Romford manager Paul Martin expects squad players to impress in Ryman League Cup against Chatham Town
15:00 19 October 2016
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Boro back the in competition after a breach of rules by division rivals Thamesmead Town
Romford manager Paul Martin is looking for some of his squad players to impress in the Ryman League Cup tonight (Wednesday).
The Ryman North outfit play host to Ryman South side Chatham Town in the second round at Ship Lane.
Boro lost a seven-goal thriller to Thamesmead Town in the previous round on September 13, but were reinstated after a breach of rules by division rivals Mead.
“We always talk about the Ryman League Cup and realistically it is not something we are going to win,” said Martin.
“That’s no disrespect to the competition but it’s a chance for me to give minutes to some of the squad.
“It keeps them happy and gives them an opportunity to show me why they should be playing.”
After a hectic couple of weeks in terms of away trips, Martin is also happy to be at home this evening.
Romford have already travelled to Bury Town, Molesey and Cheshunt in October and are pleased to be playing the tie at Ship Lane.
Martin added: “You can get a bad draw and have to do a long trip during the week in this cup so I’m happy we’re at home.
“We have done some travelling recently with Bury then Molesey and Cheshunt, but Chatham will come to us and have a new manager.
“I thought we performed well in the previous round at Thamesmead and gave some of the young lads a go.
“It is nice to have another game because it allows me to keep all of the squad happy and if we do win we are into the last 16 so that’s a bonus.”
After Romford’s clash at home this evening, they’ll be back on the road twice before the end of October.
Witham Town are up next in the league on Saturday and the following weekend Boro visit Horsham in the next round of the FA Trophy.
Martin added: “It looks a winnable game away to Horesham in the same league as Molesey who we beat before.
“I think Molesey defeated Horesham and we won at Molesey so that’s encouraging and a decent draw.
“When we get teams the same level it is much better rather than getting a Ryman Premier team like Harlow Town who we played in the FA Cup.”
First is a Ryman League Cup tie and Romford will aim to keep up their encouraging run against Chatham having won six of the nine games they’ve played against each other.