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Romford boss Martin targeting away-day delights

PUBLISHED: 11:00 07 March 2014

Romford manager Paul Martin (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Romford manager Paul Martin (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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Romford boss Paul Martin has a nine-point target from their next four Ryman One North games as the fixtures continue to come thick and fast.

Boro are on the road three times this week, when they travel firstly to Burnham tomorrow (Saturday), before a trip to Brentwood and 
another attempt at playing the Waltham Abbey fixture, a game postponed on a couple of occasions.

And while Martin has targeted nine points, he is wary of the league’s unpredictable nature this season.

“It would be nice to get nine points from a possible 12 with Burnham, Brentwood and Waltham Abbey all being around us, but no-one in this league is running away with it this season,” said Martin.

“You struggle to predict the right outcomes each week this season. You look at Erith & Belvedere. They lose 10-1 to Thurrock and 4-1 to us, but go and beat Heybridge. That shows you the league is unpredictable.”

With Burnham first up, the Boro boss predicts another tough game, but sees them as a very similar side to when Romford first won promotion to the league.

“They have done really well so far,” he added. “It’s similar to what we did in our first season in the league.

“You struggle first up, but you then find your feet and work out the level of football you are playing.”

Boro took four points from their last nine, but lost last time out 3-1 at Heybridge Swifts on Wednesday in what Martin described as a ‘game of two halves’.

James Ishmail gave them a half-time lead, but a second-half double from Dumebi GB-Dumaka helped promotion-chasing Swifts record the victory.

And the Boro boss admits the decision to move the fixture from Tuesday to Wednesday caused more problems than he expected.

“A couple of boys had to work and the physio was at a Beyonce concert, so that made things a bit difficult!” said Martin.

“I didn’t predict or think anyone had any other plans instead of playing football, but there we go, we’ve got the squad and we dealt with it.

“I thought we looked really good for our 1-0 lead at the break, but it was a game of two halves and with them scoring shortly after the break, it gave them a lift.

“We then fell behind and had to go for it, having one cleared off the line, but then they have gone straight up the other end and scored.

“They opened us up well, but it’s always a hard place to go and pick anything up at.”

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