Ilford manager Cove wants to gain some bragging rights over his local club Southend

PUBLISHED: 12:00 23 February 2018

Ilford joint managers Allan Fenn and Billy Cove (Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Ilford joint managers Allan Fenn and Billy Cove (Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Ilford joint-boss Billy Cove wants to get the bragging rights over his local team Southend Manor this weekend.

The Foxes make the trip to Southchurch Park on Saturday (3pm) and are hoping to start pushing on after an up-and-down campaign so far.

The two sides had to settle for a share of the spoils when they met at Cricklefield Stadium earlier in the season as they drew 0-0 on October, 18.

“These are the games we need to win,” Cove said.

“We have not dominated a game for a while now, so it’ll be nice to go into Saturday’s game full of confidence if we can get something from the Great Wakering game.

“They are my local team too, so it’ll be nice to have the bragging rights.”

Their mid-table opponents have been similar to the Foxes and have had mixed results throughout the season.

But Adam Peek’s men have started to find their feet in recent weeks picking up seven points in their last four matches and are slowly climbing up the league table.

“So many teams in this league have had an up and down season, including us,” he said.

“This league is more about desire than technical ability.

“Whoever turns up wanting it the most on the day is usually the team that claims the three points.”

The former Maidenhead United striker also praised Manor’s squad and their work rate and believes they must be disciplined to come away with the points.

“They’re usually a young squad that give their all for the club, and don’t know when they are beat, so we will need to be disciplined for the whole 90 minutes if we want to get the win.”

Ilford were due to host high-flying Great Wakering Rovers at Cricklefield Stadium last night and will have been hoping to go against the odds.

“We have a huge game on Wednesday first, so we’ll see how the players perform in that one before I show my hand for Saturday.”

The Foxes will also be boosted by the fact they have a fully fit squad available for selection ahead of the match providing no one got hurt in last night’s match.

“We have a full squad to choose from which is a bit of a luxury we’ve had a lot lately.”

The club is also fundraising to improve their pitch.

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