Romford boss searching for right balance

PUBLISHED: 08:00 21 July 2015

Romford manager Paul Martin (pic: George Phillipou/TGSPHOTO)

Romford manager Paul Martin (pic: George Phillipou/TGSPHOTO)

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Martin reflects on pre-season progress

Romford striker Nick Reynolds (pic: George Phillipou/TGSPHOTO)Romford striker Nick Reynolds (pic: George Phillipou/TGSPHOTO)

Paul Martin says he still needs to “find the right balance of players” after Romford played out an entertaining 2-2 draw against Essex Olympian League outfit Frenford at the weekend.

Boro found themselves leading 2-1 at half time thanks to two headed goals from the newly re-signed pair of striker Nick Reynolds and defender Nathan Cooper.

But former Romford midfielder Callum Ibe struck against his old club in the first half to ensure a tight and tactical encounter in the second period.

And Frenford equalised through Ben Polley in the last 15 minutes to secure a share of the spoils, meaning Romford have a win, a draw and a defeat from their opening three pre-season matches.

Romford's Nathan Cooper (pic: George Phillipou/TGSPHOTO)Romford's Nathan Cooper (pic: George Phillipou/TGSPHOTO)

Martin said: “We played them last year and drew 1-1 and had a 2-2 draw this season just gone. They’re a very organised team and have a group of consistent players.

“It’s one of those games where if we took our chances it could have been four, five or six, but we didn’t take them so we had to settle for a draw.”

Pre-season has been hectic thus far for Romford, who have signed and resigned a total of 15 players already, most of whom featured against Frenford.

The Ryman North outfit now face a run of four matches in a week, starting with a trip to Seven Acre & Sidcup FC on Thursday, followed by fixtures against Enfield Town (Saturday), London Colney (Tuesday July 27) and Basildon United (July 29).

“We’re trying to play some newer teams this season,” added Martin. “We’ve got a massive match against Enfield Town coming up on Saturday and that will be a true test of whether our players can handle themselves at this level.

“We’re playing a couple of teams who we don’t know anything about as well, but we could potentially face them in a cup game so it’s good to get that experience.”

With contracts still being signed at Ship Lane, Martin faces some tough decisions over the next few weeks as his side prepare for their season opener against Sudbury on August 8.

And he is hoping to mould a squad that can hit the ground running when the league campaign begins, adding: “I need to find the right balance of players and work out what my starting X1 is going to be first of all.

“The first month of the season is going to be a very tough one for us. If we get through August with nine points on the board I will be over the moon.

“But at the moment we’re just focusing on pre-season and making sure everyone’s match fitness is up to standard.”

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