Ilford fall short to West Essex

PUBLISHED: 11:00 18 November 2018 | UPDATED: 07:49 19 November 2018

Ilford manager Martin Haywood (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Ilford manager Martin Haywood (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Essex Senior League: Ilford 1 West Essex 2

Two quickfire goals inside three minutes saw Ilford fall to a third consecutive Essex Senior League defeat as they lost to West Essex at Cricklefield Stadium.

Callum Maltese’s neat finish was not enough for Ilford to claw back any points, despite a second-half comeback from the home side.

After a slow start to the game, the first goal arrived on 20 minutes after Tom Woodbridge’s lofted cross was met by an unlikely header from Tanvir Ahmed to give the visitors the lead.

Shortly after, West Essex extended their advantage when Callum Bloss capitalised on some poor goalkeeping to tuck in the second goal of the match.

West Essex could have made it 3-0 when another corner was whipped in and met the head of Ahmed, whose header looked destined for the net until Luke Casey cleared the ball off the line.

The away side continued to pile on the pressure when Ahmed’s curling effort after a training ground move from a free-kick was blocked by team-mate Bloss, when it appeared to be goalbound.

Ilford responded instantly in the second half as Maltese’s curling effort bounced off the post and in to halve the deficit.

Striker Yemi Adelani nearly made it 2-2 when his thunderous strike from a free-kick rattled the woodwork as the hosts piled on the pressure to get an equaliser.

But their last chance of the afternoon came when Jamal Dzotsi appeared to be fouled in the box, only for West Essex to be awarded a free-kick as the referee considered it to have been a dive.

Defeat left the home side in ninth and only a point above their opponents.

The Foxes will be determined to get back to winning ways when they take on Saffron Walden Town in the Errington Challenge Cup at Cricklefield Stadium on Wednesday evening.

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