Romford boss Martin wary of Barking despite different starts to new league season

PUBLISHED: 17:00 31 August 2018

Roddy Lemba (right) could miss Romford's trip to Barking in the Bostik North on Saturday through injury (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Roddy Lemba (right) could miss Romford's trip to Barking in the Bostik North on Saturday through injury (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Boro currently lead the standings, while Blues head into the weekend in last place

Romford manager Paul Martin believes his team are in for a tough test at Barking on Saturday, despite the sides having contrasting starts to the new Bostik North term.

Boro are yet to be beaten in all competitions this season and currently lead the way in the league with seven points from their first three games.

The Blues, meanwhile, have lost all four of their matches in all competitions so far this term and currently prop up the standings.

Though it is still early days, the form book would point to Romford being favourites for Saturday’s game, but Martin knows that counts for little.

“It’s a league in which we know anyone can beat anyone, so we don’t worry too much about where teams are,” he said.

“Barking are in a false position. I’ve seen some clips of their games this season and I know it’s only a matter of time before they click.

“Hopefully for us that doesn’t happen this weekend and we can claim another victory.”

Romford will hope to continue their strong start to the new term and keep hold of top spot by beating Barking this weekend.

After three games this term, Boro have seven points, a total which took them 15 games to achieve in the previous campaign.

Last season also saw Martin’s men avoid the drop on the final day of the term and the Romford boss has called on his squad to enjoy their bright start to the new campaign.

But the Boro boss insists his team’s good form in the early weeks of the season has come as little surprise to him.

“ (Director of football) Alex Goldstone and I worked hard over the summer to bring new players in because we knew we needed to do that,” he added.

“Against Tilbury on Tuesday, we only had a small group of players who were with us at the end of last season playing.

“We had to rotate the squad a bit for that game because of injuries and other things, but we performed well.

“The young players who came in all took their chance and Max Bolton showed great composure to take the penalty despite being a teenager.

“I’m going to have some headaches over selection when all players are fit, but I’m happy to be in that situation.”

Romford, though, may have to do without Roddy Lemba against Barking after suffering an injury.

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