Next two games are vital, says Romford boss Martin
09:08 17 January 2015
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Big period for Boro; Barry returns.
Romford boss Paul Martin knows it’s vitally important to pick up points in their next two games to continue their recent improvement.
Boro built on their 1-0 win at Thamesmead with a point in a 2-2 draw against an in-form Brightlingsea Regent after coming from behind twice.
Next up for Romford is a local derby with a Tilbury side tomorrow (Saturday) who are just two points and one place above them in the Ryman North table.
They follow that up with a trip to Redbridge the following week, and Martin knows they can ill-afford to drop points against the sides in and around them in the table.
“These two games are vital,” said Martin.
“They will both be extremely tough and it is very important to pick up points off the teams around you.
“We need to at least pick up a point in both games to avoid other teams either closing the gap below us or distancing themselves from us.”
Ahead of the fixture, Boro have boosted their squad with the return of Chris Barry.
Barry came back at a similar time last season, and played in seven of their eight-game winning run, and Martin hopes he can have another positive impact on the squad.
“Family and work commitments have stopped him playing as much as he would like,” said Martin.
“When the work dies down he always lets me know and it’s nice to be able to bring him in.
“We had a great run with him in the team last time and hopefully it can happen again.”
The point picked up against Brightlingsea came without regular goalkeeper Aaron Omand in between the sticks.
Omand’s partner had just gone into labour the morning of the game, and with no natural back-up available striker Nick Reynolds filled the void superbly.
“We knew it was around the corner and it’s sod’s law it happened on a Saturday morning,” said Martin.
“But Nick has played in goal before a few times and he did very well.
“He will feel he could have done better with the second goal, but it’s the same for every keeper.
“Nick made a couple of important saves and we are grateful for him stepping in.
“Both Nick and Eddie Hart fancied their chances in goal but Nick got the nod.”
Jake Holman put Regent in front before Abs Seymour’s seventh of the season saw Boro go in level at the break.
The visitors retook the lead through Jordan Heath, but back came Romford again and Hart netted the leveller.
“It was a good team performance and to get a point having come from behind twice is even greater,” remarked Martin.
“They would have fancied their chances of all three points based on our last two games but the boys are growing in confidence again.”