Martin reveals Romford movement ahead of Thamesmead clash
PUBLISHED: 11:30 06 January 2015 | UPDATED: 11:30 06 January 2015
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Two seniors players have left the club, but captain and vice-captain return
It is all change at Romford, but manager Paul Martin is hoping to concentrate on matters on the pitch this evening when they visit Thamesmead Town for a crucial Ryman North encounter.
Boro make the trip to Bayliss Avenue without Tom Richardson or Matt Toms, who have both departed the club in the past week.
Both have moved to league rivals as Richardson has joined Brentwood Town, whilst Toms has moved to Cheshunt.
Martin is without a few other players as well through injury, but has two key players making their return tonight.
“Jack Barry is back from holiday and I have recalled Paul Clayton from his loan at Ilford now,” Martin revealed.
“Jamie Dicks and James Ishmail are injured and Nathan Cooper work shifts have changed so he isn’t going to be available all the time now.
“I have signed a young lad that has been with Ipswich Town’s under-21 team as well. He has played three times for Rotherham United in the football league and been at other teams.
“His name is Solomon Akinshade. I have another boy as well who has played for Thamesmead Town and Welling United. He has been playing in Kosovo recently so we are awaiting international clearance.
“These two youngsters are replacing two senior players in Toms and Richardson. It is going to be all change at the moment, more changes will happen.”
Akinshade made his debut during Romford’s last match – a 3-0 defeat to Great Wakering Rovers on New Years Day.
It was a disappointing loss for Boro, but one person impressed Martin and could be set for an extended run in the team.
“It would be good to put a hard couple of months behind us by winning at Thamesmead,” he admitted.
“We didn’t win in October or December, but we did get three good draws last month. We drew with Barkingside, Harlow Town and Waltham Abbey was the other so they were good draws and could be the three points that keep us up.
“With players we had missing we had to change it around a bit against Great Wakering and Sam Kemp, who is someone that hasn’t said a word over the last few months and been on the bench a lot, was probably our best player. That is encouraging.”
Another boost for Martin is former assistant manager Mark Lord has returned to the club, after leaving at the end of last season.
“I have always worked with Lordy since day one so it is good to have him back,” revealed Martin.
“Me, our physio Kate Thwaites, Alex Goldstone and now Lordy is a nice mix. We all bounce off each other so I am really pleased he is back.”
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