Positives and negatives for Ilford boss Fenn

PUBLISHED: 12:30 18 February 2015 | UPDATED: 13:21 18 February 2015

Ilford manager Allan Fenn. Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO

Ilford manager Allan Fenn. Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO

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AJ Ashnike set for Tower Hamlets return, but Foxes boss pleased with performance at FC Romania

Ilford's AJ Ashnike heads clear against Sporting Bengal (pic: Tim Stevens)Ilford's AJ Ashnike heads clear against Sporting Bengal (pic: Tim Stevens)

Ilford manager Allan Fenn took plenty of positives from last weekend’s 2-1 defeat to FC Romania in the Essex Senior League, but has had to make changes to his squad recently.

AJ Ashnike has reapplied to become Tower Hamlets manager again, after leaving the Mile End Stadium club in December when they were suspended from league action.

Whilst attacker Olu Olu has left the club to join Hoddesdon Town of the Spartan South Midlands Premier Division.

“Olu has joined Hoddesdon Town and didn’t even tell us so that was nice of him and AJ has reapplied to become Tower Hamlets manager,” said Fenn.

“We have told AJ we want him to stay because Clapton already tried to take him from us earlier this season.

“But he wants to save his old club Tower Hamlets and I can respect that.

“I have already spoken on the phone to Adam Flanagan, the Brentwood Town boss, and I am getting a forward and a defender for a month from him so we have two go out and two more come in.”

Fenn was forced to play a makeshift side at Theobalds Lane on Saturday as several players missed the match against Romania for differing reasons.

Elias Armar Tackie scored a great goal in the second half to give Foxes a fighting chance of getting a result.

But they couldn’t find an equaliser, however Fenn was proud of the efforts from his player.

He added: “There was positives and negatives to come from the game. The negatives was the fact we were missing nine players.

“Six through injury and three through unavailability and they were key players like AJ, Chris Lockwood, Carl Mullins, Chris Stevens.

“We were light and only had four on the bench. We had four debutants, one started and three off the bench.

“My left winger Elias tweaked his hammy in the warm up but he got through 70 minutes struggling so we didn’t have the best preparation.

“We went out first half and we were like rabbits in the headlights. We couldn’t cope and they scored two goals - one from a corner and another from a free kick.

“It was a case of fighting in the second half, being stronger in the tackle and being louder and we did that. Second half we should have won it, at least got a draw from the game.

“Elias scored a great individual goal and Fabian Brown has missed a great chance late on to get us the draw.

“The positives are that we had nine people out and still ran the team third in the table close and should have got a result.”

Ilford aren’t in competitive action again until February 28 when they host Eton Manor at Cricklefield.

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