Ilford boss Cove keen to use matches to plan for next season

PUBLISHED: 12:00 30 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 wants to use the rest of the season to evaluate players for next season.

The Foxes welcome strugglers Wadham Lodge to Cricklefield Stadium on Saturday (3pm) as they look to bounce back from three straight defeats.

They currently sit ninth in the Essex Senior League and Cove admits there is nothing left to play for except points.

“We only have points to play for now, so we will be taking the opportunity to look at more players and different formations,” Cove said.

“It’ll be great to get back to winning ways, and we’ll obviously be putting out a team that we think can win the game, but it’s more of an opportunity for us to experiment with the players we have.”

Cove is also under no illusions of the challenge they face with Lodge battling for survival in the league.

“Our last two games have been against teams at the lower end of the table and we have come off second best on both occasions.

“That’s one of the reasons why we wanted to freshen things up a bit, as a few players were getting a bit too complacent.

“I’m expecting a battle, just like the one at their place when they beat us.”

The Foxes will come up against two of their former players in Sherwin Stanley and Paul Oshin and the joint-manager had nothing but praise for the pair.

“They are two very good players and have had great careers. They are two players that we have great respect for, so yes, it’ll be great to pit our wits against them.”

The former Maidenhead United striker revealed he is confident in his squad and admits they must start facing up to the challenge of getting results.

“I trust every one of our current squad and I know losing hurts them as much as it does the management team.

“We are all judged on results, so people will be questioning whether we are up to the job or not.

“I can assure you, we are, and we will be doing everything within our powers to get things right at this football club.”

They also travel away to Hullbridge Sports on Tuesday evening.

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