Ilford boss pleased with effort

PUBLISHED: 13:00 16 August 2013

Roger Chilvers

Roger Chilvers


Chairman Chilvers praises new squad

Ilford chairman Roger Chilvers is hoping the early signs are promising as they go in search of FA Cup success at Newmarket Town tomorrow (Saturday).

The Foxes started their Essex Senior League season with a 2-2 draw at Sawbridgeworth Town on Saturday, and were 2-0 up after goals from Steve Morton and Eden Nelson.

But Ilford saw two men sent off and Sawbridgeworth snatched a point.

Despite that disappointment, Chilvers was encouraged by the early signs from Martin Haywood’s side.

“We played quite well and deserved to be 2-0 up,” said Chilvers. “The boys battled hard after going down to nine men.

“Some of the play was good as well and for the first game I thought the team did brilliantly. The second goal was well taken by Eden, but the first was a rather fortunate one as it was a wayward cross which went in!

“But I am pleased with the effort and they showed some skill we haven’t seen for a while at Ilford.”

Haywood’s side took the lead against Basildon at Cricklefield on Wednesday and hit the post twice.

But they ended up losing 5-3 after a hectic second half produced seven goals and face a vitally important weekend, with £1,500 prizemoney available if they can beat Eastern Counties Premier Division Newmarket.

“If I’m being honest I wasn’t sure Martin would be the right man for the job, but he has knuckled down and his tremendous enthusiasm rubs off on all the young players,” he added.

“It’s early days, but the signs there were positive and hopefully we can have an enjoyable season.”

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