Ilford manager Allan Fenn expects tough start

PUBLISHED: 12:00 27 July 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 admits it’s an ‘unknown quantity’ to open their Essex Senior League campaign against a re-formed Woodford Town.

The Foxes travel away to Woodford Town this Saturday on the opening day of the new season, before hosting rivals Clapton FC on August 1, to kick-start their home and away fixtures.

Fenn is expecting two tough encounters to start the season, but he admits he can’t wait to get started, while also praising the opposition’s management teams.

“It’s a bit of a unknown quantity as they have restarted this year,” he said.

“I know they have the manager and coach they used to have, so I imagine they’ll be a good side.

“Tony is a good manager and it’s just up to us to make sure we’re on our game.”

“Clapton will be a good side they are well supported and they have a good management team in Jonny (Fowell) and Andre (Thomas).

“They’ll be a tough test and they’ll be up near the top again this season.

“The whole club is looking forward to that one that’s a derby match that is getting more intense.

“There is a good history between the two clubs.

“Recent times there have been some disturbing events, so hopefully we can start a fresh with this one.”

There has been plenty of change at Ilford over the summer, with the team almost not being allowed to take place in the league, as well as player departures and arrivals due to an uncertain future.

The boss admits his side’s pre-season has been ‘terrible’ but he now wants to focus on getting a few more players in the door and starting the season strong.

“It’s the worst pre-season I have ever had, it’s just been complete upheaval.

“We played Romford and Felixstowe and for 45 to 60 minutes we held them well, then we made the evitable changes we have to at this stage in the season and it just collapsed, so that shows me we don’t have depth.

“If I can keep everyone injury free we have a good side and can get off to a good start, but I know I need to add.

“We just have to give it all guns on Saturday and I can’t wait.”

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