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Ilford boss thrilled after getting back to winning ways

PUBLISHED: 17:00 15 September 2015

Ilford manager Allan Fenn (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo).

Ilford manager Allan Fenn (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo).

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Cricklefield manager hails side and also praises Tower Hamlets style of play

Karolis Atutis is congratulated after scoring the first goal for Ilford during Monday night's clash against Tower Hamlets in the Essex Senior League at the Mile End Stadium (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo).Karolis Atutis is congratulated after scoring the first goal for Ilford during Monday night's clash against Tower Hamlets in the Essex Senior League at the Mile End Stadium (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo).

Ilford manager Allan Fenn was thrilled his players bounced back from their weekend disappointment to defeat Tower Hamlets in the Essex Senior League last night (Monday).

The Foxes lost 2-0 to Southend Manor on Saturday, missing various chances and a penalty during a forgettable afternoon.

But they responded by earning all three points at the Mile End Stadium yesterday thanks to goals from Karolis Atutis and Chris Lockwood.

Lockwood scored from the penalty spot late on after former Tower Hamlets manager Ajay Ashnike won Ilford the spot kick and the Cricklefield boss was delighted.

Fenn said: “After Saturday’s result and performance we were really disappointed. We had a chat about it and we put out a side against Tower Hamlets that was strong and compact. We went there and showed so much character, bravery and desire.

Ajibola Ashnike of Ilford and Aliu Ibrahim of Tower Hamlets battle for the ball during Monday night's Essex Senior League clash at the Mile End Stadium (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo).Ajibola Ashnike of Ilford and Aliu Ibrahim of Tower Hamlets battle for the ball during Monday night's Essex Senior League clash at the Mile End Stadium (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo).

“Last night boys really responded well and in my opinion we were the better side throughout.

“On Saturday we had a honest chat afterwards and tempers did get heated because we all want to do well for this football club, but we were good value for the win yesterday.

“We got a bit of luck with the penalty. By that I don’t mean it wasn’t a spot kick, because it was, but it was nice to get it late on and see it go in.”

Fenn was full of praise for Ilford’s opponents last night and believes a new brand of football is being produced in the league.

Tom Wilson (L) and Chris Stevens of Ilford tangle with Aliu Ibrahim of Tower Hamlets during Monday night's Essex Senior League clash at the Mile End Stadium (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo).Tom Wilson (L) and Chris Stevens of Ilford tangle with Aliu Ibrahim of Tower Hamlets during Monday night's Essex Senior League clash at the Mile End Stadium (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo).

He hailed the ability of Hamlets and other sides in the division following a close encounter at the Mile End Stadium yesterday evening.

But ultimately, the Foxes’ manager was just relieved to pick up three more points which places them fourth in the table.

“The win yesterday does make up for Saturday a little bit,” added Fenn.

“Tower Hamlets are a young side with a lot of promise. They are obviously playing for their manager and they are trying to move the ball around well.

“That is something that has really impressed me in the time I have had back in the Essex Senior League. There are sides now that are trying to play more at this level like Tower Hamlets, and Sporting Bengal are another - it is great to see.

“Normally you just get big, physical sides, but so many teams are moving away from that now and trying to pass the football.

“I would say we are a mixture of both and you have others like Barking and Bowers & Pitsea who are strong and physical, but can also play football as well. But I think a team like Tower Hamlets really are a credit to the Essex Senior League.”


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