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Romford boss has Sudbury in his sights

PUBLISHED: 14:30 22 November 2013

Romford manager Paul Martin on the touchline in Saturday's 2-1 home loss to Dereham Town. Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO

Romford manager Paul Martin on the touchline in Saturday's 2-1 home loss to Dereham Town. Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO

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Romford host AFC Sudbury tomorrow hoping to continue their good form against the Suffolk-based club.

Last season saw Boro score 11 goals in two league games against them, completing the double over the Yellows.

Reminiscing on last season’s successes, the Romford manager hopes the run continues and that Boro rediscover their previously strong home form.

“There’s some good memories against Sudbury from last year, we won 5-2, and before that we won 6-3,” said Martin.

“I remember when we first came up into the Ryman and we played Sudbury in a cup match and got spanked 7-0.

“Since then we seem to have done well against them and if we can get that bit of luck hopefully we can get a win.

“Our home record had been good before a few recent defeats as well, so we need to get that back.”

A big bonus ahead of this weekend’s match is the return of captain Jack Barry following his broken ankle.

The skipper is yet to play for Romford this season, but has featured for the reserves over the past few weeks.

Martin is delighted to have him back: “He has played three times for the reserves and there is only so long you can keep him out. He is our captain so we will probably chuck him back in now. That is a big bonus and I am sure he’ll be champing at the bit to play.”

Barry will be coming back into a team that has been like Jekyll and Hyde this season and Martin just hopes the right team turns up at the weekend.

“I don’t know which team will turn up at the moment,” he said. “We are very Jekyll and Hyde and it is really frustrating.”

Following Saturday’s home match, Romford make the trip to Heybridge Swifts on Tuesday.

Martin acknowledged his team’s impressive midweek form that has seen them win four of the eight league and cup games.

“In midweek we have done well this season,” said the boss.

“One of our losses was down to a 90th minute winner and the other one was to Dagenham so that is something to look at.

“We have only won five league games this season, but one has been against Maldon & Tiptree and another against Thurrock, which shows you the quality we have on our day.”

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