Ilford have home tie in Essex Senior Cup
PUBLISHED: 19:00 22 July 2015
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Ilford find out their opponents for cup alongside Essex Senior League rivals Barking and Newham
The draw for the first and second round of the Essex Senior Cup was made this afternoon and Essex Senior League teams Barking, Ilford and Newham discovered their future opponents.
Blues boss Mick O’Shea will be preparing to visit league rivals Hullbridge Sports in the first round of the competition on or before September 5.
However Ilford and Newham don’t enter until the following round, which has to be played on or before October 3.
Allan Fenn’s Foxes will host either Saffron Walden Town or FC Clacton at Cricklefield Stadium.
Newham, meanwhile, entertain league rivals Basildon United and Barking, if they progress past Hullbridge, will welcome Southend Manor to Mayesbrook Park in the second round.
Ilford are the most successful team in the competition having triumphed 13 times, however their last victory was in the 1953-54 campaign.
Last season the Foxes were knocked out by Hullbridge in the first round so Fenn will be hoping his team can do a lot better this time around.
Barking defeated Southend Manor 4-1 in the second round before losing 3-0 on penalties to Conference South outfit Chelmsford City after holding the Clarets to a credible goalless draw at Mayesbrook Park.
Newham were beaten 2-0 by Halstead Town in the second round last year and like Ilford will want to improve on that showing.
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