Bostik North: All the pressure is on Norwich United and Cheshunt, says Romford manager Paul Martin
PUBLISHED: 13:00 30 March 2018 | UPDATED: 17:33 30 March 2018
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Boro are predicted to go down every season, but relegation rivals Norwich United and Cheshunt have a lot more expected of them
Paul Martin has turned up the heat on Romford’s relegation rivals Cheshunt and Norwich United by insisting all the pressure is on those two clubs to make sure they stay up.
It has been well-documented how Boro do not have a budget to help bring players in, while most other sides in the Bostik North have the luxury of doing so.
With Romford expected to go down every campaign, Martin feels heading into the final month of the season, the expectations of Cheshunt (22nd) and Norwich (23rd) are higher than his team.
Martin said: “I’ve tried to explain to the players there is no pressure on us. The pressure is on Cheshunt and Norwich to keep matching our results.
“We are bottom so we can’t go any lower and we’ve just got to go out and enjoy ourselves as much as we can and try to pick up points from now until the end of the season and see where it takes us.
“I do think there is more pressure on Cheshunt and Norwich and look at Norwich, they have just got Matt Blake on loan from Leiston for a month and that is an unbelievable signing to make.
“Four of their players have just signed new contracts as well and I don’t think my boys have ever heard of a contract, so you can see how hard it is for us and obviously Cheshunt can bring people in if they need to.
“I think there is going to be more pressure on those two over the next couple of games and hopefully we can only be one or two points behind Norwich when we play them on April 11. If that’s the case I think we will have a good chance of staying up.”
Romford will hope to enjoy a strong Easter period which will take them into clashes at Ware (April 7) and at home to Norwich with confidence.
First up for Boro is a trip to Soham Town Rangers on Saturday, before they host Grays Athletic on Easter Monday (April 2).
Both clubs have little to play for with relegation and the play-offs looking out of the question and Martin said: “Soham Town are a very strong and physical team.
“Robbie Mason is a player I’ve been up against over the years and now he is the manager over there. If he can get them playing the way he plays, we will be up against it and it is a hard place to go anyway.
“I don’t think I have the best of track records there. It is not the nicest of grounds, but at the end of the day they have their own ground and we don’t!
“They are mid-table and safe for another season, so if they take their foot off the pedal it would help us and be a bonus.
“But we have just set ourselves a target of trying to remain unbeaten between now and the end of the season and we will see where it takes us come April 28.”
After facing Soham, assuming the weather doesn’t force it to be postponed, Boro will entertain Grays.
Martin’s men have struggled for victories this season, but did beat the Blues away from home (2-1) on January 1 and repeated the trick nine days later in the Essex Senior Cup (1-0).
The Boro boss added: “Hopefully Soham is on and then we have Grays on Monday and we don’t know what will happen there.
“We have beaten them twice already this season, so maybe we are their bogey team and it will be three wins!
“They are a very good side, we know that, but they are not fighting off relegation and the play-offs look a bit off and that’s the same for Soham as well.
“Our next two games are against teams with nothing to play for, so hopefully they might tinker with their starting XI and it will give us a bit more of a chance.
“When you look at Cheshunt’s win over Brentwood, I think it was Brentwood’s third game in five days, so Cheshunt had a bit of a touch playing them at that time, so we could do with something like that soon. There are a lot of twists and turns.”
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