Ilford manager Fenn aiming to end Takeley’s undefeated start to the new campaign
PUBLISHED: 17:00 06 October 2017
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Ilford manager Allan Fenn expects a tough game against undefeated Takeley this weekend.
The Foxes host the second-place Essex Senior League outfit on Non-League Day in the hope of making it three wins in a row at Cricklefield Stadium on Saturday (3pm kick-off).
“Takeley are up there on merit, they’re a very good side, they had a good season last year and they’ve continued it this season,” Fenn said.
“Takeley will be a tough test, but we’re looking to get the three points.”
Fenn praised Takeley and knows it will be a good test for his men after picking up wins against Enfield and Tower Hamlets.
“They’ve got some good players up there, Martin Das is a good manager and they try to play football in the right way,” said Fenn.
“It will be a strong game with both sides going for it. With a few boys coming back and the way the boys have played in the last two it’s encouraging, particularly the come back, so we’re looking forward to it.”
The boss believes his side haven’t fully got going yet this season and feels the last week could be the turning point.
“We’ve not even started getting going yet,” he added.
“We’re building, we’re beating good sides, and we’re getting stronger and I think we’ve won something like four in the last seven. There was three defeats in there, but we’re looking to go on a run now.
“Our confidence is high, it’s great to have players back like Paul Oshin, Karolis Atutis, Glody Nsamu and Jonah Gregory to give us great options.
“Hopefully we’ll have another couple of new players in by the end of the week.”
Ilford could make a few changes to the side that beat Tower Hamlets 3-2 on Monday, with Billy Rix and Khadean Campbell returning to the fold and a few possible new signings.
“I’ve got two or three players back available, Billy Rix is back,” added Fenn.
“Khadean Campbell will also be available this weekend, so we’ve got a couple more options and I’m looking at bringing a couple of boys in from Bromley on loan.
“It might be a different set-up, but I’m pleased with the contribution the boys gave against Tower Hamlets and they’ve done themselves no harm for Saturday.”
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