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Tiredness a factor says Ilford’s Ashnike

PUBLISHED: 16:00 04 April 2016

Ilford's Ajay Ashnike holds off a rival (pic: Tim Edwards)

Ilford's Ajay Ashnike holds off a rival (pic: Tim Edwards)

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Captain reflects on loss to Takeley

Ilford captain Ajay Ashnike believed “tiredness and fatigue” was the reason behind Saturday’s home defeat against Takeley.

After a terrific win against Essex Senior League promotion hopefuls Bowers & Pitsea, the Foxes were unable to put together back-to-back victories against their mid-table visitors as they were beaten 2-0 at Cricklefield Stadium.

Ashnike said: “We played really well against Bowers last Wednesday and deserved the win, but at the weekend the game caught up with us.”

That wasn’t evident early on as the Foxes made all the running, with Ashnike missing from just a yard out.

But a defensive mistake midway through the half allowed Reece Dobson to score his first.

“Dobson’s been around a while and he’s a good experienced player at this level and we gave him two chances and he took both of them,” added Ashnike.

It wasn’t until the last minute that Dobson grabbed his second to seal the win for Takeley after a frustrating second half for Ilford where Glen Warwick and Ashnike both went close to an equaliser.

“We had most of the chances and we hit the crossbar twice, but we just couldn’t take any in the end,” said Ashnike.

Any outside chance of promotion was over even before this weekend’s defeat, but five games still remain this season, starting at bottom club Newham at Tilbury’s Chadfields ground tomorrow (Tuesday).

“Now we can’t go up we need to show what we are capable of and go and get a win tomorrow night,” said Ashnike, who wants a strong finish to the campaign and feels they can earn promotion from the Essex Senior League next year believing they have “got the squad to do it”.


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