Martin targets more success for Boro side

PUBLISHED: 11:00 31 October 2015

Romford manager Paul Martin (left) looks on alongside assistant Mark Lord (centre) and Alex Goldstone (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo).

Romford manager Paul Martin (left) looks on alongside assistant Mark Lord (centre) and Alex Goldstone (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo).

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Ship Lane outfit are in action tomorrow and in confident spirits

Romford manager Paul Martin expects another difficult encounter this weekend when Slough Town visit for an FA Trophy clash, but believes his players are capable of delivering a display good enough to see them progress.

Boro defeated local rivals Hornchurch 1-0 on Tuesday night, producing an excellent defensive performance to shut out Urchins at Bridge Avenue.

That result completed a Ryman North double for Martin’s men over their rivals and gives them a huge boost ahead of Sunday’s match at Ship Lane.

Slough will make the trip rfor the first qualifying round tie, which kicks-off at 1.30pm.

Boro’s boss believes his side can earn another victory, after beating North Greenford United 3-2 in the previous round at the start of October, but discussed the challenge facing his young team with the Rebels having only lost one match this month.

Martin said: “I think Slough have gone from 18th up to ninth in the Southern League Premier Division over the last month.

“We went to watch them and they are all six foot plus where as we are a small team.

“But it is all about on the day and luck could go our way if we defend in the right manner.

“The problem we have had is that we had been losing games because we were making individual errors.”

Romford didn’t on Tuesday against Hornchurch and bounced back following two heavy defeats in the league before that against Aveley and Bury Town.

Boro shipped 10 goals in those losses, but defended brilliantly against the Urchins and will aim to repeat that on Sunday.

Dan Cossington and captain Matt Frew were superb in the centre of defence and Martin discussed how tough it has been to improve things at the back.

He added: “We have not made one individual error at Hornchurch and we have won the game because of that.

“I think that is our fifth or sixth clean sheet in the league and it isn’t normally like that. When you look that we have lost Nathan Cooper to Hornchurch, Jamie Dicks to Aveley and had Sam Burton injured, we have had to really shuffle the side around.”

Romford will hope to keep a settled team for Sunday’s clash, though, as they take a break from Ryman North action for a week.

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