Romford facing tricky week but hope to cause an upset

PUBLISHED: 10:00 20 January 2018

Romford's Connor Hammond chases down Ware's Louis Brown (Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Romford's Connor Hammond chases down Ware's Louis Brown (Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Romford face a huge week as they look to get themselves back on track in the Bostik North and cause an upset in the Essex Senior Cup semi-final.

Romford manager Paul Martin disputes a decision (Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo) Romford manager Paul Martin disputes a decision (Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Boro will make the trip down the A127 to face second-placed Bowers & Pitsea at the The Len Salmon Stadium on Saturday (3pm) and will be keen to get back to winning ways after their four-game run was halted by a 2-0 defeat to fellow strugglers Ware on Wednesday.

Paul Martin’s men currently sit second from bottom in the league table and he admits they will need to be much better to come away with anything from promotion-chasing Bowers.

“We certainly don’t want to turn up like we played against Ware, as if we do against Bowers we’re going to get beat four or five-nil,” he said.

“It might be a godsend, we might bounce back like we have against other teams this year.”

Boro will come up against a few familiar faces in the shape of Jamie Dicks, Callum Chafer and Ryan Boswell this weekend.

“I see Jamie quite a lot anyway, I think he’s following me as I keep bumping into him everywhere,” Martin joked.

“I see ‘Dicko’ quite a lot, obviously I haven’t seen Boswell since he left the club, and I’ve probably seen Callum once or twice.

“I don’t care on Saturday, there is no mates when the game is on, but if we win or lose I’ll be talking to them and having a drink after but I certainly won’t be praising them and clapping them on the pitch.”

Martin also believes Bowers’ big budget has helped Rob Small build a strong squad, including some of his former players.

“They’ve got a good budget and he knows he can get whatever player he wants to bring to the club,” he added.

“He’s been very clever, he knows we’ve had two or three good players at this club, and he’s obviously gone and fished to get them in.

“Pre-season early doors they went and got Callum and Ryan Mallet in, then Jamie Dicks early in the season.

“He’s been box clever, but when you’ve got money you can do that.”

Romford will also travel to the AGP Arena to face big-spending Billericay Town in the Essex Senior Cup semi-final on Thursday and Martin added: “I’m looking forward to it, but at the end of the day that’s just a bonus this year, as we didn’t expect to get this far.”


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