Foxes boss Allan Fenn wants his Ilford to gain bragging rights over rivals Barkingside
PUBLISHED: 15:00 13 October 2017
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Ilford manager Allan Fenn wants bragging rights over Cricklefield Stadium tenants Barkingside this weekend.
The Foxes will ‘visit’ Michael Walther’s men on Saturday (3pm) and will be looking to make it four wins on the bounce after Saturday’s superb 2-0 win over Takeley.
“It’s a local derby, the Cricklefield derby and it’s all about who’s going to have the bragging rights at the club,” said Fenn.
“We don’t share a lot with each other as we come and do our bit and they come to do their bit and there isn’t much of a relationship, so it will very much be another big game for us on Saturday.
“Whoever we play at the moment we just want to continue with the good form and good defensive shape of the team. To be able to score and keep a clean sheet is a bonus as well.
“We’re still looking at positives to build on and we’re going in the right direction, so whoever we’re playing, whether it’s Barkingside or another team, we’re looking forward to getting back out there again.
“The boys are itching to go and they’re gutted we haven’t got a midweek game. However we’ll use that period to recuperate, to train and get ready for the game as I’m sure it will be a bit of a battle royal.”
Fenn expects a tougher test than when the two sides last met in the Essex Senior Cup last month, adding: “They’re a work in progress really I would say, pretty much like us.
“I’d like to think we’re better than our current league position (ninth) suggests and hopefully over the coming weeks we’ll prove that as well.
“With regards to Barkingside we played them not too long ago and beat them 1-0 in the Essex Senior Cup. They didn’t cause us a lot of problems and we kept the ball pretty well.
“I’m expecting them to be much more of a threat as they rested a few of their players last time.
“We’re anticipating a really tough game and of course pride will come into this one.”
Ilford signed former Enfield Town captain and midfielder Bradley Brotherton and his younger brother Rio this week.
“Bradley is coming on the coaching staff and his younger brother Rio is a prolific scorer at Boreham Wood under-21s and we’ve brought him in as well, as we’re looking to improve all the time,” added Fenn.
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