Foxes manager Fenn faces a selection headache ahead of FA Vase clash with Cornard
PUBLISHED: 12:00 08 September 2017
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Ilford boss Allan Fenn faces a selection headache ahead of his side’s FA Vase clash against Cornard United this weekend.
The Foxes host the Eastern Counties League Division One outfit on Saturday at Cricklefield Stadium and Fenn knows he has some tough choices to make.
“I’ve got a real selection headache,” he admitted.
“We’ve just signed another player, Billy Rix, who was at Barking last season and helped them win the league.
“He will be in the squad on Saturday, that’s for sure, as he a big addition for us.”
The manager believes he has a strong squad now and there are still players coming out for training sessions and catching his eye.
“We had four new players show up to training this week and we will have a look at them as they were all good players,” he said.
“The problem is we can only fit so many into the squad.
“If they’re better than what I’ve got we will have a think, but it’s not all about talent for me, it’s about attitude and work rate as well.
“At the moment we have such a strong squad that we don’t really need to replace anyone.”
One player who will be missing from the line-up is the in-form Chris Lockwood, who will be replaced as skipper by Isaac Nkosi for the clash.
“It’s an important game and we will be putting out a strong side,” Fenn said.
“Chris will be missing, but Isaac is going to go into the team after impressing from the bench in the last two matches and will be skipper.”
Fenn knows Cornard will be tough opponents but is confident if they concentrate on themselves they will come up trumps.
“Any team from the Eastern Counties league is a decent proposition,” he added.
“They’ve had a difficult start to the season, but have started to sort it out.
“We’re at home and we’re looking stronger every week, so we’re confident of getting a win.”
The manager also revealed Ilford are dreaming big, although they will be taking it game by game in the cup competition.
“Everyone has a dream and that dream is to end up at Wembley,” he added.
“If the boys work hard and play disciplined you never know, that could be enough to take us there.
“We’ve just got to take it one game at a time.”
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