Bostik North: Romford boss Paul Martin has sights set on early Christmas gift and treble over Tilbury
PUBLISHED: 14:00 22 December 2017
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The Ship Lane club visit Chadfields this weekend before a crunch clash with local rivals Hornchurch on December 27
Paul Martin is hoping to give the loyal Romford fans some early festive cheer by winning away to Tilbury this weekend.
Boro travel to Chadfields with lots of confidence after ending their poor run in the Bostik North on Tuesday by defeating Cheshunt 4-2 at Theobalds Lane.
Prior to that result, Romford were on a 17-game streak without a win in the division, but if they can get another victory away to the Dockers, it may move them off the bottom.
“I’ve got a terrible record at Tilbury, but we’ve got the better of them twice this season in the league and Velocity Trophy, so hopefully we can do the hat-trick on Saturday and enjoy Christmas a little bit more,” said Martin.
“We celebrated Tuesday’s win because it had been a long time coming, but we had been playing well enough to win and it was only a matter of time when we were going to take our chances.
“Our downfall has been missing opportunities and at Cheshunt we created eight good chances and we have taken four where as before we would have eight, score one, but lose 2-1, so I was pleased about the victory.”
As Martin mentioned, it was an overdue win in the Bostik North as although Romford had won plenty of cup games in recent months, they hadn’t claimed all three points in the league since August 26 before Tuesday’s result.
Goals from Jonathan Nzengo, Garrett Kelly, Chris Taylor and Carlos Djalo earned Romford a 4-2 success at Cheshunt, but everyone played their part to help raise spirits following a disappointing 1-1 draw at home to Mildenhall Town last Saturday.
With confidence now high, the Ship Lane outfit will look to get another positive result away to Tilbury this weekend before hosting Jimmy McFarlane’s Hornchurch next Wednesday (December 27, 7.45pm kick-off).
“I wanted it moved back, so I asked Jim if we could as all families want to spend Boxing Day together,” said Martin.
“Football is our life, but we do all have families and it is hard sometimes and we will probably get a bigger crowd with it a day later and especially being a derby.
“It is probably a bit cheeky from me, but I do think we are better in the evening kick-offs as well, so we have a chance now of getting a result under the lights.
“Jim will look at it and will not want to meet us on a bit of a high, but a lot of teams still respect us and don’t like to face us.”
Martin wants to see Romford go on a positive run now and follow in the footsteps of Barking and Witham with the former going 12 games without a defeat and the latter winning four games out of five last month.
He added: “I’m hoping now we might go and do what Barking have done recently or what Witham did last month and it was important we clawed some points back on Tuesday.
“Last weekend Norwich United got the win over Canvey Island where as we could only draw with Mildenhall, but we are only three behind them now with a game in hand, so everyone will be looking at it now and be aware it won’t be easy.
“We are not even halfway through the season yet, so there is no need to panic and we’ve just got to keep believing in the youngsters and a few of the senior boys will have to knock the young lads off their perch to get back into the team now.”