Romford boss Martin seeking Trophy tonic

PUBLISHED: 11:00 03 October 2015

Romford manager Paul Martin (left) and Alex Goldstone (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Romford manager Paul Martin (left) and Alex Goldstone (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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Boro looking to build on midweek win against Waltham Abbey when North Greenford United visit tomorrow (Sunday)

Romford welcome North Greenford United to Ship Lane on Sunday for a crucial preliminary round match in the FA Trophy and manager Paul Martin admits he is desperate to achieve a positive result.

Boro exited the FA Cup at the preliminary round stage after a disappointing penalty shoot-out loss to Hoddesdon Town following a dramatic replay.

That saw the club miss out on much-needed prize money and it makes this weekend’s clash more important with £2,500 on offer.

Romford could certainly do with triumphing in Sunday’s 3pm clash against a side that ply their trade in Division One of the Southern Football League. Martin said: “If we play absolutely abysmal on Sunday and get the result I won’t care because the money is the priority.

“I’m hoping it can give us a boost, but we have gone through the last four or five games and played well at Great Wakering, lost the next one, been good at Aveley, but below par against Haringey before winning on Wednesday at home to Waltham Abbey.

“I’m just hoping the same doesn’t happen again this weekend. We just need to try and win two games on the spin.”

After Saturday’s home defeat to Haringey, Martin revealed the players had a frank talk at training.

They ran out 2-0 winners on Wednesday and Martin hopes they can put a good run together now.

“We had a really good talk on Monday during our training session and let everyone have an open room,” he added.

“People made their comments and the squad has always been good. The atmosphere in the changing room is always great.

“Our form has never been anything to do with that. The boys get more frustrated than I do at times and have a go at one another because things aren’t going right, but you just need to stick together and get on with things and we have done that this past week.”

Martin believes North Greenford may have watched Boro’s match on Wednesday against Abbey.

But he revealed changes will be made to the team that started that midweek clash at Ship Lane with Robbie Norris away.

“I don’t know too much about them, I think they are probably about the same as us because they are struggling for consistency this season,” said Martin.

“They probably watched us on Wednesday, but we have a few people back for Sunday. Jake Giddings will return and I have Chinedu McKenzie available, so some people may be left out.

“Nick picked up a calf injury so I don’t know how fit he will be and Connor Goldstone is away at the weekend so we will be shuffling it around again.

“I can’t put a consistent starting line up out at the momebt, but the squad is healthy and people want to come to us.”

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