Martin after goals from misfiring Romford

PUBLISHED: 12:00 08 November 2013

Romford manager Paul Martin (Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Romford manager Paul Martin (Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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Romford host Burnham Ramblers at Ship Lane on Saturday and Paul Martin hopes his team can up their game.

They lost 2-1 at home to Dereham Town last weekend, a team that were close to them in the table, and Boro’s manager insists his side must start beating the clubs around them.

“They (Burnham) will be a lot harder than Dereham were,” he said. “Hopefully we’ll up our game. We just can’t seem to beat the teams around us at the moment and that is a concern.”

The weekend defeat in the Ryman One North came after Romford missed several first-half opportunities and Martin knows his team need to be more clinical in front of goal.

“We’ve been winning games 1-0, but we are not scoring two or three goals and if you don’t do that, sometimes you get punished,” he added

“Even at the end on Saturday, Abs Seymour had done really well and someone’s just got to toe it in and they are all standing there waiting for someone else to do something.

“They’ve got to learn to gamble and all I keep doing is drilling it into their heads to do it but it is not good losing at home again. The lack of consistency again is not good enough.”

Another negative for Romford is that they will be without versatile Jamie Dicks for two and a half months, as he jets off to Australia.

Dicks wore the armband at the weekend, and put in a typically battling display.

The Romford manager has praised the outgoing midfielder who will feature once again later in the season, but admits his departure offers somebody else an opportunity.

“I’ve got plenty of options so I’m not worried about replacing him,” he said.

“He is going away for a couple of months but at the end of the day I’ve got to get on with it.

“He’ll be back at the club, but being away for two months means he has got to do a pre-season again when he is back.

“If we have replaced him and his replacement is better than him, then he has got to get back and fight for his shirt again.”

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