Head hopes Ilford bounce back from Vase exit

PUBLISHED: 15:00 25 October 2013

Ilford's Marc Graves. Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO

Ilford's Marc Graves. Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO

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Ilford assistant manager Kevin Head admitted he was hugely disappointed to see his side exit the FA Vase on Saturday as Tring Athletic pulled off a shock victory at Cricklefield.

Tring had already beaten two Essex Senior League teams in the previous rounds but Head felt his side dominated the game and was frustrated that Marc Graves and Eden Nelson’s goals only contributed towards the 3-2 defeat.

The Ilford assistant said: “We were very disappointed. No disrespect to them, but they weren’t what we expected.

“They weren’t that organised and we were very disappointed to go out on Saturday.


“We conceded two sloppy goals in the first half, then we get one back but conceded another straight afterwards. It was one of those days where things didn’t go for us.”

Unfortunately for Ilford they have been forced to chop and change their team regularly due to injuries, suspensions and players being unavailable.

But for the first time in a while Head hopes to put out the same side for their league clash at Barking.He said: “That is the big one for us, it is a massive game. It will be tough and won’t be the nicest pitch, especially with the rain.

“But hopefully we can put out the same team, we need continuity in our squad.It will help our back four and goalkeeper.”

But whatever the result at the weekend, Head and boss Martin Haywood are in it for the long haul.

“We all said when we first took over that it was a long process. We are not going to be winning every week but the football is getting better,” added Head.

“We can’t expect anything special from us this season. In the second year it would be nice, but the third year is the one where questions will be asked.”

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