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Ilford boss disappointed with defeat and conditions at Clapton – Cricklefield manager gutted after 4-3 loss and discusses changing rooms at Old Spotted Dog
from George Sessions (http://www.ilfordrecorder.co.uk/sport)
Ilford manager Allan Fenn has taken the blame for his sides Essex Senior League defeat to local rivals Clapton last night.
Foxes and Tons played out a seven-goal thriller with two late goals adding to the drama at the Old Spotted Dog.
The Cricklefield outfit went ahead early on through Bradley Joseph before Jerome Martelli struck twice on his return to put Clapton into the lead.
Michael Osei responded before the break for the away side, but Mendez Gomez restored Tons advantage in the second period.
AJ Ashnike appeared to have earned Ilford a point when he struck late on, but the visitors gave away a penalty kick late on and Fahad Nyanja converted to leave Fenn gutted.
He said: “I will only ever try to win a game of football and I will never settle for a point.
“We scored in the 89th minute last night to get it back to 3-3 and we got corner and I told the boys to take it short and try something we have worked on.
“But we got caught and they have gone and got the penalty. It was my call, though, so I take the blame for the eventual defeat.
“The month off in December has killed us and we are lacking sharpness. But the team did not lack character against Clapton because to come back from 3-2 down, when they were shattered, and level was brilliant.”
Fenn was disappointed to lose at the Old Spotted Dog, but was also furious with conditions at the famous old stadium.
Ilford boss slammed the state of the changing rooms and believes the league have got to make sure Clapton and London Bari, who ground share with Tons, provide better facilities.
“I have been captain of Clapton and I am very proud of that club, but what I will say is they and the Essex Senior League have let themselves down,” Fenn remarked.
“The changing rooms at the Old Spotted Dog are a disgrace. One of my lads had to have a shower in the freezing cold last night.
“That is disgraceful and is not on. We have had it there before when we played London Bari and the league should do something about it.
“I feel sorry for a club like Clapton because the supporters are great and they clapped us off at the end and I thank them for that.
“Those supporters are a credit to the club and non-league, but something needs to be done.”