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Ryman North: Romford has a ‘Magic’ formula says boss Paul Martin ahead of 450th match

PUBLISHED: 16:00 18 November 2016

Romford manager Paul Martin (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Romford manager Paul Martin (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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After Saturday’s clash with Great Wakering Rovers, Boro manager will prepare for his milestone fixture against Bowers & Pitsea on Wednesday

Paul Martin believes there is something very special about Romford Football Club ahead of preparing for his 450th match in charge this week.

The Boro boss will take his team to lowly Great Wakering Rovers for a Ryman North fixture tomorrow (Saturday), before he celebrates his landmark occasion against Bowers & Pitsea at Ship Lane next Wednesday.

And what would make Martin’s milestone even sweeter is if Romford can make it three wins in a row to help them move up the table.

He said: “I saw Jimmy McFarlane (Hornchurch manager) celebrating his 400th the other week and I did think ‘I can’t be far away from a landmark myself’.

“I believe I’m the longest-serving manager in the Ryman North now, so it’s great to be only 40 and have those achievements. Matt Toms made his 175th appearance for us on Saturday at Sudbury so that’s another.

“There is something special about Romford. It just makes people stick together and it is just a shame we don’t always get the praise and credit we deserve.”

Martin certainly deserves plaudits for his upcoming landmark having first taken charge of Romford in January 2008, against London APSA, and leading them to the Essex Senior League title in 2009.

He has established the club in the Ryman League, despite regularly losing players to rival clubs with more finances, and the current crop have helped their manager create history recently by breaking their longest undefeated record at home.

Boro have not lost on their own turf since a 2-0 reverse against Maldon back in March, a run of 16 matches in all competitions.

They are unbeaten at home in 12 matches this season and would equal another record if they avoid defeat against Bowers.

Martin’s men are currently 20th in the table after Wednesday’s important 1-0 win over Waltham Abbey and the Romford boss is determined to see them move further away from the relegation places.

He added: “We’ve got to concentrate on Great Wakering and it doesn’t matter if it is my 300th, 400th or whatever game it is, I always just want three points.

“It doesn’t matter what occasion it is, it’s all down to the team and I’m hoping we can get two results this week and move up the table.

“We’ve got a few games in hand coming up and we could do with getting a few wins from them. If we can get that this week it will allow us all to relax.

“I’m pleased with the group we have got and they are good lads. They are learning all the time and they will definitely get better the more games they play.”

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