Need more says Romford’s boss

PUBLISHED: 16:00 06 February 2015 | UPDATED: 20:29 06 February 2015

Romford boss Paul Martin with Joni-Mai Stevens

Romford boss Paul Martin with Joni-Mai Stevens


Martin wants Boro points; pounds raised for Joni-Mai

Romford manager Paul Martin (pic: George Phillipou/TGSPHOTO)Romford manager Paul Martin (pic: George Phillipou/TGSPHOTO)

Romford manager Paul Martin is hoping new signing Besfort Sadiku can earn them some vital points from their trip to Needham Market in Ryman North this weekend.

Boro travel to Bloomfields sitting 20th in the table, six points above the bottom three.

Nick Reynolds found the net for Romford against Thurrock (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO).Nick Reynolds found the net for Romford against Thurrock (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO).

They picked up a valuable point against Thurrock on Wednesday, but after playing 52 minutes with 10 men they will take some heavy legs to Suffolk tomorrow (Saturday).

“You need a big squad at this time of year and we have some big games like Needham Market,” he said.

Paul Clayton scored his last goal for the club against Thurrock on February 4 (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)Paul Clayton scored his last goal for the club against Thurrock on February 4 (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

“After playing with 10 men against Thurrock there is going to be some tired legs so hopefully my new signing Bes will play. His international clearance will come through by the weekend so hopefully I can chuck him in the deep end and see whether he can get us three points.

“He is a good, young talent who is looking forward to getting a chance. He has just come back from a six-week trial in Turkey with one of their Premier teams.

“His fitness levels are fantastic so hopefully he can nick us a goal as he is an attacking midfielder.”

Martin wants Boro to build some momentum after achieving a point from Thurrock against the odds.

Although they lost 3-0 to Needham Market last season, Romford have earned points during the previous two campaign so they will travel in good spirits.

“We have had some unlucky results there and nicked a few draws,” added Martin.

“I’m hoping the Thurrock match can fire the boys up after getting a good point. It will be a good journey to Needham on Saturday, hopefully the weather stays good.

“We need to start fighting and winning games. If we can take points off teams chasing promotion like Needham, and we usually do, as well as five or six teams around us, there is every chance we can stay in this league.”

Romford welcome Maldon & Tiptree to Ship Lane on Wednesday as well – a team just three points above them in the division.

But Martin believes the Jammers are better than their league position suggests, adding: “They are strong and have been getting players in.

“They have picked up some good results and also lost some bad ones, but that is part and parcel of this league this season.”

Romford decided to raise funds for Hornchurch eight-year-old Joni-Mai Stevens, who suffers from a rare form of bone cancer called Ewings Sarcoma, last weekend.

Martin wanted to give Joni-Mai and her family a day to remember when Soham Town Rangers visited Ship Lane and also try and help the youngster’s cause.

Romford’s players were able to raise £270 between themselves and all profits from the match day went to the appeal, while Soham also played their part and donated.

And although Boro were beaten by a last minute goal, Martin was happy to give Joni-Mai and her family a day she will never forget.

He added: “We met the family on Saturday and they are lovely. They have Joni, who is eight, and her little sister is four and they have a new born boy so it must be very hard for them.

“We tried to make them as welcome as possible. We raised £770 overall. I wanted £1,000, but unfortunately the weather probably scared a few people away.

“But we can be proud of ourselves as a club to donate and generate that money for the family.”

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