Martin believes past games with Felixstowe will benefit Romford in league encounter

PUBLISHED: 17:00 21 September 2018

Jonathan Nzengo scored for Romford against Sudbury last weekend (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Jonathan Nzengo scored for Romford against Sudbury last weekend (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Boro recorded a 3-1 win at home to Sudbury last Saturday

Romford make the trip to Bostik North newcomers Felixstowe & Walton United on Saturday — but boss Paul Martin insists it will not be a step into the unknown.

Boro were joined in the league by United this summer after the Seasiders won promotion from the Thurlow Nunn Premier Division last term.

Martin, though, is confident his Rookery Hill-based club know enough about Felixstowe having played two pre-season friendlies on the same day against United in July 2016.

And the Romford manager is looking forward to putting that knowledge to good use when they head for Dellwood Avenue on Saturday.

“We played Felixsowe during pre-season a couple of seasons back and made it what we called ‘The Jolly Boys’ Outing’, so we know a bit about them,” he said.

“We know that we will be coming up against a physical, well-organised side on Saturday.

“We’re happy with how we’ve played at home this term and our home form could be crucial, but we have to start getting points on the road as well.”

If Romford are to claim any points on the road this weekend, they make look for Taylor Tombides to find the net again.

Tombides scored twice for Boro last weekend as they beat Sudbury 3-1 at home, with Jonathan Nzengo also on target for the hosts.

They were Tombides’ first goals for the club after joining last season and Martin believes there is plenty more to come from the midfielder.

“We spotted something in training on Thursday with Taylor where he was finishing well, and that prompted us to play him in the hole behind Nick Reynolds,” he added.

“Taylor probably could have had a hat-trick inside 30 minutes, but it was great for him to get off the mark for the club.

“We initially signed him last season, but he’s struggled with injuries since joining us.

“He got an hour on Saturday which will be good for him and hopefully he can get a few more goals for us this season.”

The victory also saw Romford return to winning ways after losing their previous league game at Barking, much to the delight of Martin, who was named manager of the month for August after leading his side to the top of the table for a brief time.

“There were times last season when there would be long gaps between winning games, so I was pleased to get back to winning ways quickly,” he said.

Romford are due to host former landlords Aveley next Wednesday (September 26, 7.45pm).


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