Ilford boss Cove expects tough match against Hullbridge Sports

PUBLISHED: 10:16 01 March 2018

Ilford assistant manager Billy Cove (front) with manager Allan Fenn (Pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

Ilford assistant manager Billy Cove (front) with manager Allan Fenn (Pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

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Ilford joint-boss Billy Cove is expecting a tough match against strugglers Hullbridge Sports this weekend, writes Jacob Ranson.

The Foxes are set to make the trip to Lower Road on Saturday (3pm) as they look to pick up back-to-back wins but their fixture could be in doubt due to the snowy weather conditions this week.

Cove’s men currently sit seventh in the Essex Senior League and will be keen to remain in the position but the manager is under no illusions of the task they face against Darren Manning’s men.

“Weather permitting, we are expecting another tough game,” said Cove.

“Darren has really taken them forward since he took over a few months ago, and we admire the way he plays the game.”

Former Maidenhead United striker Cove revealed they know plenty about the Sports squad and believes opposite number Manning has made some great additions since he joined the club.

“We’re aware of a lot of their squad, Darren has acquired some very decent players, and a few of them were on our books at the start of the season,” he said.

“We know all about Harry Watkins, as he is a friend of the club and was with us at the start of the season.

“On his day, he has the potential to be the best player in this league, so we’ll keep a close eye on him if he’s selected of course.”

Ilford go into the match on the back a 3-0 victory at Southend Manor and Cove admits they need another big performance.

“Wins breed confidence, so we are really hoping this game beats the weather, so we can keep up the momentum of the last two games, and hopefully claim another three points.”

Cove is hoping to be able to field a strong side in the match but revealed he is expecting to make a few changes.

“We have a couple of suspensions, but no injuries thankfully,” he added, while also revealing they are aiming to push up the table but must at least remain in seventh – despite Tower Hamlets and West Essex being on their tails.

“We would love to finish higher, but the teams above us have quite a few games in hand on us, so it will be a tough ask,” he said.

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