Ilford boss Cove keen to get one back on Sawbridgeworth after league cup heartbreak

PUBLISHED: 15:00 16 February 2018

Ilford's Isaac Nkosi of Ilford holds off Tower Hamlets Elias Tackie (Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Ilford's Isaac Nkosi of Ilford holds off Tower Hamlets Elias Tackie (Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Ilford joint-manager Billy Cove wants to get one over Sawbridgeworth Town for knocking them out of the Errington League Challenge Cup earlier this season.

Alan Zuqolli of Ilford (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)Alan Zuqolli of Ilford (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

The Foxes travel to Crofters End Stadium on Saturday (3pm) after having week off and will be eager to win to end their two game winless run.

Cove and Allan Fenn’s men currently sit seventh in the table and will be looking to start clawing some points back on the top six in the Essex Senior League.

“Yes, we want to get them back, its 1-1 at the moment as we beat them in the home fixture earlier in the season.

“They’ve had a very mixed season, a bit like ours really.

“They beat Basildon quite convincingly, but then lost the next two fixtures to FC Romania and Enfield, so like us, they seem to lack a bit of consistency and you’re never quite sure which team is going to turn up, on the day.”

Cove admits it feels like it’s been a long time since their last fixture when they drew 1-1 with Tower Hamlets at Cricklefield Stadium on Saturday, February 3.

Hamlets got off the mark first thanks to Wale Odedoyin and took a 1-0 lead into the half-time break before Tony Cookey equalised in the second-half to earn the Foxes a point.

“It seems like ages since we last played, so we will all get together this week and have a good training session to get rid of the cobwebs, and then we have quite a busy schedule for the the month.

“A few boys needed the rest, so I am hoping that they come back fitter than ever when we return to action.

The former Maidenhead United forward revealed they have a fully fit squad to choose from, which should give them a big boost.

And Cove also admitted they want a strong finish to the campaign but knows they will face a tough task as West Essex and Tower Hamlets are on their tails for seventh place.

“Its getting pretty competitive now around us, so we just need to keep plugging away and pick up as many points as we can until the end of the season,” he said.

“Hopefully we will finish the season stronger than we started it.”

Ilford are also set to host Great Wakering Rovers at Cricklefield Stadium on Wednesday.

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