Romford looking to maintain momentum at Maldon after booking cup tie at Billericay
PUBLISHED: 17:00 12 January 2018
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Romford travel to high-flying Maldon & Tiptree on the back of some record-breaking cup success this weekend.
Boro will make the trip to the Wallace Binder Ground on Saturday (3pm) after reaching the Essex Senior Cup semi-final for the first time in 41 years.
Paul Martin’s men have now won four of their last five matches, but the manager admits they must stay grounded in their Bostik North relegation battle.
“Everyone has a run and to be quite honest this might be our run and you know it’s going to come to an end sooner or later,” said Martin.
“If we can get another nine points on the board in this month as we’ve still got eight games to go, I’d probably be very happy as we’ve still got Maldon, Bowers, Hornchurch and Canvey.
“I think we’ve got the top five teams this month but it’s probably a good chance for us now to play them while we’re on form.
“We’ve just got to work hard as sometimes work ethic is better than quality and that’s how we’ve been grinding out results lately.”
Martin praised The Jammers’ squad depth and the run they are currently on in Bostik North as they look to chase down leaders Hornchurch.
“They’re unbeaten for probably eight or nine games. I think they drew on Tuesday night, and I think it was six on the spin before that,” he added.
“We’ve played them and beat them in the cup this season, but their movement on the ball and their decision-making is fantastic.
“They’ve got a quality squad, but we can’t give them any respect, we’ve got to go out and get in their faces, work hard and see what we can get out of it.
“They’ve lost their main forward Junior Ogedi-Uzokwe but they’ve signed a new forward Oluwole Akinsanya who got two on Tuesday, so that isn’t a bad replacement is it.
“Their whole squad is very disciplined and probably too good for this level, really they should be top of this league or thereabouts every season.”
Boro bagged an away semi-final at Billericay Town in the Essex Senior Cup after a 1-0 victory against Grays Athletic at Ship Lane on Wednesday.
“You can’t respect them, you’ve got to go out and try to play a game,” said Martin. “We’ve played Dagenham and Colchester over the years and it’s a big uphill battle but you never know, in cup games anything can happen.”