Ilford assistant Billy Cove confident ahead of FA Cup clash against Haverhill

PUBLISHED: 15:00 22 August 2017

Ilford manager Allan Fenn with assistant Billy Cove (behind) in the dug out (Pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

Ilford manager Allan Fenn with assistant Billy Cove (behind) in the dug out (Pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

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Ilford assistant manager Billy Cove believes it’s a massive match against Haverhill Borough in their FA Cup Preliminary round replay.

The Foxes travel away to the Eastern Counties League Division One outfit in their bid to land £2,000 and progress into the next round this evening (7.45pm kick-off).

“We go into it full of confidence,” Cove said.

“We have seen what they’re about and I think we’re the stronger side.

“I mean I can’t even remember any of their players, which speaks volumes too me.”

The assistant also believes the match is massive for the club and could push them forward if they progress through to the next round of the prestigious cup competition.

“It’s massively important for the club, I’ve told the players it’s our biggest game as a group and for some of them it’s the biggest game in their career.

“If we win tonight it gives us a chance to create some history and also financially it’s massive as the funds coming in will really help us.

Cove admits they will most likely have to make changes to the line-up ahead of tonight’s replay due to players missing through holidays and work commitments.

“There will be a few forced changes to the squad,” he said.

“A few due to holidays and work commitments.

“We might change the shape out it as well, as I’ve heard they have a bit of a game plan, so we want to try upset that.”

Ilford drew 1-1 with Haverhill Borough on Saturday and Cove admitted he was disappointed to not win the encounter.

“It was a bit disappointing that we didn’t get the game done,” he said.

“There was a lack of discipline from our captain and he should be setting an example.”

The assistant also revealed he’s enjoying life at Ilford, since joining the club late in the summer.

“Working alongside Allan is one of the main reasons I got back involved,” Cove admitted.

“He lives and breathes Ilford football club, he has got blue and white running through his veins, although he might not admit it being an Arsenal fan.

“If we can cascade that down to the players it should do us extremely well.”

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