Romford’s new faces means a fresh start for boss Martin

PUBLISHED: 15:00 16 February 2018

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

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

©TGS Photo +44 1376 553468

Romford manager Paul Martin believes new faces means a bit of a fresh start for him as his side look to dig themselves out a rut.

Boro will make the trip to Waltham Abbey on Saturday (3pm) as they look to end a seven-game losing streak in all competitions by causing an upset against the mid-table club.

Martin’s currently sit second from bottom in the Bostik North, one point ahead of basement club Cheshunt, and the manager is hoping his eight new recruits this week will help give them something new.

“It’s nice as when you bring new players in as it’s a fresh start, they come in and want to listen to you a little more than your old school boys, who have been with me a long time.

“We had to do something and it’s still not perfect yet.”

The long-serving boss is under no illusions of the task they face against 16th-place Abbey and praised the depth they have in their squad.

“I can roll it off my tongue how many good players they’ve got but I’ve been in this league long enough to know all their players.

“They’ve got a very good way of playing and they do play some very good football, but we don’t know what’s going to happen as we don’t know what team I’m going to have as we’re a bit Jekyll and Hyde at the minute.”

Martin admits they are deservedly in a relegation fight and they must start all chipping in to get results.

“We are where we are because of the results and we just not scoring goals, you can’t keep relying on forwards to score goals, you need your left-back, right-back, centre halves to nick a goal from a corner, your wingers and midfielders, but no one seems to be finding the net.

“It just goes to show our top goal scorer (Jonathan Nzengo) is on eight goals and he’s a right winger.

“We know it’s not good enough, my hands are tied a little bit on that side of things, but at the end of the day we’ve just got to keep plugging away and hopefully keep matching other team’s around us.

“It all depends who has the harder fixtures and who has the more grit and determination not to go down.”


Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Romford Recorder visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Romford Recorder staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Romford Recorder account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest Romford Sports News

58 minutes ago

Stand-in Essex captain Tom Westley admitted his side were outplayed by Nottinghamshire in their County Championship defeat at Chelmsford.


Which one of these four players is England’s greatest right midfielder of all time?


Lakeside Hammers stormed to their biggest win of the campaign with a breathtaking home success over Scunthorpe on Saturday.


Half-centuries from Hamza Muhammad and Saf Imtiaz saw Ilford to victory over Hornchurch in the Shepherd Neame Essex League Premier Division.

Yesterday, 17:28

Belgium and Tunisia have met on three previous occasions in all competitions, with a win apiece and a draw. The encounters have been tight affairs, with victories decided by one-goal margins, but today’s match didn’t follow the same trend.

Yesterday, 13:01

Nottinghamshire required just an hour and three-quarters on the fourth morning of the Specsavers County Championship game at Chelmsford to remove the last six Essex wickets and claim victory.

Yesterday, 12:57

Lakeside Hammers team boss Will Pottinger admits his side have “momentum” after a nail-biting away win at Scunthorpe on Friday night.

Yesterday, 12:00

Gareth Southgate’s promising young England side look ready to make a mark on the world stage and help atone for the disappointments of recent tournaments.


The next step in renewable energy could be right beneath your feet as you walk through a Romford shopping centre.

There are many reasons people decide to join a gym. Some want to pack on muscle for strength, train for endurance, or lose weight. But did you know it also does wonders for your mental health? Two members at Romford’s Better Gym in the Market Place talk about their personal fitness journey and the importance of replacing bad habits with good ones.

Sean Watson, director at the family-run St Michaels Homes which runs Howard Lodge and Dudbrook Hall, answers the common questions people have about care homes.

Newsletter Sign Up

Romford Recorder twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read sport

Show Job Lists

News from your area

Digital Edition


Enjoy the
Romford Recorder
e-edition today


Education and Training


Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now