Fenn targets cup progress for Ilford

PUBLISHED: 12:00 09 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 confident of beating Basildon for second time in a week

Ilford manager Allan Fenn believes the finest of margins could decide their Essex Senior League Cup tie away to Basildon United tonight.

The Foxes will be looking to sting the Bees with a place in the semi-finals up for grabs.

This time last week Ilford were also gearing up to take on Basildon in a league game that they won 3-0.

And Fenn knows that fixture will still be fresh in the minds of both sides as they do battle again.

“I’m expecting a tight game, I think we surprised them a bit last week and Basildon will be well prepared for the game,” said Fenn.

“It will be a difficult game, but it is a good chance to reach the semi-finals and one of the aims this season is to get to a cup final.

“Beating them by three goals last week will work both ways. We’ll want to do the same while Basildon will be looking to get one over us.

“We’re fully aware of the threat they offer and have a good squad with a good manager, but we’re looking to rebound after the loss to FC Romania on Saturday.”

Fenn and Ilford will be hoping for a happier time tonight after suffering an extremely frustrating 2-1 defeat against Essex Senior League leaders Romania.

It was another close game between the sides, continuing a trend of recent meetings, but Fenn was disappointed with the opposition’s antics.

“It was an undeserved defeat and I though Romania were a disgrace with their play-acting and diving,” said Fenn.

“The referee and the officials were poor, one of the Romania players put a bad tackle in that was a red, but only received a yellow.

“He did it again and only received a warning before Romania took him off. We had no protection from the referee.”

Ilford also had Carl Mullings sent off during the second half, but Fenn conceded it was a deserved dismissal.

“I can’t complain, it was a red card,” he added. “Carl was a bit overenthusiastic after coming on and he caught the guy, but he’s not a malicious player.”

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