Ilford pay the penalty but Walton remains positive

PUBLISHED: 12:53 15 December 2011

Colin Walton

Colin Walton


Ilford boss Colin Walton blamed “three minutes of craziness” for his side dropping points in the 2-2 home draw with Soham Town Rangers.

The Foxes were leading through Martin Bromwich’s ninth-minute own-goal, but shot themselves in the foot by conceding two quick-fire penalties – both converted by Dan Cotton – in the second half.

Top scorer Stephen Opoka rescued a draw for Ilford, who remain bottom of the Ryman Division One North table, but their manager was once again left disappointed with the outcome.

Walton said: “I was disappointed and frustrated. We completely dominated the first half and should have been leading by more than one goal at half time.

“But then we suffered three minutes of craziness.

“The first penalty was a bit fortunate for Soham [when Gbenga Sonuga was adjudged to have fouled David Cobb], but the second one [with Lee Flavin bringing down Ben Seymour-Shove] was much more clear-cut, so I’ve no arguments over that one.

“But the job should have been done in the first half. It just seems that one goal is never enough to get a draw and two isn’t enough to win a game.

“Once again we shot ourselves in the foot and it’s been a recurring theme this season. We’ve been searching hard for the answers.”

Ilford are six points adrift of third-bottom Great Wakering Rovers with a game in hand, but Walton insists his side can still escape relegation.

He said: “It’s not a lost cause. We’ve yet to produce a run of two positives results together so we need to do that.

“We’ve still got a game in hand on the clubs above us and the situation is not irretrievable.

“We produced a good first-half performance against Soham after losing 5-0 at home to Grays last week, so there are positives to take.

“I still don’t think we’ll be relegated.”

Ilford head to Heybridge Swifts – the only side they have beaten this season – on Saturday and Walton believes his men can get a result.

He said: “I’d be chuffed if we completed a double over them.

“We’re capable of beating anybody on our day, so I think points are definitely a possibility.”

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