Fenn won’t allow Ilford to underestimate rivals

PUBLISHED: 16:00 18 February 2016

Ilford manager Allan Fenn shouts instructions during an Essex Senior League clash (pic: George Phillipou/TGSPHOTO)

Ilford manager Allan Fenn shouts instructions during an Essex Senior League clash (pic: George Phillipou/TGSPHOTO)

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Foxes have two more fixtures coming up and aim to do professional job in both

Ilford's Dan Jones (centre) scored twice against Waltham Forest (pic: Tim Edwards).Ilford's Dan Jones (centre) scored twice against Waltham Forest (pic: Tim Edwards).

Ilford face two teams in the bottom half of the Essex Senior League this week and manager Allan Fenn wants his team to remain focused.

Foxes completed a professional job over Waltham Forest on Saturday, winning 3-0 to move up to fourth in the standings.

They visit struggling Newham this weekend before hosting Hullbridge Sports on Wednesday (February 24) at Cricklefields Stadium.

Sports are 11th and have only won once in their past six matches. But Fenn is taking nothing for granted, he said: “To be fair to Newham, I think they are in a false position.

“Some of their performances have not reflected their results. We beat them 2-0 earlier in the campaign, but it was a close game.

“They are a decent side and we will go there looking to do a job and do the double over them, but I know it won’t be easy for us.

“With Hullbridge, we played them twice last year at home and lost on both occasions with them being fantastic.

“I’m as surprised as anyone with their inconsistency this year. I have a lot of time for them as a club so we expect a difficult match.”

Fenn was bracing himself for a tricky encounter with Forest last weekend, but Dan Jones stole the show.

The former Redbridge player scored twice and was a constant threat throughout the contest at Cricklefields. Ryan Barker-Francis was also on target for Ilford as they cruised to three points.

After suffering previous defeats against some other lowly teams in the division, the Foxes boss was delighted.

“We have played the top two in Basildon United twice and FC Romania this month and lost twice by the odd-goal and won the other,” added Fenn.

“It shows we are improving, but I have been saying that all year. Saturday’s match with Waltham Forest is where we have fallen on our sword.

“We have lost against Southend Manor, Takeley, Burnham Ramblers and Enfield, but we did a professional job last weekend. We are ticking along nicely.”

Although satisfied with Ilford’s home triumph on Saturday, Fenn did admit they could have won by more as the Foxes missed numerous chances, but it didn’t upset their boss too much.

“We took our foot off the pedal a little bit after we scored our third,” said Fenn.

“That was a little bit disappointing, but at the end of the day we got three points. We scored three and kept a clean sheet, I’ll take that any day of the week.”

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