Bostik North: Romford manager Paul Martin takes hope from previous game with Cheshunt ahead of return fixture
PUBLISHED: 12:00 19 December 2017
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Boro in need of a win on trip to Ambers in league
Paul Martin says Romford’s display against Cheshunt earlier in the season gives them hope of a win in the return match in the Bostik North on Tuesday – despite losing at home to the Ambers in September.
When Boro entertained the Hertfordshire club at Ship Lane earlier in the season, they lost 3-1 despite a goal for Jonathan Adebayo.
Martin, though, rated that performance as one of his side’s best this term and will hope a similar performance leads to a better result when they visit Cheshunt.
Victory would see Romford close the gap at the bottom of the table to three points, and the Boro boss knows how important that could be.
“The gap might only be six points before the game, but if they win they go nine points ahead of us,” he said.
“They beat us earlier in the season, but we know it’s a game in which we have a chance to win.
“When we played them earlier in the season, it was one of our best displays and we need to perform to those levels again.”
A defeat for Romford at Cheshunt on Tuesday would end any hope of the Essex club avoiding being in last place come Christmas Day.
But even if that is the case, Martin is far from sounding the alarm over his side’s ability to avoid the drop.
“I wanted 20 points before Christmas, but we must be doing something right as there are still clubs coming in for our players,” he added.
“I know the quality is in the squad, it is just a case of getting the players to gel. Sometimes it takes new players time to settle.
“I’m not worried anymore about how we get the wins; I’d rather a scrappy 1-0 win than play well and lose.”