Bostik North: Wasted scouting trip for Romford, but Paul Martin remains upbeat

PUBLISHED: 16:00 05 October 2017

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

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

©TGS Photo +44 1376 553468

Romford ended six-match losing run in the division on Saturday with Vlad Sighiartau impressing

Paul Martin admits Romford will be facing something of an unknown quantity in the FA Trophy on Sunday after a recent scouting trip failed.

Boro went to watch Hasting United – their weekend opponents – last month only for the Bostik South club to change manager on September 23.

Adam Hinshelwood left the Sussex-based outfit and was replaced by Chris Agutter, which meant Romford’s homework on the Arrows is now not as relevant.

Martin explained: “We went to Hasting’s quite recently. I sent my assistant Alex (Goldstone) to watch them and then they sacked their manager, so that was tough for us.

“With a new man coming in you imagine he would have brought in his own players, so it means we are going in blind now and the scouting trip was a waste.

“Sometimes a team can hit the ground running when they get a new manager or it can take a bit of time to rebuild. Hopefully we can put out a good team and get a result.”

Romford will hope one of their own recent signings can help them progress past the preliminary qualifying round tie.

Vlad Sighiartau made his debut for Boro on Saturday during their 1-1 draw at home to Witham Town and Martin was impressed.

He added: “Vlad hit a screamer on the volley which smashed against the crossbar and he played his part in the goal with a cheeky back heel.

“I did a one-on-one session with him in training on Monday and some of his finishing was unbelievable, so I think he’ll be a great addition and he’s a lovely kid.

“We know we need to work on his fitness and get him more up to speed, but I am hoping he can be our new Chin (McKenzie).

“Hopefully he is and we can get him scoring for us this season and then help him move up the leagues when he’s ready.”

The draw with Witham ended Romford’s six-match losing streak in the Bostik North and Martin said: “It was probably the right result.

“We were better than them in the first half, but they were the better team after and when you look at the Cheshunt game (3-1 loss) where we have created so many chances and not taken them, we actually did better in that department on Saturday.

“I think we could have created a lot more because we only had two or three good opportunities, but we took one of them, so that was pleasing.”

Chris Taylor scored for Romford at the weekend to earn them a draw with Witham, but Martin admitted it is just the club’s luck that the forward is now unavailable for this Sunday’s match.

“He scored his third goal of the season, but he is now off on holiday, so that is the way things have gone for us,” said the Boro boss.

“I am just hoping I can start putting out a consistent team because I know when I do that we are a match for anyone.”

Related articles


Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Romford Recorder visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Romford Recorder staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Romford Recorder account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest Romford Sports News

34 minutes ago

Shenfield captain Jack Kliber says his side need to find a way to click after falling to a 168 run defeat to in-form Hornchurch on the weekend.


GPR beaten by 28 runs at home despite a half-century from Sam Hewitt

Yesterday, 15:00

Hornchurch captain Billy Gordon was full of praise for his side after they eased past Shenfield in their Shepherd Neame Essex League Premier Division derby at Harrow Lodge Park.

Understrength Havering went close to winning their Eastern Young Athletes League meeting against a strong Shaftesbury Barnet side, but had to concede defeat at Hendon to the hosts, who took over at the top of the table.

Yesterday, 12:00

National League outfit beat young Hammers 2-1 on Friday

Yesterday, 09:00

France marked their 20th anniversary since winning the World Cup by being crowned once again after sealing a 4-2 victory against Croatia.

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Ardleigh Green maintained their improving form in Shepherd Neame Essex League Division Three with a 227-run win over 10-man West Essex at Central Park.

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Old Brentwoods remain 25 points clear at the top of Shepherd Neame Essex League Division Three after a four-wicket win over Stanford.


The next step in renewable energy could be right beneath your feet as you walk through a Romford shopping centre.

There are many reasons people decide to join a gym. Some want to pack on muscle for strength, train for endurance, or lose weight. But did you know it also does wonders for your mental health? Two members at Romford’s Better Gym in the Market Place talk about their personal fitness journey and the importance of replacing bad habits with good ones.

Sean Watson, director at the family-run St Michaels Homes which runs Howard Lodge and Dudbrook Hall, answers the common questions people have about care homes.

Newsletter Sign Up

Romford Recorder twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read sport

Show Job Lists

News from your area


A 13-year-old from Elm Park sang his heart out in the third episode of a blind singing audition and secured himself a place in the battle round.

Digital Edition


Enjoy the
Romford Recorder
e-edition today


Education and Training


Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now