Romford ‘must be ready’ for Royston FA Cup test

Martin: it’s not an easy tie for us

Romford manager Paul Martin will draw some comfort from his side’s three-game unbeaten run as they focus on the FA Cup this weekend.

Boro picked up Ryman One North points from games against Soham Town (3-3) and Thamesmead (2-2) at the weekend and welcome Royston Town to Mill Field on Sunday (1.30pm).

The winners will earn �1,500 in prize money and a first qualifying round tie at Cheshunt or Southend Manor on September 17 and Martin said: “I went and watched Royston on Tuesday and if we’re not on our game there will be an upset.

“I thought they had to be watched after winning four out of four and we’ve got to be firing on all cylinders.

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“They’re organised, have got a lot of pace and it’s not going to be an easy tie for us.

“If some of our players don’t turn up, we’ll be looking at an early exit, which will be disappointing after our good run last year.

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“I’ve got to make sure all the boys are ok for Sunday and stay off the beer on Saturday!”

Boro have doubts over Hyun-Jin Lee (ankle) and Nick Reynolds (dead leg), but have resigned Joe Bingham.

And Martin would just like to see a dull 1-0 win from his side, adding: “All the games at the moment are wide open. They’ve been end-to-end with no-one shutting up shop.

“They must be entertaining for the fans, but they’re a heart attack waiting to happen for managers!”

Romford’s under-18s have an FA Youth Cup tie against Cheshunt on Wednesday.

Hornchurch head to Met Police on ‘Non-League Day’ tomorrow (Saturday) in desperate need of some Ryman Premier Division points after three successive losses.

Urchins were beaten 2-0 at home by Horsham last weekend, after losing goalie Darren Behcet to injury, and conceded a lasp-gasp winner at Lowestoft on Monday.

Manager Jimmy McFarlane has been happy with his side’s performances, but acknowledges they need to start getting results.

He said: “It’s going to be a tough one at Met Police, but we need three points.

“They’ve had a better start than us and I’ll be having a look at them to get more of an idea of what they’re about.

“We’ve got to put a run together. We know what this league is about, but there have been some funny results.

“Our turn will come – we’ll be alright.”

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