Ilford’s character delights Fenn

PUBLISHED: 15:46 29 March 2016 | UPDATED: 15:46 29 March 2016

Ilford manager Allan Fenn (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Ilford manager Allan Fenn (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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Foxes manager praises team’s resilience after Greenhouse point

Ilford boss Allan Fenn was pleased his team kept going until the end as they snatched a late equaliser in a 1-1 draw at Greenhouse Sports in the Essex Senior League.

In a busy first half, Glen Warwick drew the Foxes level with the first of his brace after the hosts had taken the lead, while substitute Wale Odedoyin was controversially dismissed for the visitors shortly after coming on.

Sports took the lead once again before Warwick grabbed a point for Ilford with a superb late free kick, and Fenn believes his team deserved their draw after playing most of the game a man light.

“Even though we were down to 10 at half time, we went for it in the second half, but bad finishing let us down once again,” said Fenn.

“Greenhouse then went and took the lead, but Glen’s goal was a great moment for us to get the draw. It showed the resilience and character in the squad.

“It showed how deep the boys are digging at the moment and after being down to 10 men, I would have taken a point.”

It was a case of one point gained and one points loss for Ilford, though, after they were hit with a one-point deduction by the Essex FA on Tuesday.

The Foxes have been charged with fielding an ineligible player, Carl Mullings, in their 1-1 draw with local rivals Barking earlier this month.

Mullings had been shown red for against FC Romania in February, which was his second of the season, but Fenn insists Ilford were told that it would still be a three game ban.

“With Carl, we were told that his ban was for three games, so to our knowledge he had served his ban by the time we played Barking,” added Fenn.

“We were told that by the FA, but the county board have since said that’s not the case and deducted the point, so we’re waiting to see what happens there.

“If we do lose the point, then of course we will be upset because I thought we worked extremely hard for the draw against Barking.”

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