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It's my biggest challenge yet says Romford boss Martin

PUBLISHED: 16:30 10 November 2017

Garret Kelly of Romford and Michael O’Donoghue of Haringey battle for the ball (Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Garret Kelly of Romford and Michael O'Donoghue of Haringey battle for the ball (Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Romford manager Paul Martin admits he is facing his biggest challenge yet to keep the club in the Bostik North this season.

Presentation to Paul Martin to make his 500th match in charge of Romford (Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)Presentation to Paul Martin to make his 500th match in charge of Romford (Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Boro travel to leaders Dereham Town on Saturday (3pm) and will be hoping to pick up some vital points at Aldiss Park to help them climb off the foot of the table, after a 1-1 draw with Haringey Borough in midweek.

“They’re all tough, but as I say the squad is very settled now and we’re holding our own,” said Martin, after his 500th match in charge of the club.

“People keep saying you don’t deserve to be down the bottom, but the reality is we are and that’s the biggest challenge of my career at Romford – making sure we don’t get relegated.”

Martin praised Dereham’s defensive record and admits it will be a tough game, adding: “They’re young, very organised, very disciplined, they’ve kept a lot of clean sheets and don’t concede many goals.

“We’re not scoring many goals, so it’s going to be a very hard game, but if we turn up on the day we’ve got a chance.”

Romford will be paying their own special tribute to the club’s players from years gone by who served in the Armed Forces.

Martin has commissioned 20 special black armbands, emblazoned with the traditional Poppy, but also bearing the names of 20 Romford players who served their country during the First and Second World Wars.

Included in the roll of honour are players such as George Patterson, Bill Bridge, and Bill Butler, who represented the club in the 1949 FA Amateur Cup Final against Bromley, the first to be played at the old Wembley Stadium.

“I’m a very patriotic man, I’m all tattooed up with all my army tattoos and everything,” said Martin. “It always brings a tear to my eye as if it wasn’t for all these people that fought for us in the war and had the guts to go in there and stand on their own and fight for us, we wouldn’t be where we are or talking like we are now.”

Boro were also drawn away to Canvey Island in the fourth round of the BBC Essex Senior Cup and Martin joked: “My captain will be happy as he only lives five minutes around the corner!.

“I didn’t know that but that’s a positive. They’ve got lovely facilities, it’s a good club and we gave them a good game in the league and only lost 1-0 by a penalty, so lots of positives.”

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