Bostik North: Paul Martin desperate for Romford to come through tough FA Cup tie with Stowmarket Town

PUBLISHED: 17:00 18 August 2017

Romford manager Paul Martin (pic: George Phillpou/TGS Photo).

Romford manager Paul Martin (pic: George Phillpou/TGS Photo).

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Boro travel to Suffolk to take on the Old Gold and Blacks, who signed ex-Sunderland defender Titus Bramble earlier this month

Titus Bramble (left) chases Manchester United's Robin Van Persie while playing for Sunderland in the Premier League (pic Owen Humphreys/PA) Titus Bramble (left) chases Manchester United's Robin Van Persie while playing for Sunderland in the Premier League (pic Owen Humphreys/PA)

Romford boss Paul Martin wants his players to keep it tight when they face Stowmarket Town in the preliminary round of the FA Cup this weekend.

Boro head to Suffolk off the back of a disappointing 5-1 Bostik North defeat at home to Heybridge Swifts on Wednesday and could come up against former Newcastle United defender Titus Bramble on Saturday.

Martin knows Romford are in for a real challenge, but at least has some idea of what to expect having recently scouted the Old Gold & Blacks.

He said: “I went to watch them at Barkingside earlier this month, but they have signed Titus Bramble since and look to be bringing in Darren Ambrose!

“For us it is going to be similar to playing against a team like Heybridge, so we have got to keep it tight.

“A good thing perhaps is the fact it will be played at Ipswich Wanderers ground because Stowmarket’s pitch isn’t ready yet.

“I am told that means it won’t be anywhere near as good, so we might have to wait to see how it is before deciding how we play.”

Romford are licking their wounds after Wednesday’s heavy loss, but the early season form of Jonathan Nzenga has been a positive.

The former Barkingside winger scored during the impressive 1-1 draw at Bury Town on Saturday and against Heybridge.

Martin will hope the new man can continue that run this weekend and stressed the importance of Boro’s match at Stowmarket.

Prize money worth £1,925 is up for grabs to the team which progresses into the next round of the FA Cup.

“My port of call is that the money is always the most important thing for this club,” said Martin.

“It looks like Stowmarket are going for the league and they have some players from AFC Sudbury and Bury Town, so they are getting boys to drop down a league for them.

“We need to go there and keep it tight and at the very least try and get a replay from it and stay in the cup.

“It is being played at a neutral ground, so I don’t know what crowd will turn up and we will see any money from that? Probably not, so we need to try and take them back to our place at the very least and do everything we can to get through.”

The Romford boss also admitted he, and everyone associated with the club, also need to be patient with this group.

Martin added: “We have still got people to come back. Our New Zealand international Adam McGeorge is out with a back injury and Craig Jeakins has had man flu for the last two weeks.

“The frustrating thing for me is people don’t understand how much I have to rebuild every summer and I think we must only have six lads from last season.

“With that in mind I need to remember that it is going to take time and rather than bollocking them, I need to help them adjust to life at this level.”

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