Romford manager Martin faces selection headache ahead of two tough tests
PUBLISHED: 12:00 25 August 2017
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Romford manager Paul Martin faces a selection headache ahead of two tough Bostik North games this weekend.
Martin and his Boro side host Tilbury tomorrow (Saturday) and also travel to Bridge Avenue to face local rivals AFC Hornchurch on Bank Holiday Monday.
“We’re down to our bare bones a little bit, so we might need to look at bringing another forward in,” he said.
“Nick Reynolds is away for 10 days, Michael Gooch is away for seven days, Daniel (Akande) done his medial knee ligament Saturday, so he’s out for two to three months, Ayo (Olukoga) looks like he’s going to be laid up for another couple of weeks.
“Young Craig (Jeakins) who hasn’t featured for us yet has still got a chest infection as well, so there’s a little bit of work to do.”
The boss praised Tilbury for their start to the season and knows they’ll be a tricky opponent with their current form.
“They’ve started very well and they’re always a good side,” Martin said.
“They work hard, a bit like us, but they’ve got a lot of quality as well.”
Martin also admitted they have some top talent, but believes it’s just about which side shows up on the afternoon at Ship Lane.
“I look at every player in this league as a danger, but there are a few old faces in there, Tony Martin, Kurt Smith, who used to play for me.
“They’re very strong going forward, they’ve got a couple of new defenders in, which look strong enough and they got a good result against Canvey Island.
“It all depends who turns up on the day and after 90 minutes whoever has worked hard enough and taken their chances, is going to come away with the points.”
The Boro boss believes the Urchins will be in for a match on Bank Holiday Monday and knows they’ll be up for the challenge.
“We know a lot about managers and how they set up, but it’s not always going to win us games knowing everything, it’s whether the players are disciplined on the pitch and do their jobs.
“Hornchurch will know they’re going to be in for a game, but they’re tipped as one of the teams to win the league this year and they’ve won three on the spin and they’ll be going in with confidence against us.”