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Ilford manager Allan Fenn expects tough match against Clapton

PUBLISHED: 12:00 02 August 2017

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

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

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Ilford manager Allan Fenn wants his side to back-up their last result against local rivals Clapton this evening.

The Foxes play host to the Tons in their second Essex Senior League fixture of the season and Fenn knows it will be a tough test.

“We know this game is big not because it’s Clapton, but because we need to back Saturday up,” he admitted.

“If we do play like that I’m sure we will come up trumps.”

The manager had plenty of praise for Clapton and their management team ahead of the 7.45pm kick-off.

“We’re a confident camp at the moment, but we can’t be over confident and we know that,” Fenn said.

“They’re a good side and Jon has done a fantastic job there in his first season to get them second spot, especially with all the off the pitch problems.

“Clapton are a top side, but they have lost a lot of players like us in the summer.”

Ilford are coming off the back of a 5-0 victory against Woodford Town, while Clapton lost their opening fixture 2-0 away to Basildon United and Fenn believes they can’t look into that too much.

“If I was Jon or Andre in the dressing room I would know that they lost to one of the top sides in the league in Basildon.

“I think Basildon will be in the top five this season.”

Ilford have made a new signing and are also looking at a handful of other players who could be brought into the side in time for the match.

“We have made a new signing in Paul Oshin he was Barking’s manager’s player of the year last season.

“He’s a 33-yeard-old midfield, very strong and he will be going straight into the squad for the match.

“I have got three or fours players I’m looking at who could even play Wednesday.”

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