Martin sets Romford small target
PUBLISHED: 13:00 11 December 2015
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Boro boss wants boost before Christmas
Romford boss Paul Martin has set his players a points target to ensure they can all have a happy Christmas.
Boro welcome Cheshunt to Ship Lane tomorrow (Saturday) and Soham Town a week later in their last fixture before the festivities and Martin wants to add to their haul of 23 points from 23 matches to date.
He said: “I’ve asked the boys to grind out four points from the next two matches.
“We’ve got 23 from 23, which isn’t bad with no budget, but it would be nice to get a couple more wins before Christmas to open up a gap on the teams at the bottom. Cheshunt are a good footballing team, with the likes of Jason Hallett and Stuart Zanone.
“We need to shut up shop. We’ve been scoring goals, but conceding more and I can’t remember our last clean sheet – probably when we beat Hornchurch.”
Boro fell behind at Wroxham last weekend, but any fears of another 8-0 thrashing at Trafford Park were allayed as Matt Frew’s first goal for the club earned a point.
National League South side Concord proved too strong in midweek, though, as Boro fell to a 6-0 loss in their Essex Senior Cup tie, but Martin drew on the positives.
He added: “It was 6-0, but we had no keeper and had Nick Reynolds in goal. “He pulled off some fantastic saves and his kicking was immense and when you think Harlow lost there 8-0 in the previous round.
“We gave 100 per cent and held them out until just before half time, but you could tell the difference with the quality of their passing and movement.
“It was a learning curve for my youngsters and it’s nice to play teams from the leagues above to get that experience.”
Regular keeper Richard Wray should return this weekend, but Michael Gooch is unavailable.
*Local whistlers will be putting on their thinking caps as Romford Referees’ Society stage their annual Christmas Quiz on Monday (December 14).
The event at Harold Wood Sports Pavilion is open to all local referees and any interested in taking up the whistle, with the questions starting at 8pm.