December 5 2013 Latest news:
Friday, September 20, 2013
Romford manager Paul Martin expects two very tough challenges as they get set to take on the two top Ryman One North’s goalscorers in the next five days.
Boro will play two consecutive away games, starting at Theobalds Lane where they face Cheshunt tomorrow (Saturday) before travelling to Harlow Town’s Barrows Farm home on Tuesday.
The match against the Ambers will see them have to deal with former Arsenal and West Ham professional Omer Riza who is acting as player and caretaker manager for the club and has looked dangerous in front of goal so far this season, with seven to his name ahead of the fixture with Boro.
And on the threat of facing Riza, Martin said: “I expect a hard game, but I also expect three points.
“They’ve got the ex-Arsenal and West Ham man playing and managing them and I think he has scored something like seven goals in six games, so it’s clear he knows where the goal is.
“We won’t be concentrating on him too much though as it will detract from their other 10 players on the pitch, and first and foremost we have to make sure we are fully prepared.”
Harlow use an artificial 3G surface at Barrows Farm and it may mean Martin fields a very different side.
But a player who they will come up against in midweek is former Boro striker Alex Read, who has scored 15 goals in his last 10 games for the Hawks, and has been prolific over the past few seasons with Brentwood Town and Aveley.
Martin knows first hand how much of a danger he can be.
“They play on a 3G pitch so I might have to field the players with a better touch and more skill than a physical side,” he added.
“We’ll be playing against Alex Read too who we know is a good goalscorer and lots of clubs want him.
“It’s a shame really that he can’t settle down at one club and make a name for himself. We’ll have to mark him well and try to make sure he doesn’t score.”
This ability to field different teams is indicative of the strength and depth Martin feels his squad has, and rotation is something he intends to take advantage of while he has that luxury.
He said: “There are always going to be changes because I’ve got a healthy squad and I want to use it to its fullest potential. By rotating players around, everyone will get minutes and I can keep everyone happy and field the best team for each match.”
Hull City manager Steve Bruce believes that Arsenal have the ability to win the league this season.