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Ilford want more set-piece magic from Warwick

PUBLISHED: 11:00 01 April 2016

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

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

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Foxes boss Fenn wants midfielder to maintain scoring run at Takeley

Ilford manager Allan Fenn hopes Glen Warwick can keep his hot streak going when they host Takeley in the Essex Senior League on Saturday.

Warwick netted both goals for Fenn’s men as they earned a draw with strugglers Greenhouse last weekend.

The midfielder ensured it was level at half time with his first, while his second was a stunning late free kick and he also netted the opener in a 2-0 defeat of Bowers & Pitsea on Wednesday.

And Fenn revealed that was his superb second at Sports was not the only time Warwick scored with a set-piece last weekend.

“He did it Sunday in a cup game for the reserves as well, so I think Glen will be on free kick duty in future,” said Fenn.

As for facing Takeley, Fenn insists his team will not be lulled into a false sense of security despite their lowly position.

After an impressive campaign last season, Takeley have been floundering near the foot of the table in a campaign which has seen them change their manager.

But despite their struggles, Takeley beat Ilford 3-0 in December, after which Fenn said he was ‘embarrassed’.

And the Foxes boss is expecting his team to put things right when they make the journey to Station Road this weekend.

He added: “Whenever you lose and you play the team again, you are always driven by revenge and it will be no different at Takeley.

“I felt humiliated after the loss in December and I hope the boys did too and that they can rectify some of that with a win.

“Personal pride was dented for everyone involved after that loss and I did not like it one bit, so I’m hoping for a lot better Saturday.”

Ilford could be tired for that fixture, though, after hosting Bowers on Wednesday, but they are likely to be buoyed by the impressive result against the title chasers.

The weekend’s trip to Takeley will be a fourth game in just nine days for the Foxes, a run that started with a 1-0 defeat away to Bowers last Thursday.

But Fenn is confident there is enough energy in the squad to keep going during a difficult run at the end of a gruelling season.

“I have a squad of 28 players at Ilford and for a variety of reasons I have to rotate players, which is good for their fitness,” he said.

“We did well last week against Bowers, made a few changes for Saturday against Greenhouse and we’ll be going flat out at Takeley.”

As for what he hopes to see from the team over the final seven games of the season, Fenn hopes Ilford can maintain their focus.

“The players know that all the games left are like cup finals. We want to finish in the top five, that would give the club their highest finish for over a decade.

“I’ll be making sure that they are not in holiday mode,” he warned.


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