Bostik North: Paul Martin confident Romford will start getting league results
PUBLISHED: 16:30 22 September 2017
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Boro travel to Canvey Island this weekend before hosting Cheshunt on Wednesday, but experienced boss remains optimistic they’ll start moving up table soon
Romford are getting ready for two more tricky games in the Bostik North over the next week, but manager Paul Martin has insisted there is no need to panic about their start to the new campaign.
Boro are second bottom in the table with only four points from their opening seven league fixtures and without a league win since August 26.
Martin’s team did halt their poor form on Wednesday by beating Tilbury on penalties in the first round of the Velocity Trophy at Ship Lane.
It has given Romford a boost ahead of their trip to Canvey Island tomorrow (Saturday), who have won three of their last five games after initially making a slow start following their relegation last season.
“Sometimes it is difficult when you come down from the Premier because you get a bit more time in that league and there is more quality around where as in the North people are straight in your face,” said Martin.
“But they beat Dereham Town 4-1 on Tuesday and had Teddy Nesbitt and Charlie Cole as substitutes, so they have a really good squad.
“I think most of the players on the bench for the top six to eight clubs would walk into our first-team, but that shows what you can do when you have finances.
“We will keep plugging away and I won’t panic. I know we will get results and wins and I’d just say let’s judge things at Christmas.”
After a difficult clash with Canvey, Romford are back at Ship Lane on Wednesday when Cheshunt visit.
The Ambers have struggled so far and are just one place above Boro despite finishing 10th last season.
As a result, Cheshunt parted ways with Paul Wickenden recently and appointed Steve Newing as his replacement.
Martin is good friends with the new Ambers boss and is looking forward to doing battle with him again.
He added: “Steve has taken over there now and I first met him during my first year at Romford when he was manager of Leyton.
“We had a bit of banter on talkSPORT with Stan Collymore and he asked me if I had anything to say and I said just buy me a beer after we have knocked you out of the cup.
“Unfortunately we lost 2-1, but I have stayed friends with Steve ever since and I can’t believe he’s been without a job at this level over the last couple of years.
“He has been coaching Boreham Wood’s under-21s, so now he has got a chance at Cheshunt he might take a few youngsters over there, but it will be good to see him.”