Search

Completely different test awaits Romford at Harlow, says boss Martin

PUBLISHED: 09:00 12 August 2014

Ryan Imbert (left) and his Romford team-mates celebrate scoring the second goal in their 4-0 win over Burnham Ramblers on Saturday. Pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO

Ryan Imbert (left) and his Romford team-mates celebrate scoring the second goal in their 4-0 win over Burnham Ramblers on Saturday. Pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO

Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO c/o 27 Plaiters Way, Braintree, Essex, CM7 3LR - Editorial Use ONLY - FA Premier League and Football League

Romford manager Paul Martin admits tonight’s match against Harlow Town will provide his side with a completely different kind of test compared to Burnham Ramblers, who they beat comfortably last weekend.

The Boro boss was pleased with the 4-0 victory his side achieved on Saturday but knows this evening’s Ryman One North contest on Harlow’s 3G Barrows Farm pitch will provide a sterner challenge.

Martin said: “Harlow will be a different kettle of fish. On a 3G pitch, they’ll be popping it about nice and quick.

“I haven’t got a problem with playing on 3G pitches. The tempo is quick, the ball doesn’t hold up but you need to be on your toes every minute because if you slip you can be punished.

“Last year we had two good games against them, they beat us last minute away and then it was another tight loss at home so they won’t fancy playing us and we won’t fancy playing them.”

Romford’s home ground, Ship Lane, is known as one of the best surfaces in the league, therefore Martin thinks his players will enjoy playing on Harlow’s slick 3G pitch.

He explained how difficult it can be for his team to adapt to different pitches and pointed to their strong home record as proof they can struggle to adapt at times.

“I think our home record last season speaks for itself,” Martin explained. “We didn’t lose many games because we can play football on it.

“It’s when we go away, play on other pitches and change our tactics when we struggle because you are telling the players one week to pass it about and another week to lump it long. You have to adapt to all surfaces and tonight will be no different.”

Martin has fitness concerns over forward Ryan Imbert, after the striker scored twice against Burnham before he was forced off with a dead leg.

The Romford boss is hopeful he can shake it off to lead the line against Harlow, he said: “My main concern is getting Ryan Imbert fit because he is on fire.

“He has a bit of confidence about him this season, last year he was a bit hot and cold but he has come in and hit the ground running.

“He has a thigh muscle problem, he took a bit of a battering after scoring twice and got a dead leg but I am hoping he will shake it off.”

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

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

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

Yesterday, 18:00

With a month to go until the Tissot UCI Track Cycling World Cup returns to the Lee Valley Velopark in Stratford, the Great Britain squad for the next round in Berlin has been announced.

Yesterday, 17:00

Hornchurch manager Jimmy McFarlane insists they must stop playing on the hard luck story and stamp out conceding sloppy goals after they crashed out of the FA Trophy.

Yesterday, 16:40

Lakeside Hammers will not be running in the 2019 speedway season after the BSPA revealed plans for next season after hosting their annual AGM.

Yesterday, 16:00

The head coach at Crow Lane praised the work of opposite number Tom Redfern ahead of this weekend’s big clash

Yesterday, 15:00

London Super League: Lewisham 4 Romford 3

Yesterday, 13:00

Harold Wood Running Club had plenty of members take part in the third series of the Chingford League 5K at Hog Hill.

Yesterday, 10:00

Coasters lost 2-0 at Victoria Road in March

Hammers’ Players Project helping to get people active

PROMOTED CONTENT

From November, The Mercury in Romford begins to celebrate Christmas. The mall has plenty of gift ideas, fun events and activities for everyone

Vauxhall has completed its sport utility vehicle range with the third, and largest, Grandland X. We put the SUV, now available at Tony LeVoi in Romford, to the test.

“The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining,” so the saying goes. So if some warm weather is making your conservatory uninhabitable, think about replacing its roof with a flat one and adding a roof lantern instead.

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

Education Promo

News from your area

Competitions

A Romford photographer impressed the judges of a national creative photography competition with a picture of a stunning sunset.

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Romford Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now