Romford boss Martin eager to pick up points to boost their survival chances

PUBLISHED: 15:00 09 March 2018

Action from Romford's clash with Barking (pic Terry Gilbert)

Action from Romford's clash with Barking (pic Terry Gilbert)


Romford manager Paul Martin says they must start winning more matches in the final stretch to stay in the Bostik North.

Action from the match between Romford and Barking (pic Terry Gilbert)Action from the match between Romford and Barking (pic Terry Gilbert)

Boro welcome Hertford Town to Ship Lane on Saturday (3pm) as they look to make it back-to-back wins after having their last two fixtures postponed due to the snow that hit the UK recently.

Martin’s men will also be looking to start chasing down relegation rivals Ware, Cheshunt and Norwich United, after results went against them earlier in the week.

“We’ve got to make sure we keep winning some games and keep that gap closed up to have a fighting chance,” said Martin.

“A few matches were played on Tuesday and didn’t really go in our favour as I wanted Cheshunt to get beaten and then Ware and Brentwood to draw, but it went the opposite way for me as usual.

“We’ve still got to play Ware, Norwich and Brentwood. They are three games we need to really try and take maximum points.

“If you look at everyone’s fixture list at the moment everyone has got a tough run and no one has an easy run.

“We’ve still got games against two teams in the play-offs, but I think the other teams around us have a few more teams up there.”

The Boro boss also believes you want to be playing mid-table clubs at this stage in the season as they have nothing to aim for.

“You don’t want anyone else to be playing the teams in the middle as they can’t get promoted or can’t go down, so realistically at this time in the season they cut a bit of their budget as they can’t go nowhere in the league and that weakens their team,” he said.

“You’d rather have more of those teams in your fixture list. If you can get your team 100 per cent up for it, like we did against Barking, you’ve got a good chance of taking the points.

“I’m not saying every team is going to take their foot off the pedal, especially Hertford after being a new team in the league. They will probably want to achieve their target, which was probably top 10.

“I don’t think anything below that they will be happy with.”

Romford suffered a 1-0 defeat to Hertford earlier in the campaign after conceding a 93rd-minute goal to Phil Lowen.

“That was our own fault, it was just a lack of concentration. We concentrated for 93 minutes and 30 seconds after that we didn’t and we got punished,” said Martin.

Romford’s remaining fixtures March 10: Hertford Town (H) March 13: Bowers & Pitsea (A) March 17: Witham Town (A) 
March 24: Sudbury (H) 
March 31: Soham Town (A) 
April 2: Grays Athletic (H) 
April 7: Ware (A) 
April 11: Norwich Utd (H) 
April 14: Potters Bar Tn (H) 
April 21: Brentwood Tn (A) 
April 28: Maldon & Tiptree (H)TBC: Mildenhall Tn (A)

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