Ilford boss Fenn looking forward to West Essex clash
PUBLISHED: 14:00 17 January 2018
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Ilford will be keen to build on their latest victory as they host near rivals West Essex this evening.
The Foxes welcome the eighth-place outfit to Cricklefield Stadium (7.45pm) as they look to make it two wins in a row and claw some points back on their opponents.
Manager Allan Fenn is looking forward to a hard-fought match and expects it to be a tricky challenge.
“It’s going to be a really tough game as both teams will be going for it and looking to play some good football,” he said.
“We want to get back to winning way and we’re really looking forward to the challenge.”
Ilford will be boosted by the return of a handful of players including centre-back Jonah Gregory and striker Aaron Wickham who recently returned to the club after departing earlier this campaign.
“We’ve got three or four players coming back from injury and suspension,” Fenn said.
“Jonah Gregory, Jason Willis and Glody Nsamu are back.
“Aaron Wickham, who scored four goals in the first five games at the start of the season, is back and he will return to the bench so that’s a massive plus to us.
“Isaac Nkosi is back from suspension so with all them coming back it brings some real quality back to the line-up.”
They go into the match on the back of a 2-1 win away from home against Sporting Bengal United and Fenn admits they showed character in that match despite being out played.
“If I’m completely honest we didn’t deserve to win the game,” Fenn admitted.
“After the FC Romania game we had a bit of an upheaval as performances and results haven’t been right throughout the season.
“We decided to give it a real go and we’ve booked a training ground now to put in some extra work.
“We’ve got rid of some of the dead work around the club to freshen things up and I picked a team of players with the heart and desire to play for the club on Saturday.
“We lost a bit of quality and physicality in the squad but the heart shined through for us in the end.”
Fenn believes they fought hard but lacked a lot in areas but was pleased with the heart shown by his squad.
“We played well in the first-half to go 1-0 up and we had a couple chances to go two or three up after.
“Second-half we had some tired legs but they pushed through and got the result.
“Clarkey (Chris Clark) in goal was absolutely out of this world and it was his second man of the match display in two games.
“I’m proud of all the boys and I think we deserved it on heart and passion but on actual play they deserved to get something.”