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Romford hoping to cap off 2017 with a victory against Norwich United

PUBLISHED: 10:00 29 December 2017

Romford have signed former Barking striker Jay Knight (pic Terry Gilbert)

Romford have signed former Barking striker Jay Knight (pic Terry Gilbert)

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Romford will be hoping to pick up some points to round off 2017 as they face fellow strugglers Norwich United.

Boro welcome the in-form Planters, who have only lost one in their last six Bostik North matches, to Ship Lane on Saturday (3pm).

Paul Martin’s men will then travel to take on mid-table Grays Athletic at Parkside on New Year’s Day (Monday, 3pm).

“To be quite honest, it’s not the greatest time to play Norwich, they’re unbeaten of late and got themselves out of the mixing pot,” said Martin.

“Norwich is not going to be an easy game, it wasn’t an easy game when we went there and it may seem like I keep repeating myself, but you can’t predict anything in this league.

“They’ve got a lot of fire power, they work hard for one another, and I’m not going to lie, they’re probably a better team at home than away so that’s a positive for us.

“We’ve just got to throw everything at them and hope for the best, which we’ve been trying to do lately, but sometimes you just don’t get that luck.”

Romford have failed to win on a 4G pitch under manager Martin and will be hoping to change their fortunes against Grays at Aveley.

“I’ve watched Grays once or twice at their place, they’re very comfortable on the ball,” he added.

“On 4G I don’t think we’ve ever won a league game or a cup game since I’ve been in charge so that’s one goal up to them already if you look at it that way.

“We’ve just got to plug away and this is no disrespect to anyone but we should be bottom of the league every year, I don’t like it and don’t want to be bottom of the league and I never have been so I’ll make sure I turn this form guide around.”

The boss also revealed the club will make changes in the New Year if their fortunes fail to turn round on the back of signing striker Jay Knight from Barking this week.

“We’re probably going to give it one or two more games and if we don’t get the results we want up to the New Year, then we’ll just have to start again and rebuild, and hopefully just say we’ve got 20-odd games to go and we need strengthen the squad as much as we can,” he added.

“We’re massively on the look out for two centre forwards at the minute and we’ve only got one goalkeeper, so we need to strengthen in both of those areas.”

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