Ilford boss admits he wouldn’t argue if he was given the boot
PUBLISHED: 15:51 16 December 2010 | UPDATED: 17:18 16 December 2010
THE PRESSURE on Ilford manager Colin Walton intensified this week after his side succumbed to back-to-back defeats at Brentwood Town and Harlow Town.
The Foxes have now lost 11 of their last 12 matches, with a 3-0 win at Leyton the only result to buck the trend.
Walton is adament his side have what it takes to turn things round, but concedes he may be running out of time to save the club’s season.
“I have to be realistic about the position we are in,” he said.
“I came in last season and the remit was to stay in the division which we achieved. I promised better this season, but I haven’t delivered that.
“I couldn’t have any complaints if the chairman considered my position, but there’s been no conversation between us about it.”
After two-and-a-half weeks without a match, Ilford returned to action with a trip to Brentwood Town on Saturday, but despite a spirited display the home side struck late to seal a 2-1 win.
The Blues took the lead after 33 minutes when Nick Muir evaded challenges from Derek Hawtin and Anton Trice, before crossing for Ellis Remy to fire home.
On 57 minutes the visitors were level when debutant Junior Adeoye saw his effort come back off the post, but Sam Adejokun made no mistake from the rebound.
As the Foxes battled to hold on for a much-needed point, Steve Butterworth struck for Brentwood on 79 minutes to snatch the win and lift the Blues to eighth.
On Tuesday night, Walton’s men made the trip to Barrows Farm to take on mid-table Harlow Town, but a brace from Clark Akers was enough to earn the home side maximum points in a 2-0 win.
Akers finished off a flowing team move to put his side in front on 14 minutes and sealed the win on 70 minutes, heading Joe Stevens cross beyond Foxes keeper Rob Budd to end a run of five successive defeats for the Hawks.
Walton was encouraged by his side’s display at Brentwood, but after being second best for long spells at Harlow admitted it was time to ring the changes.
“It was nice to hear their fans (Brentwood) and their manager give us a bit of praise and maybe a draw would have been a fairer result, but we need points not performances, the table doesn’t lie,” said Walton.
“I’ve no complaints about the Harlow game we didn’t really trouble them at all.
“The table doesn’t look much different to how it was last season, it’s the same teams down there again.
“There is a bit of a gap that’s opened up above the bottom five teams and it’s going to go down to which of us can come out with points against each other.”
Walton’s side have slipped to 20th in the Ryman One North table and with the league’s top scorers Needham Market the visitors to Cricklefield on Saturday.
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