Ilford manager Cove praises Takeley ahead of their clash
PUBLISHED: 10:00 09 March 2018
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Ilford joint-manager Billy Cove had plenty of praise for Takeley ahead of their clash this weekend, but admits he would love a repeat of the last time the two clubs met when they nicked a 2-0 victory, writes Jacob Ranson.
The Foxes travel to Station Road on Saturday (3pm) as they aim to kick-start a strong run to end their league campaign and finish as high as they can.
Cove and Allan Fenn’s men currently sit eighth in the Essex Senior League, level on points with seventh-placed outfit Tower Hamlets.
“We’re expecting a tough game obviously, as they are one of the best teams in the league,” Cove said.
“We beat them at our place earlier in the season, so a repeat of that result would be perfect for us.”
The boss revealed he feels Takeley are still well in the title race, despite being fifth.
“They have five games in hand on the top team, they win them all, and they’ll go top – so yes, I still see them as title contenders,” he added.
“They will be out to win all their remaining games starting on Saturday, so we’ll hopefully put a dent in their plans.”
Former Maidenhead United striker Cove praised their opponent’s squad, but believes his men are up for the challenge.
“They’re a big, strong side and they know where the goal is, that’s for sure,” he said.
“We like playing the top teams, though, as it’s the best way to judge yourself as a player and a manager.
“Our players have proven that they can compete against the best in this league already, so it will be another good test for us.”
Cove also revealed the management staff are pleased with their current squad.
“I don’t think we will be making any more signings this season, the group that we have are really starting to gel now, so I think it’s important to let that flourish,” he said.
“It is certainly showing in their recent performances, and it’s been nice watching them enjoy their football.
“‘Fenny’ and I just pick the team and motivate them, that’s the easy part.
“Beating the team that’s in front of you is down to the players’ hard work, dedication and commitment to Ilford Football Club.”
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