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Bostik North: Paul Martin talks up importance of Romford’s FA Trophy clash with Hastings United

PUBLISHED: 12:00 07 October 2017

Romford manager Paul Martin (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Romford manager Paul Martin (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Ship Lane club will pocket £3,000 in prize money if they win Sunday’s 1.30pm kick-off at Ship Lane

Romford manager Paul Martin admits the next seven days are extremely important to the club despite the new campaign being just two months old.

Boro host Hastings United, of the Bostik South, in the preliminary round of the FA Trophy on Sunday before facing two long journeys in the division.

Romford travel to fellow early season strugglers Norwich United on Tuesday night (October 10) before visiting recently relegated AFC Sudbury on Saturday.

Martin said: “I don’t like it when we play on a Sunday. First of all it stops us going out as a team after a game.

“Secondly, it gives us only a days rest before we have a five-hour trip to Norwich on Tuesday.

“After that we go to Sudbury the following Saturday, so this is a massive week for the club in terms of finances.”

If Romford can claim a victory on Sunday, they’ll pocket £3,000 in prize money, which is so crucial for the Bostik North outfit.

After exiting the FA Cup in the first qualifying round at home to Hornchurch, Boro are desperate for a run in this tournament.

Martin, having seen Haringey Borough and Heybridge Swifts reach the fourth qualifying round of the FA Cup and be drawn against each other, wants his side to end their winless run soon and achieve success in the FA Trophy.

He added: “I would take a scrappy 1-0 at the moment. I don’t care. We just need to try and get a result on Sunday.

“You look at other Bostik teams like Haringey and Heybridge in the FA Cup and we are now guaranteed to have a club from our league in the first round of the competition and it’s brilliant.

“But I’d love to do something similar and put Romford on the map. I know it will come in time and hopefully we can do well in the Trophy this season.”

Martin will not have Jamie Dicks at his disposal, however, after the midfielder bid farewell to the club last Saturday.

He played during the 1-1 draw at home to Witham Town, where Chris Taylor’s goal earned a point, before completing a move to Bowers & Pitsea on Tuesday.

The Romford boss praised his former captain, but is confident with the squad he has left at Ship Lane, he added: “The players we have brought in are not bad, but they just need to get used to the physical side of the division.

“Come Christmas, I’m hoping they would have adjusted and we will be looking a lot better than we are now.”

Martin continued: “We have a 28-man squad and we have done well to get it that big and normally I would be struggling to keep everyone happy.

“But where we have nine out injured, it is quite easy at the moment because they are all playing.

“I am just hoping we can get everyone back soon and then I can start to have a nice problem when it comes to selection.”

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