Ilford boss Haywood craving consistency

PUBLISHED: 17:00 08 November 2013

Ilford manager Martin Haywood (Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Ilford manager Martin Haywood (Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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Ilford manager Martin Haywood is perplexed by his side’s inconsistent form as they lost 2-0 at home to high-flying Enfield 1893 in the Essex Senior League.

It came on the back of an impressive 3-0 victory at local rivals Barking the previous game and he is looking for his players to get back to winning ways when they travel to mid-table Southend Manor this weekend.

He said: “I thought it was a very even game against Enfield which could have gone either way. It certainly didn’t look like we were playing someone second in the table.

“The penalty they got in the first half looked a bit debatable and from there it was likely to be an uphill struggle. It showed there is nothing to be scared of in this league.”

Haywood partly blames the inconsistency on injuries and suspensions, meaning it is difficult to put the same team out two games in a row.

He revealed he was due to see four trialists on Tuesday night as he bids to strengthen the Foxes’ squad.

The manager said: “We lost captain Mark Graves and Luke McDonald from the team which beat Barking.

“I put in two players capable of playing in those positions but it didn’t work out. I was disappointed with the effort of a few of the players and I told them so at full-time.

“Saturday is a game we’re looking to get three points from. I never go into a game looking for anything other than a win but we need to be picking victories up against teams near us in the table.”

The defeat at Cricklefield Stadium leaves Ilford 11th in the Essex Senior League, two places and two points above Southend Manor.

Haywood admitted he would be happy to consolidate at this level as his young squad looks to adapt.

He said: “I think we’ll do better in the second half of the season when we’ve seen all the teams once and seen what we’re up against. Our squad has an average age of 18 or 19 so I think we’re doing brilliantly so far.

“I think we can finish in the top five if we can put a consistent team out - it’s a very even division.”

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