Romford boss Martin hopes squad take chance to show ability in friendly at Rocks

PUBLISHED: 16:00 09 November 2018

Jonathan Nzengo joined East Thurrock United after impressing for Romford in a friendly last month (Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Jonathan Nzengo joined East Thurrock United after impressing for Romford in a friendly last month (Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Boro to face landlords in friendly game this Saturday

Romford may be without a game in the Bostik North this Saturday, but boss Paul Martin has revealed a friendly against landlords East Thurrock United will keep his team ticking over.

Boro are not due in competitive action again until November 17 when they visit Mildenhall Town in the league.

To keep his team in shape, Martin’s men will face their landlords at Rookery Hill on Saturday, with the Rocks without a game in the Vanarama National League South.

It’s not the first time this term the two teams have played each other when both were without a league game, having met in a friendly at the start of October.

Though Romford lost 4-1 that day, Jonathan Nzengo impressed enough to earn a move to East Thurrock.

And Martin would only be too happy to see another of his squad take their chance to catch the eye of the Rocks staff this weekend.

“My job as a manager is to try and help more players progress in their careers like Jonathan has,” he said.

“If ‘Covo’ (United boss John Coventry) likes what he sees from some of our players, then I have no issue with them moving to East Thurrock.

“We’ll use the friendly on Saturday to have a look at some other options, and also rest others who’ve played a lot of games.”

Romford go into their mini-break having lost 2-0 away to Canvey Island in the league last Saturday.

It was a result that extended Boro’s losing run in the league to four games, while they are without a goal in their last three, but Martin was keen to put things into perspective.

“If you compare our league to the Premier League, we’re like Crystal Palace and we’ve played your Chelseas and Manchester Uniteds in recent weeks,” he added.

“Yes, we’ve not cored in three league games, but we’re getting there. Roddy Lemba still needs minutes before he’s fully back to match fitness, which will help.”

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