Ilford boss calls for creative spark

PUBLISHED: 18:00 08 December 2011

Ilford boss Colin Walton feels his side's goalscoring problems stem from midfield

Ilford boss Colin Walton feels his side's goalscoring problems stem from midfield


Colin Walton wants a big improvement from his midfielders, as the Foxes lose twice more

Ilford boss Colin Walton feels his goal-shy side’s problems stem from a lack of creativity in midfield and, given the service, his strikers can fire the league’s bottom club up the table.

Following last night’s 5-0 thumping at home to promotion hopefuls Grays, only Ware have scored fewer goals than the Foxes this season – a meagre 15.

Walton’s side also failed to find the net on Saturday, going down 2-0 at Harlow Town and have now drawn a blank eight times in the league this season.

But the Ilford manager is confident his forward line can score goals at Ryman League level, providing his midfield spark into life.

“Our problems are of a creative nature,” said Walton. “We definitely need to score more goals and I’ve got to look at the middle of the park, where we’ve brought new players in and in terms of results we’re no better off than we were at the start of the season.

“You can only work so hard in training. We have the players twice a week, but you can’t make a player what he’s not.

“Our strikers are proven goalscorers at this level. If they are given the service they will score goals, but all the training in the world can’t make a player see a pass.

“We are guilty of taking too many touches on the ball and as a result we don’t keep it long enough and have a high turnover of possession.”

Ilford play struggling Soham Town Rangers on Saturday, then travel to mid-table Heybridge Swifts.

Walton will be without the services of defender AJ Olatunbosun, who is expected to complete his move to Ryman Premier League side Tooting & Mitcham United before the weekend.

But the Ilford boss is determined to see his side pick up points before Christmas.

“Looking ahead to the games with Soham and Heybridge we’ve got to pick up points,” Walton admitted.

“We are missing that extra 10 per cent and that’s the difference at the moment.”

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