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Ilford boss Billy Cove praises Basildon United

PUBLISHED: 14:30 31 January 2018

Ilford joint-managers Billy Cove and Allan Fenn (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

Ilford joint-managers Billy Cove and Allan Fenn (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

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Ilford joint-manager Billy Cove had plenty of praise for their opponents Basildon United ahead of their clash this evening.

The Foxes will welcome the Bees to Cricklefield Stadium (7.45pm) as they look to cause an upset and get on a winning run.

Cove’s men currently sit seventh in the table and are hoping to start pushing on to chase down the Essex Senior League’s top six clubs.

“I’m expecting a very tough game,” Cove said.

“We know them well now having played against them twice already this season.

“We will be hoping its third time lucky for us, and we secure the three points.”

The manager praised the high-flying outfit but still believes his side can get a result if they play to their highest standards.

“They have a very strong squad, and I have been very complementary about the way they go about their business, but if our players play to the best of their ability, I am sure that we can cause a little upset here.

“Obviously going forward they are very strong, and they have just made two great signings to play alongside Marcus Bowers, so our defenders will have to be at the very top of their game, but they are also very strong in midfield and defence, so we’ll need to be on it from the kick off.”

The Foxes will be coming up against former talisman James Peagram who was the club’s top goal scorer until he left the club to join the Bees earlier this month.

“We know James very well, and we know his strengths and weaknesses, but we will need to focus on the whole Basildon side, because they are dangerous all over the park.”

Although he had plenty of praise for the Bees, Cove is still unsure whether they’ll be one of the two sides to gain promotion to the Bostik North.

“It’s a tough one to call, as the top five is so tight at the moment,” he said.

“They are all very strong teams and I can’t honestly pick two from the five.”

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