Essex Senior League: Ilford's Allan Fenn targets Tower Hamlets double this evening
PUBLISHED: 13:00 22 March 2017
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The Foxes can move up to fifth in the table with another win over the Mile End Stadium club
Ilford manager Allan Fenn is hoping his team can move up to fifth in the Essex Senior League tonight with another win against Tower Hamlets.
The Foxes entertain their east London rivals having done battle at the Mile End Stadium on Friday night.
Fenn’s team won 2-1 last week and another success this evening would see them leapfrog Southend Manor and Sawbridgeworth Town.
He said: “Tonight is going to be a bit of a ding-dong battle, but Saturday at Enfield is likely to be a bit more technical on the 3G pitch.
“Then Tuesday we have a big tie in the Gordon Brasted Memorial Trophy at Takeley, so I have really got to manage the squad with three games in six days.
“Obviously the first is against Tower Hamlets and I am really looking forward to it because it is an opportunity to get more points on the board.
“If we win the game we will move up to fifth and put pressure on the teams above us ahead of the weekend, so that’s our aim.”
Foxes forward Carl Mullings will be seeking to find the net for the fourth consecutive match after hitting form recently.
The striker scored in Ilford’s 2-1 win at Tower Hamlets on Friday night and in the League Challenge Cup game with Eton Manor last Wednesday.
“I am so pleased for Carl because before this spell he only had one goal in about 24 games I think,” said Fenn.
“But his attitude, pace and stamina is brilliant, so he is a top forward, but he has just not been putting the back in the back of the net.
“The mental strength he showed during that period was so strong, however, and I have always admired that and now he’s getting his reward and it is fully deserved.”
Fenn had to contend with several selection problems last week after goalkeeper Chris Clark suffered an injury at work.
It meant right-back Edas Valionis was in goal against Eton Manor and helped Foxes go through to the last eight following a penalty shoot-out.
“We had a bit of drama on Wednesday, as our goalkeeper Chris injured his back at work, so that was a nightmare,” said Fenn.
“Eventually we had to play our right-back Edas in goal and he actually made some great saves and stopped a few penalties.
“Fortunately we brought in Chris Waterhouse for the Tower Hamlets match and he is a good goalkeeper, so that’s helped.”
Goals from Mullings and Joe Killingback put Ilford in control last Friday before the hosts made it nervy with a late consolation strike.
After eventually holding out, the Foxes sit seventh in the table, but can move up two places with another win this evening.
Fenn added: “Our goalkeeper made a mistake for the Hamlets goal, but the conditions were really bad and it gave them some hope.
“To be honest we were comfortable really, so it was good to get the win and especially only 48 hours after our game with Manor.
“The players put in a big shift in the end on Friday and I was really proud of them and it keeps our run going, so I’m delighted.”