Foxes sting the Bees

PUBLISHED: 10:00 03 February 2016 | UPDATED: 10:00 03 February 2016

Allan Fenn, manager of Ilford (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

Allan Fenn, manager of Ilford (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

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Essex Senior League: Basildon United 0 Ilford 3

Ilford inflicted Basildon United’s first defeat at Gardiners Close since November in the Essex Senior League last night (Tuesday).

Allan Fenn’s men registered a fantastic 3-0 triumph with Karolis Atutis, Wale Odedoyin and Luke Thomas on target.

Foxes entered the match with the Bees following a goalless draw with local rivals Clapton on Saturday.

After some cagey opening exchanges, it was the visitors that went ahead with 21 minutes on the clock.

Ilford delivered a dangerous free kick into the box and the ball fell perfectly for Atutis to fire in the opener.

The Foxes were dominating proceedings now, but away custodian Chris Clark was forced to make a stunning double save to keep them ahead just past the half an hour mark.

And nine minutes before the interval they doubled their advantage when Odedoyin burst into the box and found the net to make it 2-0.

It remained like that until half time but Basildon began the second period brilliantly with Sipho Mtyanda going close.

But the Foxes sealed the points when Thomas beat Russell Harley at his near post in the 53rd minute and that was how it finished.

The result moves Ilford up to fifth in the table and they trail league leaders FC Romania by 14 points.

Fenn’s men have two games in hand on the pace setters, though, and visit them this weekend at Theobalds Lane.

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