No thoughts on play-offs yet for Romford boss Martin

10:00 04 April 2014

Romford manager Paul Martin. Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO

Romford manager Paul Martin. Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO

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Romford picked up two more victories this week to make it eight Ryman One North wins in a row, but the immediate aim for manager Paul Martin is to beat their points total of 64 from last season, rather than achieve a play-off place.

A top-five finish is being whispered after Boro demolished Redbridge 5-0 last Saturday before defeating landlords Thurrock ‘away’ 2-1 on Tuesday night.

They currently have 62 points and are now just nine off the final play-off position, but Martin isn’t thinking about that yet.

He said: “I’m not even thinking about the play-offs, I think we are a little bit too far off. If we had an extra seven points on the board before we had this run I would have said we have a chance.

“We are still not looking at the play-offs, we are just taking it game by game and if we creep in there, we creep in there and if we don’t, we don’t, we will see what happens.

“I just wanted more than 64 points and if we do that, it is five years we have been in the Ryman where we have beaten the previous points margin every year and that is credit to these players for achieving that.”

Romford have three games against teams in the bottom half of the table over the next week and Martin has already warned his players against complacency.

Boro visit Tilbury and Barkingside on Saturday and Monday respectively, before hosting Cheshunt next Thursday.

Martin said: “I’ve said to the boys ‘you’ve had a fantastic run, you’ve played near enough everyone inside the top half you can’t afford now to go to Tilbury, Barkingside and Cheshunt and just turn up’.

“I’ve said ‘if you want to keep that run going you have got to keep playing how you have been playing week in week out’.

“We don’t know when the run will end but if we lost every game now I would still say it has been one of our best seasons because we have upset all the play-off teams again.”


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