Ilford become lords at the Manor
PUBLISHED: 10:35 23 March 2015
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Essex Senior League: Southend Manor 1 Ilford 3
Ilford manager Allan Fenn was pleased his side came from a goal behind to beat 10-man Southend Manor 3-1.
The hosts had a man dismissed midway through the first half but took the lead against the run of play.
Fenn’s men were stunned into life but were able to eventually cruise past the depleted Manor which left Fenn delighted.
“I’m very happy with the result. We were dominant throughout the first half and should have been three or four up even by the time they had a red card,” said Fenn.
“We even missed a penalty from Karolis Atutis but we were a bit shocked when they took the lead even though they were a man light.
“I think it was the only shot on goal they had in the whole game. It gave us a bit of a kick up the bum that we perhaps needed.”
The pitch at the Arena Stadium was far from ideal as both sides had to contend with a bobbling ball throughout.
The Foxes were forced to change their style of play to adapt to conditions and Fenn was thrilled his side secured three points.
“We had to change our system because of the playing surface but we coped well. It also meant I was able to make a few late substitutions that created havoc,” added Fenn.
“The result was never in doubt, there was too much about us. Southend are a young, spirited side but we were able to match them.”
The Cricklefields outfit entered the contest by the coast after a gutting late to defeat against Haringey Borough in the Essex Senior League Cup.
The result in that fixture may not have been ideal but the Ilford chief feels that gave his side a boost heading into the Southend match.
“We were confident after the game in midweek. It was not the right result but we played so well so we took a lot from it.
“We’ve got some nice big games coming up and we’re now only three points off third. It might be unrealisitc with some teams having games in hand but we’re on a good run.”
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