Romford boss Martin is not shocked new boys Coggeshall have started season solidly

PUBLISHED: 17:00 12 October 2018

Romford manager Paul Martin (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Romford manager Paul Martin (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Boro back in action this weekend on Non-League Day

Jonathan Nzengo (right) has left Romford to join their landlords East Thurrock United (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)Jonathan Nzengo (right) has left Romford to join their landlords East Thurrock United (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Romford boss Paul Martin says he is not surprised by Bostik North new boys Coggeshall Town’s solid start to the season ahead of Saturday’s meeting.

The Seed Growers, who are part owned pop star Olly Murs, were promoted to the Bostik North after winning the Thurlow Nunn Premier Division last term.

Coggeshall certainly do not look like they are in the league solely to make up the numbers, having collected nine points from their first six games.

But Martin says he is not shocked to see how the league’s newcomers are faring in the first few months of the campaign.

“Teams that are new to a division have to find their feet fast and we’ve seen that this season,” said Martin.

“As well as Coggeshall, credit has to go to Basildon United and their manager Marc Harrison is doing a great job.

“Marc’s team work hard and Coggeshall are the same. They are well organised and yes, they have a budget, but they’ve added well to their squad for this level.

“They’ve signed some players I would have been interested in bringing to Romford, so Saturday should be a good game.”

Romford will be hoping there is a bumper crowd to see the game with Coggeshall at Rookery Hill, with the match taking place on Non-League Day.

With no matches scheduled in the top two flights of English football, fans are being encouraged to pop along to their nearest ground and support their local club.

And Boro have a little more reason than most in wanting to get a few more through the gate for Saturday’s game.

“We’re doing a bucket collection for the grandson of one our supporters who has cerebral palsy on Saturday and we’re hoping as many people as possible are there to donate,” said Martin

“The players and coaching staff have already donated £150 to it, which is a fantastic effort and shows what a great club we have at Romford.”

Boro will have to do without Jonathan Nzengo for the visit from Coggeshall after he joined Romford’s landlords and Vanarama National League South side East Thurrock United.

But Martin says he is happy to see last season’s top scorer move up two levels, commenting: “Jonathan has been great for us, especially since we switched him to full-back, and he fully deserves his move to East Thurrock.”

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