Ilford’s Fenn wants Odedoyin to keep red hot form going

PUBLISHED: 14:00 08 January 2016

Ilford manager Allan Fenn gives instructions to his team from the sideline (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO).

Ilford manager Allan Fenn gives instructions to his team from the sideline (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO).

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New Foxes signing impressing manager ahead of Enfield clash

Ilford boss Allan Fenn hopes his strikers take full advantage of Enfield’s leaky defence when the sides meet in the Essex Senior League on Saturday.

The E’s have been struggling all season near the bottom of the table and their cause has not been helped by having the league’s worst defensive record, shipping 86 goals so far.

One man who will hope to make the most of that this weekend is Wale Odedoyin who has been in good form since joining the Foxes.

Odedoyin scored twice in Ilford’s 4-0 win at home to Tower Hamlets on Saturday, having already hit a hat-trick for his new club against Wadham Lodge.

And with the match taking place on a 3G pitch at Harlow Arena, where Enfield play home fixtures, Fenn (above) hopes his attacking players can come to the fore.

“Because of the pitch, I’ll be looking to pick more technically gifted players rather than looking for someone who is happy to run through thick mud,” he said.

“We have some in-form strikers at the club at the minute in the form of Wale and Carl Mullings, while we still also have Chris Stevens to call upon.

“We have creative attacking players too and we’re full of goals at the minute, but I’ll happily take a 90th-minute winner!”

Ilford, who are due to visit Greenhouse on Wednesday, were frustrated on Tuesday when their match at league leaders Basildon United was called off after the pitch failed an inspection.

The game at Gardiners Close was expected to be a cracker between two sides at the right end of the standings.

But Fenn is hopeful it will be an even better game when the sides finally meet, believing a better playing surface will improve the match for those watching.

“It’s common sense really given the conditions, the pitch would have cut up a lot the longer the game went on,” he added.

“Both teams would have been committed to playing a good game, but the surface would have killed it as a spectacle, so it’s not a bad decision in the end.

“It is frustrating because we’re both doing well. Everyone thought the likes of Bowers & Pitsea and Barking would run away with it, but we’re still there.

“The two of us are like Crystal Palace and Leicester City. We’ve both earned the right to be where we are and we both would’ve been confident about winning.”

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