Ilford excited to face ‘dangerous’ Clapton at Old Spotted Dog
PUBLISHED: 15:00 08 October 2015
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Foxes boss reflects on FA Vase success, the next round and facing the Tons
Ilford manager Allan Fenn is keen to get back to Essex Senior League action again after a week of cup matches took his full attention.
The Foxes beat Saffron Walden 3-2 last Wednesday to book their place in the third round of the Essex Senior Cup.
And they were victorious by the same scoreline in the FA Vase at Woodbridge Town on Saturday, before losing 4-1 to league rivals Bowers in the Gordon Brasted Memorial Trophy on Tuesday, after making various changes with key fixtures coming up.
Fenn said: “We have two very tough away games coming up and that influenced my team selection at Bowers.
“It’s tough having to play Bowers and Clapton in the space of three days and both were going to be tough games in their own right so I had a choice to make about what one to prioritise.
“I did that and I am focused on Clapton now. We’ll look to the Hullbridge fixture after Saturday.”
Ilford make the trip to the Old Spotted Dog this weekend and the clash also marks the annual Non-League Day event.
Clapton are offering several incentives for the match and Fenn is looking forward to the clash.
He added: “I will have six or seven people come back in for the game on Saturday after missing out on Tuesday at Bowers. It should be a good occasion.
“The Clapton manager has done very well this season. They have had a lot of outgoings and quite a few come in, but they seem a more cohesive side this year.
“Up front they have some firepower so they will be a dangerous team. It is a local derby, with their fantastic support and Non-League Day, so I’m looking forward to it.”
It has been a good week overall for Ilford with Ajibola Ashnike, Chris Lockwood and Karolis Atutis scoring at Woodbridge.
That earned the Foxes £800 in prize money and a home clash with AFC Kempston Rovers in the first round on October 31.
“The money is massive and that is two and a half grand we have pocketed from cup games this year for our chairman,” added Fenn. “Hopefully that isn’t all, because we face Kempston Rovers next.
“We actually would have prefered if we were away because we love an away day we do, we seem to play better on the road. We had a good trip on Saturday.
“Afterwards we had a few beers on the way back so we were hoping for another match on the road, but we are at home to AFC Kempston Rovers and I have played against them before.
“I think it was about 15 years ago. I am sure they have changed a little bit since then! They had had a good start to the season, unbeaten and fourth in the table.”
Fenn also helped out with the Essex Senior Cup draw live on BBC Essex yesterday (Wednesday) and picked out another home tie for his Ilford side in the third round of the competition, but against league leaders Bowers & Pitsea.
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