Boro up for league fight

PUBLISHED: 18:00 23 January 2015

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

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

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Martin: We are battling relegation

Romford manager Paul Martin has acknowledged his side are now in a scrap to remain in the Ryman North this season.

Boro have struggled for consistency all campaign and find themselves just two places above the relegation zone ahead of this weekend’s crucial clash with local rivals Redbridge at Oakside.

And although they have an eight point advantage over Barkingside, who occupy 22nd position, Martin is taking nothing for granted.

On Saturday (tomorrow) they face the Motormen, who are one point and one place about Boro in the table.

Therefore it is crucial Romford don’t allow their local rivals to edge further away from the drop.

“I have called it a relegation battle now and we need to make sure we don’t slip up against Redbridge this weekend,” insisted Martin.

“I don’t like being down there, but we are in a battle to survive now.

“I have told the players we don’t want to be playing Essex Senior League football next season and we don’t deserve to be either.”

Martin says he will be watching Barkingside’s result even more closely than usual, as Matt Frew’s team have four games in hand over the Ship Lane outfit.

But he also admitted the relegation battle should add more excitement to their season.

“It is a bit strange to say it and I am sure the supporters won’t like it, but it is a bit more exciting knowing you need to fight for something,” added Martin.

“I am confident we will get clear of it and there’s 17 more games to go so lots of points to play for.

“There is seven or eight teams in it, as long as the bottom two – Burnham Ramblers and Cray Wanderers – keep losing, so we are all fighting to stay out of that one place.

“But if Barkingside start winning their games in hand then ourselves and Chatham Town will need to start looking over our shoulders.”

Martin also revealed the club were still waiting to hear more developments on their proposed move to build a new home at Westlands.

But the Boro boss conceded at the moment his immediate priority is survival, adding: “I have not heard anything about the ground.

“I wouldn’t be able to tell you if there is a positive or negative update. But I am concentrating on keeping us in the league, that is my main focus.”

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