Romford boss Martin eager to pull off the great escape
PUBLISHED: 17:00 27 April 2018
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Romford manager Paul Martin wants to make the final day of the season a night to remember as they look to avoid being relegated from the Bostik North.
Boro will welcome Maldon & Tiptree to Ship Lane on Saturday (3pm) for their final match at the Thurrock ground and Martin knows they must win to even be in with a chance.
Martin’s men are bottom of the league and remain two points behind relegation rivals Norwich United ahead of the weekend.
“It has opened it up for Saturday, it’s presentation evening that night, so what a night that would be if we could stay up – what a celebration,” he said after Wednesday’s 3-2 win over Grays Athletic.
“We’ve made it very interesting for the last game of the season. A month ago we was written off but now we’ve got that little bit of belief.
“All we’ve got to do is go out and try winning the game, then it’s in Norwich’s hands I think they’ll be panicking now despite only needing a point, as it’s hard to get any points in this league this year.”
The long-serving boss believes it depends what Maldon side show up on Saturday as to how the game goes.
“It’s whether they take their foot of the pedal and just see that game out,” he added.
“If I was that manager I’d be saying ‘let’s relegate them’, I’d still take that mentality of let’s get Romford out of this league, we’ve beaten them twice already this year so hopefully we can exactly what we’ve done against Grays and do the treble.”
Martin also hopes Cheshunt can do his side a favour by beating Norwich United, adding: “I don’t think Craig Edwards will take his foot off pedal, he’ll want to finish as high as he can, and I think another three points they’ll go up another place so he will not throw the towel in.
“I just hope they both don’t play out for a draw.”
Boro will hope to have goalkeeper Rob Budd fit for the match after picking up a knock in midweek.
Martin also revealed striker Nick Reynolds would have gone in goal again if called upon.
He added: “I’ve not seen Nick’s jaw drop as much as that, especially as the game was so important but the geezer is a big proud boy.
“He’s Romford through and through, so if he had to go in he wouldn’t have questioned it.”