Ryman North: Romford boss Paul Martin seeks overdue victory at local rivals Tilbury
PUBLISHED: 14:00 31 March 2017
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Martin will be without several experienced players at Chadfields and may give a couple of teenagers a chance
Paul Martin is looking for Romford to end their poor record at Tilbury tomorrow (Saturday) by claiming all three points at Chadfields.
Boro have struggled against the Dockers in recent seasons, but did win 1-0 against them earlier in the season at Ship Lane.
The last time Romford won at Chadfields, however, was four years ago exactly on Saturday – a 2-1 victory on April 1 2013.
“Tilbury is a tough ground to visit and it isn’t in the greatest of condition plus we don’t have a good record there,” said Martin.
“But form doesn’t really matter this season and it is all about who shows up on the day and wants it more.
“I am definitely not relaxing even if we are safe and anybody at our place on Saturday would have seen that.”
Romford beat Bury 1-0 last weekend to move to within a point of the top half despite not being at their best.
A regular theme for Boro is for them to end the campaign strongly and do well during the final two months of the season.
Martin is fully aware their final five fixtures are tough, but is desperate to finish in 12th place or higher.
He added: “The last seven seasons our form always seems to pick up from March onwards and we always do well.
“When most other clubs switch off, I always want us to try and get as many points as we possibly can.
“I want a top-half finish and Bury Town drawing at Aveley on Monday helped us and if we win this weekend we could go level on points with Bury.”
The Romford boss may have a couple of new faces in his squad on Saturday with several experienced players unavailable.
With Boro safe now for another season, preparations are already beginning for the 2017/18 campaign.
Martin said: “We have been looking at a couple of youngsters over the last few weeks and look set to sign them.
“They are a couple of 16-year-olds who have looked good and we are hoping to have them involved at Tilbury.
“I have seen them in Sunday League, so we are trying to get something sorted with them before Saturday.”
After this weekend, Romford travel to leaders Brightlingsea Regent on April 8 where they will face old boy Tom Richardson.
The Boro boss revealed the squad will be getting a coach to North Road on Saturday week thanks to one of their supporters.
“We didn’t have enough money to pay for a coach to Brightlingsea, so one of the fans has coughed up the cash,” said Martin.
“They did the same for us at the start of the season as well and you won’t find many other supporters doing that.”