Heart complaint forces Ilford assistant off the touchline

PUBLISHED: 06:30 29 November 2013

Ilford assistant Kevin Head. Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO

Ilford assistant Kevin Head. Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO

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Ilford will have to do without assistant boss Kevin Head for the foreseeable future as he deals with a heart complaint.

Martin Haywood’s right-hand man has been advised to take some time away from football while he sorts out the condition.

Head, a popular figure on the touchline, says he is always thinking about the players and will constantly be following their results on Twitter.

He added: “I’m really going to miss it but I hope to back as soon as possible.

“It was a tough decision to make because I love being out there with the boys but it’s for the best at the moment.


“I get animated on the touchline so I probably need to stop doing that as much when I come back.”

Head was not present to see Ilford draw 1-1 away at Sporting Bengal United in the Essex Senior League.

Haywood might see it as two points dropped after taking the lead, but it is a vast improvement on their last trip to Mile End Stadium.

Two weeks ago the Blues lost 5-2 at Sporting Bengal in a League Challenge Cup tie but were much more solid defensively in a goalless opening half.

Ilford were without Alfie Hilton, who was unavailable after an explosive debut performance in the 2-0 win over London Bari.

But it didn’t look like he would be needed when they took the lead early in the second half through Besmir Hoxhaj.

Aaron Hutchings’ equaliser 25 minutes from time denied Ilford the three points but they stay in the top half of the table.

Next up is a clash against Haringey Borough at Cricklefield Stadium.

Borough are only a point and a place above the Blues in the league table but they do have five games in hand.

They are also on a run of five straight victories in the Essex Senior League, but Haywood will be hopeful his players can make it back-to-back home wins.

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