Boro bid for a big double

PUBLISHED: 15:00 20 March 2015

Romford manager Paul Martin (left) and assistant manager Alex Goldstone (right) (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Romford manager Paul Martin (left) and assistant manager Alex Goldstone (right) (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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Goldstone: Games are winnable

Romford manager Paul Martin (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)Romford manager Paul Martin (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Romford host Heybridge Swifts and Barkingside this week and assistant manager Alex Goldstone believes they are “both winnable games”.

Boro continued their fine form with impressive draws against Aveley and Wroxham to extend their unbeaten run to three matches.

Abs Seymour of Romford tries to get beyond the Chatham defence (pic: Ray Lawrence/TGSPHOTO)Abs Seymour of Romford tries to get beyond the Chatham defence (pic: Ray Lawrence/TGSPHOTO)

That has helped Paul Martin’s team move out of the relegation places and two points clear of Barkingside.

But their first focus is on Heybridge, who visit Ship Lane tomorrow (Saturday), and Goldstone believes it is crucial they try and drag as many teams as possible back into the survival battle. And that is what Romford are aiming to do this weekend.

“We can still drag them down if they lose a couple of games,” said Goldstone.

“It is an important match for them as well as us. If we can get three points we bring them closer.

“Obviously when you beat teams around you, it enables you to drag them back down so it is important for us to beat the teams around us.”

Whilst Swifts may just be out of reach for Romford, Barkingside are a direct opponent in the battle to stay up.

The two teams have a great relationship, though, and neither would like to see the other go down.

But Goldstone admits Wednesday’s clash is a huge game for Boro.

“Barkingside are just below us and have got two games in hand,” he added.

“There is a two-point gap between us so a win is only going to be good for us and it is a massive match.

“But we are going to concentrate on Heybridge first, because they are coming up first.

“We will be looking at Barkingside, though, because these are both winnable games for us.”

Martin might have to shuffle his pack again, after he was forced to play midfielder Abs Seymour at left-back and forward Nick Reynolds in central defence on Wednesday after Jamie Byrne suffered a nasty head injury against Wroxham.

Goldstone conceded the 21-year-old is now unlikely to be ready for the game with Heybridge.

“I doubt Jamie will be okay for Saturday,” he added. “He had quite a big gash. Our physio Kate Thwaites taped it up pretty well and stopped the bleeding. But I very much doubt he will be available.”

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