Ilford striker Adelani says Stanway are an unknown

PUBLISHED: 15:00 13 November 2018

Yemi Adelani of Ilford (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Yemi Adelani of Ilford (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Ilford striker Yemi Adelani says Stanway Rovers will be an unknown ahead of their mid-week clash.

The Foxes travel to the Hawthorns tomorrow evening (Wednesday, 7.45pm) as they return to Essex Senior League action after a weekend off.

Rovers recently changed management team with former Aveley boss Terry Spillane taking over the reigns.

Since his arrival they’ve drawn 1-1 with Woodford Town and progressed into the next round of the Gordon Brastead Memorial Trophy with a 3-1 victory against Redbridge.

But Adelani feels it’s a must-win for the Foxes as they are above their opponents in the league table.

“It’s an unknown but it’s a must-win game for us,” he said.

“It’s a team where we don’t know too much about them, but they probably don’t know too much about us either.

“We just have to have the mindset and go there to get three points so we can start climbing up the table as quickly as possible.”

The club’s top goal scorer admits the weekend off has refreshed the squad and they are now raring to get going again.

“The weekend away was just a good chance to refresh for all of the players and try to regroup ahead of the next game.”

Adelani also praised the new-look Ilford side’s start to the campaign after majority of the squad joined in the summer alongside manager Martin Haywood from Waltham Abbey Reserves.

“We just all came from the reserve league with Waltham Abbey and we’ve come into this league.

“It’s very tough, physical and teams are unpredictable, it’s a different style of play but with a manager like Martin Haywood he has just really installed it in us that we can battle every game.

“Win, lose or draw we try take the positives from every game.”

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