Ilford manager Allan Fenn pleased with Woodford Town victory

PUBLISHED: 12:00 01 August 2017 | UPDATED: 12:13 01 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 is pleased his side began their campaign with a comfortable 5-0 victory at newcomers Woodford Town on Saturday.

The Foxes cruised to victory over Woodford, who finished the game with nine men, thanks to goals from Khadean Campbell, Josh Coulson, Jamie Hart and a brace from James Peagram late on.

The boss admitted after the hectic pre-season the club have had it was great for his side to go out and prove a point in their Essex Senior League opening day fixture.

“I wanted them to go prove a point on Saturday because everyone was laughing at us on social media and what a way to prove everyone wrong.

“It could have been double that as we missed some good chances as well.”

After struggling throughout their pre-season campaign Fenn was worried going into the league fixtures, but admits the players proved him wrong this weekend.

“What changed my mind is the players although it has been a terrible pre-season, they went out and done the job,” he admitted.

“I’m really pleased with the fitness of the players.

“We looked strong and we got stronger as the game went on.”

The manager also praised the efforts of his new signings and their displays in the victory.

“It was good for Khadean and James to get off the mark right away,” Fenn admitted.

“Obviously being forwards they will be judged on goals but it wasn’t just about the goals.

“They were positive on the ball, they turned bad balls into good balls.

“Ashley Wackers was fantastic for us, he won his battles and was very strong.

“Stefan the new club captain was fantastic as well and didn’t lose a battle.”

Ilford: Chris Clark, Ashley Wackers, Justas Paliulis, Stefan Szaiewski (c), Karolis Atutis (Isaiah Anjorin), Jamie Hart ( Edas Valionis), Chris Lockwood, Charlie Perendes (Josh Coulson), Harry Watkins, James Peagram, Khadean Campbell.

Unused subs: Hugo Rossetti and Matt Thoma.

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