Ilford boss Fenn wants more than revenge against Redbridge

Barkingside and Ilford in action at Cricklefield Stadium (Pic: Tim Edwards)

Barkingside and Ilford in action at Cricklefield Stadium (Pic: Tim Edwards) - Credit: Archant

Ilford manager Allan Fenn wants more than revenge against rivals Redbridge as they face each other in the Errington Cup this weekend.

The Foxes travel away to Oakside on Saturday and will be looking to repay Ricky Eaton’s outfit for their 5-1 loss in the Essex Senior League earlier this season.

Fenn’s men were thrown out of the competition after progressing into the final for fielding an ineligible player last season and will want to go the extra step this term.

“It’s not only revenge, we were absolutely abysmal and it was our worst performance of the season.

“It was a very difficult result and performance to take, so we want to go there with a full side and try putting right that wrong.

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“It wasn’t a nice defeat and the comments from their manager were not fair.”

The manager wants his side to take the cup serious as he feels they have a good shot at another run to the final.

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“It’s a cup we want to win as it’s a cup we got into the final last season and we were kicked out of it for a ridiculous reason.

“To have that taken away from us wasn’t very nice and we want to make up for that.

“More importantly we want to keep up our winning streak and continue to get results week in week out.”

The boss is excited for the challenge after his side’s recent form since the two clubs last meeting.

“I’m looking forward to the challenge as we know Redbridge are a good side, but I’m hoping my boys step-up to the plate and show they’re a good side as well.”

The club will be boosted by their recent signing of versatile Aaron Gayle from AFC Hornchurch.

“We’ve signed Aaron who has been at Hornchurch and Tonbridge Angels, he’s just come back from a nasty injury, but will be a good addition.

“Jim (McFarlane) the Hornchurch manager talks very highly of him.

“He can play centre half, centre midfield and centre forward, so we’ll have to figure out where he is best.”

The club has also agreed a three-and-a-half year shirt sponsorship with CVS Vans with the plan of pushing the club forward with further investment.

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