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Bostik North: Romford face crucial week in bid to survive

PUBLISHED: 11:00 06 April 2018

Romford manager Paul Martin (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

Romford manager Paul Martin (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

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Boro visit Ware on Saturday and host Norwich United on Wednesday

Romford face a huge week in their efforts to remain in the Bostik North this season, with two games against teams also positioned near the foot of the table.

Boro continue to prop up the standings, but visit Ware on Saturday, before hosting Norwich United next Wednesday, with both opponents also in the bottom five.

The Ship Lane side head into the crucial period without a win in their last five matches in the league, though have drawn each of their last three.

Boss Paul Martin will hope his team can turn those draws into wins this week as Romford crave vital points in the battle to survive.

But Martin is all too aware how the pressure of the final few games of season can affect results.

“It can be tough at this stage in the season as you start looking at the run-in for other teams and the results they get in certain games might not be what you expect,” he said.

“Our last two games have been two tough, long journeys, but we’ve taken two points in those games and that gives us belief.

“Hopefully the teams just above us drop points and we’re able to keep closing the gap to them.”

While both games are huge to Romford in their efforts to avoid relegation, the Ware game takes precedence with the match coming first on Saturday.

Boro have not found the Blues’ Wodson Park home a happy hunting ground in recent season, and lost the previous meeting between the sides at Ship Lane in January.

Martin acknowledges the threat posed by Ware, but will do his best to get his players in the right frame of mind for the game.

“Ware have been in good form of late and when we played them in January, they were more up for it than we were, which is why they won,” he added.

“If you look at our track record at Ware, it’s not great and the pitch is not in the best condition.

“They are things that aren’t going to help, but we just have to get the players to relax and play the game.

“All we’re asking is for the players to give us 100 per cent in both games this week and we’ll see where that takes us.”

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