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)

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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.”

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