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Ilford boss Walton calls for winter break

PUBLISHED: 11:53 02 December 2010

Colin Walton.

Colin Walton.

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Manager Walton wants league to ease potential fixture congestion

FOLLOWING the postponement of Ilford’s game with Thamesmead Town last Saturday and this weekend’s trip to Cheshunt in doubt, manager Colin Walton has called on the league to consider introducing a winter break.

With only four Ryman League First Division North games surviving the big freeze last weekend and more postponements likely for this Saturday, clubs are facing the prospect of a fixture pile up come the end of the season.

Fourth-placed Needham Market have six games in hand on leaders Wingate & Finchley, a statistic unlikely to improve as the snow continues to fall and Walton feels that while some club chairmen may think otherwise, the league should consider the prospect of a scheduled break.

“The problem we have had is that there were so many games at the start of the season with the FA Cup and the FA Trophy and then we were going down to one game a week,” he said. “I think a winter break would be a good idea. I think it’s definitely something the league could look at, especially in December.

“It may not please some of the clubs, as it will mean a reduction in revenue for a few weeks, but if we’re not playing games because of the weather then there’s no revenue anyway.”

After a run of nine consecutive defeats, Ilford turned things round with a 3-0 win at Leyton, only for their hard work to be undone four days later with a 3-0 home defeat to Ware.

Since then the Ilford boss has gone about reshaping his squad with two signings and two departures at Cricklefield, in a bid to claw his side out of the relegation scrap. “In the last week Harry Sintim and Chuck Duru have moved on,” said Walton.

“The decision over Harry was mutual, he seemed to have lost his motivation to play for us, so we agreed to part ways. Chuck has joined Leyton. He did well at the start of the season but after the Waltham Abbey game (6-2 defeat) we had a stern team meeting where we looked at each players’ value to the team and Chuck hasn’t been scoring lately, so it seemed right to let him move on.

“We’ve brought a few new faces in. Brandon Martin and Bobby Porter have joined. Bobby’s a central midfielder we’ve signed from Tilbury and with Harry Sintim leaving we needed a bit more depth in that department.

“Junior Appiah is back after a three-month suspension, so he feels like a new signing and Fehinti Falola has come up from the youth team where he’s been prolific, so the squad’s looking good.”


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