Boss Martin looking to end Romford's long winless run soon ahead of crunch games

PUBLISHED: 14:30 08 December 2017

Romford manager Paul Martin (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

Romford manager Paul Martin (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

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Romford boss Paul Martin says his side have to start picking up points soon.

Romford manager Paul Martin issues instructions (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)Romford manager Paul Martin issues instructions (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Boro are four points adrift at the bottom of the Bostik North table with just nine points from 19 fixtures and travel to mid-table Hertford Town on Saturday.

And Martin is already looking beyond that in his search for more points, as his side face Mildenhall Town, Cheshunt and Tilbury in coming weeks – who all sit in the bottom seven at present.

“It’s a very tough game on Saturday against a very organised, well-drilled and good footballing team. I know a lot of their players so it’s not going to be easy,” warned Martin.

“After that we’ve got some big games coming up with teams around us and we’ve got to start taking points.”

A run of 16 matches without a league win, following a 2-1 home loss to Waltham Abbey on Saturday, has left Romford struggling for confidence and ideas, but Martin believes they must hope things change soon.

“We haven’t been able to bounce back from defeat in any of the last 16 league games. There’s not an answer I can give you,” he added.

“We’ve just got to keep doing what we’ve been doing, get some luck and score two or three more goals to win a game.”

The strugglers are also in desperate need of a few new faces and Martin is keen to bring them in as soon as possible.

“We need to strengthen up. We’re always going to be looking for players until we find the right balance,” he said.

It has been a different story for Romford in cup competitions.

As well as reaching the last eight of the Essex Senior Cup, where they will host Grays, Boro visit Bostik Premier side Metropolitan Police in the Velocity Trophy on Tuesday.

And despite the higher league opposition Martin plans to rotate his team, adding: “The cups we’re in are cups where you can tinker with the team, put in a new formation and bring in a couple of players who haven’t had many minutes on the pitch.

“So it’s a chance for them to impress myself so they can get themselves back in the first team or the starting line-up.”

Despite tough opposition and a changed team the Boro boss hasn’t given up hope of an upset.

“They’re managed by a good friend of mine, Jim Cooper. They have nice facilities but are miles out of our league, but you never know on the night,” he said.

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