Romford hope weather does not affect Yacht trip
PUBLISHED: 11:30 04 December 2015
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Boro manager Martin praying Wroxham game goes ahead so his team don't face midweek match in Norfolk
Romford boss Paul Martin hopes the weather does not wreak havoc when his team visit Wroxham in Ryman North tomorrow.
Boro face a long trip up the A12 this weekend to take on a team just one place and three points behind them in the standings.
The Yachtsmen were without a game in midweek after their Norfolk Senior Cup tie at home was called off because of a waterlogged pitch at Trafford Park.
And Martin hopes it is not a similar tale this weekend, so that his team do not have to face the lengthy trip on a midweek night later in the season.
“Hopefully the weather is good between now and then because it’s tough for the guys to take the time off work to play in the week when we don’t pay,” he said.
“Wroxham will be tough and we have had a few hidings there in the past, so hopefully we can change that.
“They lost a few star players so they are rebuilding like us and I think it will be an even and hard-fought game.
“Wroxham have two games in hand over us, so it really is a must-win game if we hope to stay ahead of them in the league.”
Romford are in action again on Tuesday night when they visit National League South outfit Concord Rangers in the last 16 of the Essex Senior Cup.
The Beachboys are managed by former Brentwood Town boss Adam Flanagan, who coached the Blues to a 5-0 success when he last faced Boro in April.
But Martin insists it is not a case of old scores being settled when he takes his team to Thames Road for the fourth-round clash.
He added: “Adam beat me in my last game against him, but he got that Brentwood team promoted so it was no embarrassment.
“There is no pressure on us because Concord are a strong side, even their weakened team would be top six in Ryman North.
“Concord have a few former Romford players in Max Cornhill and Steve King, so that shows the quality we’ve had come through the ranks here.
“I’ve been rotating my squad in recent weeks and the side are doing well, but we just don’t want to be thumped at Concord.”
Boro will head into this week’s fixtures buoyed by a good display against Ryman North table-toppers Cray Wanderers last weekend.
Romford eventually went down 3-2 at Ship Lane, but they pushed the south Londoners hard, with Jake Giddings and Chinedu McKenzie scoring their goals.
Martin was pleased with what he saw from his team, but was left disappointed they did not take something from the match.
“We’ve done well against teams at the top this year, but we’re upset to lose because we gifted them two goals with free headers — their manager must think it’s an early Christmas gift!” he said.
“Going a goal up then going behind in the space of five minutes is not good, but the second half shows what we can do.
“We missed three one-on-ones after half time, before we scored our second goal and if we had netted a bit earlier, then it could have been different.”