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Foxes boss rues missed opportunities

PUBLISHED: 16:56 19 April 2016 | UPDATED: 16:56 19 April 2016

Action from Ilford's clash with Basildon United in the Essex Senior League (pic: Pete Dudley).

Action from Ilford's clash with Basildon United in the Essex Senior League (pic: Pete Dudley).

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Ilford lost a five-goal thriller to title challenging Basildon United on Saturday

Ilford manager Allan Fenn was proud of his team at the weekend, but frustrated they again failed to take their chances.

The Foxes were beating Basildon United 2-1 at Cricklefields following goals from Glen Warwick and Ashley Skeggs.

But two late strikes from the Bees stung the hosts and boosted the visitors title prospects in the process.

Fenn admitted a crucial moment occurred when Ilford were leading and conceded it is why they aren’t challenging for first place in the division.

He said: “I felt for good periods it was nip and tuck between us, but Basildon did play well all over the park. It was a good contest and I was really proud to see how far we’ve come.

“The big moment was when Carl Mullings got through on goal when we were 2-1 up and he put it over the crossbar. If that goes in it’s 3-1 with around 20 minutes to go.

“It’s the same old story for us. We could have been out of sight and in a lot of the matches we have lost this season, we’ve had the chances to win those games.

“If we could score half of the opportunities we make, we could have been up there and challenging. It is an area we will be looking at in the summer.

“All over the park we are ok, we could tighten up a bit at the back so we have room for improvement, especially in terms of consistency, but we need to take the chances we are creating.”

The win for Basildon coupled with Bowers & Pitsea’s defeat to Sporting Bengal United last night (Monday) has thrown the title race wide open again.

Although the Bees are top right now, they only have two more fixtures to play and can finish on a maximum of 96 points with two victories.

Bowers have four more left and could get up to 96 as well if they win all of their games which would be enough as their superior goal difference would see them crowned champions.

Fenn believes it will go down to the wire, but was bold enough to predict who would be finish first in the division.

“I’m sure Bowers have the mental strength, character and players to get over their defeat to Sporting Bengal, but they can’t afford any more slip ups now,” added Foxes boss.

“Basildon will have to go Greenhouse again after it was abandoned last night, but they’ll hope to put in a similar performance to what they did before facing Barking on the final day.

“It will be tight and go down to the wire, but I fancy Bowers because of the games in hand and the size and quality of their squad.”


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