Martin relaxed ahead of Romford’s big match

PUBLISHED: 14:00 09 December 2016

Romford boss Paul Martin looks on (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

Romford boss Paul Martin looks on (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

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Wroxham visit for Ryman North relegation six-pointer

Romford boss Paul Martin was in relaxed mood ahead of his side’s relegation six-pointer against Ryman North basement boys Wroxham at Ship Lane tomorrow (Saturday).

Boro dropped into the bottom three following their 4-1 home defeat against Soham Town Rangers last weekend and have just a four-point cushion over the Yachtsmen.

But they put up another brave fight against Premier Division opposition in the league cup in midweek, before bowing out on penalties against Tonbridge.

Martin said: “I’m not concerned at the moment, there’s a lot of football still to be played. Every game is important to us, but I know we can put it right, it’s just a matter of time.

“Everyone beats one another. We’ve taken 10 points from the top 12 and 10 from the bottom 12, but we’ve not lost to any of the teams from 16th place down.

“I always say by Christmas, if we’ve got 20-25 points, it keeps us in there. We’ve got to keep doing what we do and be patient again.”

New signing Kai Bichard was on target against Soham Town and Nick Reynolds moved to within one goal of equalling Danny Benstock’s club record of 67 at Tonbridge, where Greg Akpele also found the net on his return to the club.

Martin added: “Kai is 26, so he’s got a bit of experience and hunger, some fire in his belly and a bit of flair. He’s skilful, good in the air and was a breath of fresh air. He came in buzzing, but you’ve got to make sure the tempo is always good.

“Soham had five chances and scored four, we had five chances and scored one. We’re just lacking a bit of quality in the final third.

“Greg and Kwasi Marfo came back at Tonbridge and did well, so there were more positives than negatives. If we turn up we can upset teams. We’ve held Billericay and Tonbridge over 90 minutes, but I can’t remember if I’ve ever won a penalty shoot-out with Romford!”

After hosting Wroxham this weekend, Boro are set to visit VCD Athletic on Tuesday.

Martin added: “I’d probably say I would like four points from those, but I’m not going to moan about injuries and say it’s because we’re missing Paul Preston or Tom Potter. There’s no excuses.

“It’s hard to keep momentum if you can’t put the same team out, but we’ve got to have faith and a bit of belief.”

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