Ilford boss Haywood pleased with start to new campaign after returning to the club
PUBLISHED: 14:00 26 October 2018
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Ilford travel away to in-form Hullbridge Sports this weekend after what manager Martin Haywood has described as a strong start to the season.
Boss Haywood returned to the club to replace Allan Fenn and Billy Cove who departed the Foxes in the summer after a few years away.
And the former Waltham Abbey Reserve is pleased with his squad’s start to the Essex Senior League campaign.
“Not many people knew too much about us, they thought it’s just a reserve team from a reserve league, winning it quite comfortably coming up,” Haywood said.
“But as I say, Hugo Rosetti has played half a season in the Bostik, Steve Sylvester and Danny Haigh at the back have played Bostik, Callum Maltese has played at that level so we have quite a few players out there with experience.
“They’re only young, Steve is 26, Dan and Callum are only 21 so I’ve got players that have been around a little bit and I’m more than happy with the season so far.”
He believes his side’s 3-0 defeat to Stansted on the opening day of the season taught them a lesson and he feels they’ve learnt from it very quickly.
“We didn’t start off so well against Stansted, we were like rabbits in the headlights, and we needed to learn pretty quick and we then got a victory against Clapton.
“We did all right, but I am a bit upset about the cup games as we’ve thrown them away after being on top in all of them.
“We really should have done better in the cups as I wanted to do something in them.
“The league is important, I want to keep getting three points and challenge all the teams at the top, if we can.”
Haywood also praised 19-year-old goalkeeper Hugo Rosetti for his impressive start to the season.
“Hugo is a quality keeper, he’s only a young lad, he played half a season in the Bostik last year with me at Waltham Abbey.
“He made it into the first-team and stayed there.
“He’s still learning, but he’s learning very quickly, and he’s always been a very good shot-stopper.
“I’m more than happy with him as he’s doing well at the moment.”
The Foxes were due to face local rivals Redbridge in the Gordon Brastead Memorial Trophy last night.
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