Martin confident Romford’s recent meetings with Maldon offer his team plenty of hope

PUBLISHED: 14:00 30 November 2018

Roddy Lemba of Romford during Romford vs Basildon United, Bostik League Division 1 North Football at Rookery Hill on 24th November 2018

Roddy Lemba of Romford during Romford vs Basildon United, Bostik League Division 1 North Football at Rookery Hill on 24th November 2018

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Boro drew 0-0 at home to Basildon United last Saturday

Romford manager Paul Martin during Romford vs Basildon United, Bostik League Division 1 North Football at Rookery Hill on 24th November 2018Romford manager Paul Martin during Romford vs Basildon United, Bostik League Division 1 North Football at Rookery Hill on 24th November 2018

Paul Martin is hopeful Romford can continue their recent good form against Maldon & Tiptree when they visit the Jammers in the Bostik North on Saturday.

Boro won all three of their matches against the Wallace Binder Stadium outfit last term, including a 4-2 success at home on the final day to keep them in the division.

The Rookery Hill club were also able to triumph twice away from home against Maldon last season, beating them in both the league and the BBC Essex Senior Cup.

Romford start Saturday’s game without a win in their last six league games, though did draw 0-0 at home to Basildon United last weekend.

And Boro boss Martin hopes that with last season’s games against the Jammers still fresh in their minds, the Rookery Hill club can end their wait for a win.

“We won all three of our games against Maldon in league and cup last year, including two good wins away, and it would be nice to do something similar again,” he said.

“We’re not winning games at the minute, but we’re not losing by tight margins or being played off the park.

“We’re competing in every game, but we’re not getting the goals we need to get the points we want.

“I’d be more worried if we were being thumped, but hopefully someone will take the pins out of the voodoo doll and we start getting a bit more luck with goals.”

Ahead of last weekend’s clash with Basildon, Martin added to his squad with the addition of former Stanway Rovers pair Alfie Cleal and Danny Nesbitt.

And the Boro boss explained why he was keen to bring both youngsters into the Rookery Hill outfit.

“We studied both for a while and when circumstances changed at Stanway and they became available, we made sure we got them in quickly,” he added.

“Danny had other clubs interested in him, so we knew we had to move fast and he did well when he came on against Basildon last week.

“Alfie won’t be involved until after Saturday because of other plans he’d made before he joined us, but he’s a midfielder and winger who will hopefully give us plenty of goals.”

Martin will hope both can play their part for Romford over the coming weeks.


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