Mark asks Romford to Lord it over rivals
PUBLISHED: 14:00 13 March 2015
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Boro assistant manager discusses weekend win and previews Aveley and Wroxham
After celebrating their first win since January on Saturday, Romford are now aiming to keep up their positive momentum and move further away from the bottom three in Ryman North.
Boro secured a vital three points against Chatham last weekend to give themselves a major boost ahead of the short trip to Aveley tomorrow (Saturday).
They also entertain high-flying Wroxham on Wednesday, but assistant manager Mark Lord is focusing on the weekend first.
“The last thing we want is to go down to the Essex Senior League, so we have been drumming that into the players,” said Lord.
“I would take a draw and I think Paul would as well away to Aveley – they are a good side.
“I am not sure how they are doing this season because I have been more focused on us.
“You do look at Aveley as one of our rivals, though, and one of the big teams in the league. If we can get a result on Saturday, even a point, it will add to our confidence for Wednesday.”
Romford were meant to play Wroxham two weeks ago, but the Ship Lane pitch was unplayable.
That postponement wasn’t too frustrating for Paul Martin’s team though, as Lord added: “When it got called off we all said it wasn’t the worst decision in the world.
“They have now got to travel down and do two hours on a coach midweek, so hopefully they could be a bit fatigued after that.
“Wroxham might have a weakened team – you don’t know if some of their lads will have work commitments. We need to see what they bring down on Wednesday.”
Another boost for Boro is the return of captain Jack Barry after he completed his three-match suspension last Saturday.
Lord added: “Jack is back and that means one of the lads that did well last weekend could miss out.
“But you need your best players in the team, especially for Aveley because it is going to be tough.”
After their 3-1 win against Chatham, Romford moved out of the drop zone on goal difference in midweek, after fellow strugglers Barkingside lost 5-2 at Cheshunt on Tuesday.
Abs Seymour, Loui Hazelwood and Nick Reynolds netted in the overdue victory at Ship Lane and Lord added: “We celebrated like we had won the World Cup after! There was a lot of relief after getting that win.
“I have been back 10 games and we have probably deserved to lose only two of those matches.
“Football is a funny old game, as Jimmy Greaves would say. We’ve been playing well just not scoring.
“We looked in control against Chatham, but we were a little bit sloppy at times. The boys did play well, but it was more of an ugly win and that is what you need.”
Romford had five players making their home debuts last weekend as Martin gave Luke McLeavy, Jamie Bryne, Jermaine Findlator, Tyrone Scarlett and Joe Scott starts at Ship Lane.
McLeavy and Byrne were making their first starts and Lord praised the pair, adding: “It was nice to give Luke a start.
“He did well and you couldn’t fault his discipline and commitment.
“Jamie did okay as well. He looked a bit tired in the first half and was starting to cramp up. I said to him at half time ‘are you going to last because we don’t need heroes?’
“But he said he would be fine and he did really well actually.”
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