Biggest test yet for Boro

PUBLISHED: 16:30 13 February 2015

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

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

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Martin: A massive clash with ‘Side

Maldon celebrate their second goal against Romford (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)Maldon celebrate their second goal against Romford (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Romford manager Paul Martin has called on his players to get a win when they host Barkingside in a pivotal match at Ship Lane in the battle to remain in the Ryman North tomorrow (Saturday).

Boro dropped into the bottom three this week after their rivals achieved two excellent victories.

Barkingside manager Matt Frew (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)Barkingside manager Matt Frew (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

But Martin is hopeful his team will start getting the rub of the green.

“It is a massive relegation game on Saturday and they have just won three on the spin so it looks all good for them now, but a week ago it didn’t,” he said.

“If we don’t turn up we are going to be struggling for the rest of the season.

“I watched Barkingside’s second goal against Heybridge Swifts the other night and it has bobbled about three times before going in!

“They are getting a bit of luck now and we need to take that off them.

“I just hope whoever is sticking pins into a voodoo doll can ease off over the next few weeks.”

Martin acknowledged that various members of Matt Frew’s current team are players he once deemed not good enough for Romford so is sure they will be eager to show he was wrong.

But he knows a couple of victories will make things look better for Boro.

“We have to play six teams in the bottom eight so that’s a positive and we just need a few wins,” added Martin.

“Three victories, like Barkingside have just got, and we are right back in the melting pot again.

“They have a few suspensions and people missing for Saturday, but at the end of the day they are playing with confidence and we are not.

“Matt has a lot of players who I have released because I didn’t think they were good enough at the time, so they have a point to prove as well.”

A relegation battle is something Martin isn’t familiar with, but he is up for the battle, adding: “This is a new experience for me and the club.

“But we have something to play for and we have to make sure we don’t drop into Essex Senior League.”

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