Martin knows Romford could surprise Cray

PUBLISHED: 15:30 27 November 2015

Romford manager Paul Martin and assistant Mark Lord (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Romford manager Paul Martin and assistant Mark Lord (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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Boro looking to shock top of the table Wanderers after coming back to take point at Witham

Romford welcome Ryman North leaders Cray Wanderers to Ship Lane tomorrow (Saturday), but manager Paul Martin knows his team can upset the odds again.

Boro battled back from three goals down to draw 3-3 at Witham Town last weekend and sit 16th in the table.

George Tubey, Lee Weemes and Jake Giddings were on target at the Village Glass Stadium to earn Martin’s men a point ahead of facing a Cray side who have only lost twice this season.

But if anyone can come out on top when they are far from being favourites, it is Romford.

Martin said: “We have 22 points this year and 11 of them have come against teams in the top 10 of the Ryman North.

“We haven’t played Cray yet this season, so we are going into it a little bit blind. Until you have played everyone once it is hard.

“You can’t prepare your tactics for the match. They don’t exactly play around the corner so we can’t have a sneaky look.

“I know they have drawn a few away games of late, but I believe they have a decent record on the road. If we turn up, we know we are capable of getting a result like we have against Harlow Town, Hornchurch twice, Thurrock and Aveley already this season.”

Martin has had to rebuild his squad like never before this year, with so many players leaving in the summer or at the start of the current campaign.

But he is pleased with his team and the options he has available, adding: “We know we have it in our locker to upset the big sides and the boys do as well.

“It is the old school saying, you can carry one or two, but not five. It has been a big rebuild. I only have about three players that were here last season, so I don’t think many clubs will be going through what we have had to.

“Those changes are not down to my decision either, it is because people move on to get the pound note. It is what it is, but I am still enjoying it and the buzz is there.”

Romford’s dressing room would have been buzzing last weekend after they scored three times in the final 21 minutes at Witham to come away with a point.

Experienced keeper Richard Wray made his Boro debut, with Nick Reynolds, Dan Cossington and Chris Barry all absent.

It gave other players the chance to impress and the Boro boss was pleased to earn another point.

He also discussed the attitude of his squad and how much he enjoys having so much competition for places.

Martin added: “I say to the boys you need to put the effort in during training so I can select you for Saturday.

“The tempo was really high during the match we played at training on Monday and that is what I want.

“The boys are as good as gold, they understand if I don’t select them. They aren’t happy, which I expect, but they don’t sulk and they enjoy playing for me.”

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