Martin wants Romford to extend home run

PUBLISHED: 17:00 15 November 2016

Romford players celebrate a goal at Ship Lane (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Romford players celebrate a goal at Ship Lane (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Boro welcome Waltham Abbey to Ship Lane

Romford manager Paul Martin (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)Romford manager Paul Martin (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Romford boss Paul Martin is hoping his side can maintain their excellent form at Ship Lane against Waltham Abbey tomorrow (Wednesday).

Boro have not lost on their own turf since a 2-0 defeat to Maldon on March 12, a run of 15 matches spanning two Ryman North campaigns.

And Martin revealed he will be making changes to his line-up, following their 4-0 loss in the FA Trophy at Sudbury at the weekend.

He said: “Hopefully we get the formation back how we’ve normally been playing. We’re 15 unbeaten at home and hopefully we can make it 16 on Wednesday.

“There will be a couple of changes. Hopefully a couple of the boys will be back from illness and James Ishmail has had a bereavement so he has not been here for a week, which was a bit of a blow.

“It was only Dan Cossington’s second game in six weeks so he got a bit tired, but he had to make do with what we’ve got but there’s no excuses, the squad’s strong enough and we’ll give it a go.”

Boro have won four and drawn seven of their home matches in league and cup competition this season, although their most recent outing ended in a penalty shoot-out loss to Billericay in the Essex Senior Cup last Wednesday.

They find themselves down in 20th place in Ryman North, with 16 points from 16 matches to date, while Waltham Abbey are three places above them in the table with 22 points from 17 matches.

Chinedu McKenzie tops the Romford scoring charts with 13 goals to date and had chances to add to that tally at Sudbury.

Martin added: “It was a little bit frustrating with Chin. We wanted to play one up top and two wide boys and try and isolate the wings, because their full-backs get on really well.

“Chin’s not the favourite player to play out there, but he still created more chances out there than when he went back in the middle.

“I said you’ve just got to take one for the team and do his job. He did it well enough and had chances.”

Will Green also caught the eye on the flank for Boro against their Ryman Premier Division hosts, before making way late on.

And Martin had praise for the youngster, adding: “He’s a bit gangly and controls things a bit different to other players, but he’s a threat when he can be.

“He’s just got to learn to attack the goal a bit more than the corner flag and try and go a bit more direct.

“But he’s a positive, he’s a kid who has come out of Essex Senior football and not looked out of place in the Ryman.”

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