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Ilford boss Allan Fenn expects tough test against Enfield

PUBLISHED: 11:00 11 August 2017

Karolis Atutis of Ilford during Ilford vs Woodbridge Town  (Pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

Karolis Atutis of Ilford during Ilford vs Woodbridge Town (Pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

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Allan Fenn expects his Ilford side to face a strong Enfield outfit with a point to prove in the Essex Senior League on Saturday afternoon.

Allan Fenn manager of Ilford during Ilford vs Woodbridge Town  (Pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)Allan Fenn manager of Ilford during Ilford vs Woodbridge Town (Pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

The Foxes will travel away to face the north London club and the boss is hoping they can build on last weekend’s FA Cup victory against Woodbridge Town.

“It will be a tough test and we know they have a good team,” Fenn said.

“Saturday is another big test again, as I don’t want to go three steps forward and go five steps back again, like we did against Clapton (a 4-1 defeat). Some of their players will have a point to prove as well I think.”

The manager praised the opposition and opposite number Matt Hanning ahead of the encounter for their business during the summer.

“Enfield have done well with their summer signings, they’ve made some really big signings, a lot of our old players as well including Luke Thomas,” he added. “I respect Matty and what he has done at the club.”

Fenn also believes Enfield have been one of Ilford’s bogey teams over the past few seasons and is determined to change their fortunes this weekend, adding: “We’ve let ourselves down against them the last few years and we want to turn that round.”

Ilford should be boosted for the encounter as they’ve made two signings this week in striker Sherwin Stanley and centre-back Jonah Gregory.

“We have just signed prolific forward Sherwin Stanley, he always scores goals and we’ve got a big commanding cente-back in Jonah Gregory,” said Fenn.

The boss is hoping they can carry over their FA Cup success into the league action as he was delighted with how his side performed in their 1-0 victory against Woodbridge Town.

“I’m delighted with the clean sheet and how the boys played as they had a point to prove after Wednesday’s performances,” he said. “Not just for the fans, but for the club and the boys themselves, it was a thoroughly deserved win.”

Ilford will now face Thurlow Nunn Football League Premier Division outfit Haverhill Rovers in the preliminary round of the FA Cup on August 19 and Fenn said: “We’re never going to win the FA Cup, we just want to try win every game as it comes.

“It was more important for me to keep a clean sheet and get another win.”

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