Ilford not taking winless London Bari for granted

PUBLISHED: 12:30 15 November 2013

Ilford manager Martin Haywood. Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTOS

Ilford manager Martin Haywood. Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTOS

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Ilford will take nothing for granted when they take on rock-bottom London Bari tomorrow.

Bari have picked up just two points all season from their 14 Essex Senior League games but boss Martin Haywood warned his players they can not rest on their laurels when they face the Clapton-based outfit. He said: “It is the kind of game we should be winning comfortably but you never know in this league. Teams change a lot throughout the season.

“Bari have lost most of their games this season, so what are they going to do to reverse that? They’ll bring in players and players will leave.

“All we can do is prepare properly, get our tactics right and go out and do our job.”

The Foxes’ trip to Southend Manor on Saturday was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch - something the manager expects at this time of the year – and Haywood is concentrating on strengthening the squad this week.

He was due to assess two Ryman League trialists this week and has signed Alfie Hilton from league rivals Bowers & Pitsea.

Haywood said: “This is a great opportunity to get some points on the board as we work up to Christmas. “After this we’ve got some games against teams around us in the table so it’d be great to get some momentum going.”

Ilford’s season has been up and down so far, with inconsistency meaning they are entrenched in mid-table as the season nears its halfway mark.

They lost their last match, on November 2, 2-0 against high-flying Enfield 1893 at Cricklefield.

That defeat followed two straight league wins, including a 3-0 thrashing of local rivals Barking with goals from Eden Nelson, Luke McDonald and Michael Ogboin.

Haywood thinks that kind of performance should secure the three points at Cricklefield on Saturday.

He said: “If we perform how we know we can we should win.

“One of the dangers when you come up against teams near the bottom is that they can lower the level of your play, and we have to guard against that.

“They’ll win a game sometime so we’ll have to show passion, hard work and commitment to make sure it’s not against us.”

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