285571.

The winners of the match this weekend are set to receive £800 in prize money in addition to their name being in the hat for the first round proper draw.

But Ilford manager Allan Fenn hopes the competition can provide his club with more than just a few extra pounds.

“Money concerns are not paramount for me as a manager, but I’m sure if you ask the chairman he’ll say it is!” joked Fenn.

“We have to react from the disappointment of the loss against FC Romania last week and it’ll be an opportunity for players to stake claims.

“The Vase is an important competition for us as it offers a chance of a good cup run and the opportunity to boost confidence.”

It’s still early days in the season for a relatively new-look Foxes side which saw an number of additions over the summer

And Fenn says he is hoping to use the trip as on opportunity to bring the squad even closer together as a unit.

“Win, lose or draw there’ll be a few crates of beer for the players on the bus on the way back so we can have a bit of team bonding.”

The game at Notcutts Park will be something of a step into the unknown for the Foxes with the sides in different leagues.

While Ilford ply their trade in the Essex Senior League, the Woodpeckers turn out in Eastern Counties Division One, a step below on the football pyramid.

But Fenn is quick to deny that will make his team complacent, insisting he has good intel on the opposition.

“I’ve got a few contacts up there so I was able to have them watched and have a good report on what to expect on Saturday,” said Fenn.

“They have a good winger, but he was injured recently and is likely to miss the game. It’s a shame in terms of the match, but of course it’s good for us.

“We are aware they are in a league below us and know we have to be wary, but we are confident of success.”

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