December 18 2013 Latest news:
Friday, October 4, 2013
Romford may be without several of their experienced players for their FA Trophy tie at Potters Bar tomorrow – but boss Paul Martin has faith in the club’s youngsters as they go in search of much-needed prize money.
Captain Jack Barry has been sidelined since pre-season with a broken ankle, while stand-in skipper and Boro’s record appearance holder Paul Clayton is on holiday, Abs Seymour is injured and Joe Oates is serving a three-match ban for a sending-off in the 4-0 defeat against Cheshunt.
But with several of the youngsters impressing in Wednesday’s 1-0 Ryman League Cup win over East Thurrock, Martin has no doubts they can step up against the Scholars and earn the club £2,500 and a trip to either Sittingbourne or Whitstable in the next round.
“We know of them as they’ve played in our league for a number of years before their switch to the Southern League,” said Martin.
“Whether they are completely different because of the league they’ve gone in and whether they have the same budget you don’t know.
“I have not really looked at their results so I am going in a little bit blind and I would have liked it to have been at home as their pitch isn’t great.
“But we haven’t got a bad record there. At the end of the day it’s a 50-50 chance of us getting some much-needed money.”
Martin added: “We have a suspension and quite a few injuries so it’s going to be a tough one.
“I might have to bring a few reserve lads in again, but I have every confidence in them and my reserve team manager for us to have a strong squad and I’m not scared to bring the reserve boys in.”
Romford were hit by the departure of striker Kurt Smith this week, who has rejoined East Thurrock.
Smith, who suffered a broken leg last season, has enjoyed several spells with Boro, but Martin admits the recent one could well have been his last as he now looks to develop the next crop of youngsters.
Martin added: “I think this will probably be the last time.
“I think we’ve got to start moving forward and bringing youngsters through again, like I did five years ago when we first came in to the Ryman League.
“They’ve not let us down. Kurt has been frustrated lately with his own game and we’ve had to play him out of position a lot.
“We have struggled on the left side and all credit to Ryan Imbert, he has been playing really well.
“Ryan’s not that type of player and we have got to use the strongest squad we can, so I just think he got a little frustrated.
“He knows he can step up and play the next level and all I can say is I wish him all the best.”