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Martin has belief in Romford squad ahead of Hornchurch clash

PUBLISHED: 13:01 27 October 2015 | UPDATED: 13:01 27 October 2015

Romford manager Paul Martin (pic: George Phillipou/TGSPHOTO)

Romford manager Paul Martin (pic: George Phillipou/TGSPHOTO)

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Boro boss hoping to upset Urchins again and bounce back after losing 5-1 to Bury

Romford manager Paul Martin believes anything can happen when he takes his side to Bridge Avenue to face local rivals Hornchurch in the Ryman North tonight (Tuesday).

Boro come into the fixture off the back of a 5-0 defeat at home to Aveley and a 5-1 reverse to Bury Town on Saturday.

The Urchins, however, have been in great form and gave National League outfit Boreham Wood a tough match in the fourth qualifying round of the FA Cup at the weekend before losing by the odd-goal.

Martin’s side have defeated Hornchurch once already this season, 2-0 back in the middle of August, and will take confidence from that.

But the Romford boss did praise the ability of Urchins’ dangerous duo George Purcell and David Knight prior to the clash.

“They have got two of the best forwards in the league against my deflated squad,” said Martin.

“Football is about what happens on the day and anything can happen. We know if we battle hard then we can get a positive result.”

After losing on Saturday, Boro are 17th in the table but with a seven-point gap over the relegation places.

Even though they have lost their last two matches by large scorelines, Martin has belief in his side.

He added: “Our budget is nothing and money talks. If there are teams with bigger budgets below us in the league then it’s them that need to worry in my opinion, but we will keep plugging away every week – we know what is expected of us.”

Romford were defeated 5-1 by Bury with Ollie Canfer scored twice for the hosts before Remi Garrett, Sam Reed and Bradley Barber made it a rout.

Chinedu McKenzie pulled one back for Boro, but it was always going to be a long afternoon according to Martin.

He was full of praise for the Ram Meadow hosts, who were too good on the day.

“They are a terrific side and we just couldn’t cope with their physical strength,” admitted Martin. ”We’re trying to build a squad here and I had one six foot player against eight of them!

“There was only going to be one winner after about 15 minutes but, whether you lose 1-0 or 5-1, you’ve lost a game of football. Our defence is all over the place since we’ve lost some of our players.”

Romford will hope to put that right this evening against their rivals.

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