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Martin excited by three fixtures
Romford boss Paul Martin is looking forward to a pair of entertaining Ryman Division One North battles before his side’s big FA Cup tie at Grays on Sunday week.
Boro visit Ware tomorrow (Saturday) and play host to new boys Barkingside on Wednesday, after a superb 5-0 FA Cup preliminary round win at Hadleigh.
Tom Richardson netted twice in the rout, with Lewis Francis, Robbie Norris and Abs Seymour also on target as Boro banked the £1,925 prize money in Suffolk.
Martin said: “I watched them last Tuesday and thought it would be tougher, but we all turned up and got what we deserved. It’s starting to sink into their heads now and paying off.
“I don’t think we’ve got anything to fear against Grays. We’re the underdogs, we’re not expected to go and win it, but the cup causes all kinds of upsets.
“And I hope it’s a good crowd, as we get half the gate money, and we can progress to the next round.”
Ware are without a point in their first six matches of the season, but Martin will not take the trip to Wodson Park for granted.
He added: “They’re always entertaining games with Ware. There’s always some drama. We’ve got to stay disciplined, do our jobs and get the three points.
“Anyone is capable of getting results so we can’t take none for granted.”
Wednesday’s clash with Barkingside will see Martin pit his wits against old friend Matt Frew.
But he is disappointed the fixture didn’t end up on a weekend, adding: “It will be a bit of a reunion. I’m close mates with ‘Burger’ and it’s a shame it’s not a Saturday game and we can have a few beers after.
“He’s probably one of the best players I’ve had at Romford, but I want to win and then concentrate on Grays.
“Our squad is healthy and I want to put the strongest sides out that I can.”
Boro have received a boost off the field with a new shirt sponsorship deal with local club Voodoo Lounge, Martin adding: “We’ve been working hard to get sponsors in and need as much as we can.
“They’re a local club who wanted to sponsor us and it’s nice to get recognised. They’re paying for tracksuits and kit and giving us free passes, as long as they boys aren’t in there on Fridays!”
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