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Ilford manager Allan Fenn looking forward to Romford match

PUBLISHED: 17:00 18 July 2017

Ilford manager Allan Fenn (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Ilford manager Allan Fenn (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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The Foxes take on local rivals Romford Football Club in a pre-season friendly this evening.

Allan Fenn is looking forward to the match and is hoping to see how his squad fair against the

Isthmian North outfit.

Ilford and Boro will both be using the match to make sure there players get fit and test out their starting XI at Ford’s Sports Club in Newbury Park.

“I’m really looking forward to tonight’s game,” Fenn said.

“James Peagram and Luke Thomas are on holiday, so that’s two players who would be starting not available, apart from that we’re looking good.

“We’ve got two good goalkeepers, we’re solid at the back and we’ve got our new signings as well.”

Fenn also spoke about a few of his new signings who will be in action in tonight’s fixture and how he believes it’s always a good game against Romford.

“We’ve brought in seven new faces Tom Jackson in goal to give Chris competition, Stefan Szajewski from Waltham Abbey, Josh from Enfield, Bill Rungay in the middle of the park, James Peagram from Barking who scored for fun last season and Khadean Campbell, whose an electric winger with good feet.

“Ilford versus Romford is always a really good game and very competitive, but we’re also good friends so it’s a nice game to have.”

The Ilford boss also admits his respect for the opposition and what they’ve achieved in recent years.

“I have huge respect for Paul Martin and the club for what they’ve done there year after year.

“He always goes back every year and does a great job.”

Ilford won their appeal against being voted out of the Essex Senior League yesterday and Fenn couldn’t be happier to get back to business in tonight’s fixture.

“To say it’s a relief is an understatement,” he admitted.

“We’ve been in turmoil since the decision was made.

“My boys are looking forward to the game as they will now see it as more competitive and they know we have three games to get fit before the season.”

The club was originally voted out of the division at the competition’s Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, June 21, but decided to appeal the decision and will now take place in the league for the 2017/18 season.

The match starts at 7.30pm this evening.

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