Romford want to finish in style

Romford manager Paul Martin gives the thumbs-up (Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Romford manager Paul Martin gives the thumbs-up (Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO) - Credit: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO

Martin: We owe it to Barry

Romford boss Paul Martin wants his side to finish the season on a high in memory of supporter Barry Quantrill, who tragically passed away last week.

A minute’s silence was observed before Boro’s 1-0 win over Needham Market in midweek and they are due to welcome Waltham Forest to Ship Lane tomorrow (Saturday).

Martin said: “It was a big shock when I first heard the news and the players were taken aback as well.

“Having seem him all the time on the terraces it really hits you hard when you realise he isn’t there, but the boys went out and did it for Barry on Wednesday. We owe it to him to finish the season well.”

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Boro are unbeaten in five matches and sit in ninth place on 57 points, the total they finished with last season.

But Martin is not sure what to expect against Waltham Forest, adding: “Waltham Forest are always an awkward side as you never know what you’re up against.

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“It’s a difficult team to set your stall out against, but a point will take us over last year’s total and our goal is to always improve year upon year.”

With that in mind, Martin has set his men a new target of finishing above local rivals Brentwood, who they visit on the last day of the season (April 27).

He added: “You have got to try and keep the interest going in the season so that it spurs the players on to perform.

“It would be nice to go into that game within a point or three and make it a bit of a cup final.”

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