Romford aim to move out of relegation zone

Romford manager Paul Martin (pic: George Phillipou/TGSPHOTO)

Romford manager Paul Martin (pic: George Phillipou/TGSPHOTO) - Credit: George Phillipou/TGSPHOTO

Boro manager Paul Martin discusses battle to beat the drop and this evening’s fixture

Romford boss Paul Martin is looking for his side to beat Maldon & Tiptree tonight at Ship Lane and in the process move out of the bottom three in the Ryman North.

Victories for Barkingside and Redbridge this week, alongside Boro’s 6-2 loss to Needham Market on Saturday, mean they find themselves in the relegation places.

It isn’t something Martin and his team are familiar with, but he is hopeful they will move out of the bottom three with a victory over the Jammers this evening.

He said: “It is amazing how tight it is at the bottom. Redbridge get a win against Soham Town Rangers yesterday and Barkingside beat them as well, but we conceded in the 90th minute to lose to them and that is how it has gone this season.

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“We gave a good account of ourselves in the second half at Needham Market and if the boys turn up and put in a good performance tonight it will be happy days. We have a chance to take points off a team that is around us in the table.

“I think Maldon are on 37 points and we are on 31, but we have a game in hand so it is a matter of digging our heels in and grinding out a few results now.”

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Romford’s form since November has been poor and they have registered just one victory throughout the months of December, January and February.

Martin added: “At the moment we are having a bad season. It was always going to come sooner or later, and it is unfortunate that it has happened when a few more teams have come into the league.

“But two wins in our last 14 games isn’t good enough for me as a manager and isn’t good enough for us as a squad.

“The positive is we are creating chances now and we are scoring a few goals so it needs to turn soon.

“I have a few bodies back tonight. I have lost a few as well who can’t get out of work, but that is the life of a non-league manager.”

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