Ilford boss Cove keen for his side to bounce back against struggling Wadham Lodge

PUBLISHED: 14:00 13 April 2018

Ilford's Brad Gayer pings a ball forward against Hackney Wick (Pic: Tim Edwards)

Ilford's Brad Gayer pings a ball forward against Hackney Wick (Pic: Tim Edwards)


Ilford joint-boss Billy Cove wants his side to look at themselves in the mirror as they look to bounce back from five straight defeats against Wadham Lodge.

Ilford in action against Hackney Wick (Pic: Tim Edwards)Ilford in action against Hackney Wick (Pic: Tim Edwards)

The Foxes will welcome strugglers Lodge to Cricklefield Stadium next Wednesday (7.45pm) as they look to try and finish their season on a high.

Cove and Allan Fenn’s men have struggled in recent weeks and they believe it sums up their disappointing season.

“We all need to have a long hard look at ourselves, from the management down we have been nowhere good enough this season, and these results are proof of that,” said Cove.

“We will just take each game as it comes now and try to win as many of them as possible.

“We have nothing to lose, so we just want the boys to start enjoying it again.”

The former Maidenhead United striker is under no illusions of the task they face as Lodge are desperately battling to remain in the Essex Senior League.

“They’re a decent side, so it will be a tough game no matter where they are in the table.”

Ilford will come up against two of their former players in Paul Oshin and Sherwin Stanley, who played under Cove and Fenn earlier this campaign, before opting to move to pastures new.

Striker Stanley moved on to become assistant/player manager of the club and he brought Oshin to the club after being given the role.

Cove revealed he is not looking forward to coming up against the pair and praised their football careers.

“Not really,” he joked. “They are two very good players and have both had good non-league careers, so we will treat them with the respect they have earned and deserve.”

The Foxes go into Wednesday’s match on the back of a 2-1 defeat to basement club Hackney Wick and it will have been 10 days since their last match.

Cove believes the squad is struggling of late due to lacking in various areas.

“It’s the lack of training, lack of fitness, lack of goals and not defending well enough. It’s a brand-new squad, so we knew it would take time for them to gel.”

*Today marks the 60th anniversary of Ilford’s Amateur Cup final clash with Woking at Wembley on April 12, 1958.

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