Bostik North: Romford manager Paul Martin wants his side to knuckle down

PUBLISHED: 15:00 23 March 2018

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

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

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Romford manager Paul Martin says it’s time to knuckle down ahead of a busy week of fixtures as they face AFC Sudbury and Mildenhall Town.

Boro are set to welcome Mark Morsley’s men to Ship Lane on Saturday (3pm), before travelling to Suffolk on Tuesday (7.45pm) as they look to claw back some points on their relegation rivals.

Martin’s men currently sit bottom of the Bostik North and are six points adrift of Cheshunt and Norwich United.

“We’ve just got to knuckle down now and we need to try our hardest to get some points on the board for this club,” Martin said.

“Witham beating Norwich late on Tuesday was a pleasing result for us as that’s three points dropped with one of their games in hand.

“The gap is still six points and that gives us some hope to try to stay on both Cheshunt and Norwich’s toes.”

The boss praised opponents Sudbury and believes they will still be pushing for a strong finish, despite having nothing left to play for.

“We all know Sudbury are a very good side in this league who are probably under achieving this season if anything,” he added.

“Everyone will still want to keep their momentum going and finish as high up the table as possible.

“With Sudbury they’re strong at home because of the 4G pitch, but away it’s a completely different story.”

Martin also praised Sudbury’s attacking options and believes his men will have to play better defensively to shut them down, adding: “They’re another team who are fantastic at attacking and no disrespect to my boys but they’re struggling defensively.

“We’ve been working hard in training to correct things and we have a few new faces which is encouraging.

“I can not give you names yet as they need to be registered first, but hopefully they will bring a breathe of fresh air.”

Boro will also make the long trip to Mildenhall on Tuesday and Martin believes form means nothing.

“Mildenhall are a good side and although they lost 7-1 to Brentwood Tuesday we still know they have plenty of threats,” he said.

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