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Boro boss is forced to shuffle his pack already

PUBLISHED: 08:30 01 August 2014

Romford boss Paul Martin Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO

Romford boss Paul Martin Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO

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Injury woe for Martin

Romford’s Paul Martin admits it is far from ideal preparation with injuries mounting up already ahead of the new Ryman One North season, writes Colin Munford.

The Boro boss saw his side beaten 4-3 by Cray Valley in a physical match with injuries picked up by Ryan Imbert, Robbie Norris and Jamie Dicks in the encounter.

And while Martin has no complaints about the nature of the pre-season friendly, he will have to draft in trialists for their remaining friendly at Essex Olympian League side Frenford Senior tomorrow (Saturday), after a clash with Hoddesdon Town last night (Thursday).

“It felt like a proper league game on Tuesday night, with a lot of rash tackles flying in,” said Martin.

“We picked up three injuries from the game and that’s never nice, but it’s football, you have got to expect it and you would rather have a game at that tempo than how it was at the weekend in the tournament.”

Martin had admitted he was beginning to ‘panic’ after their performances last weekend as the finished third in a four-team ‘Millers Challenge Invitational’ tournament at Aveley.

However, he was much more positive after Tuesday night’s showing, despite the defeat.

Boro came from 3-1 down to level it at 3-3, thanks to goals from Jack Barry, Imbert and Nick Reynolds, before conceding with the last kick of the game.

“It was a decent game and Cray Valley looked like a very good side,” he added.

“It was a lovely pitch and that seemed to help some of the boys, compared to when they were struggling on the pitch at the weekend.

“But there were a lot more positives out there for us, asides from the injuries.”

Martin takes his side to The Drive tomorrow and he expects a tough test against the Essex Olympian League outfit.

“It’s a good standard and the likes of Reece Tranter and Tom Richardson have come from that level,” added Martin.

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