Romford looking for a Swift result
PUBLISHED: 13:00 15 January 2016
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Boro boss Martin says he'll take a win anyway it comes at Heybridge
Paul Martin claims neither Romford nor Heybridge Swifts, their opponents tomorrow (Saturday), are relegation threatened, despite being near the foot of the Ryman North table.
Boro are currently more comfortable as they are eight points above the drop zone in 17th place, despite losing to Brightlingsea Regent nd Sudbury over the course of the past week.
Swifts have a bit more to worry about with one point and one place separating them from the bottom three.
The two sides meet at Ship Lane this weekend, the second in a run of three straight home games for Romford, looking for vital points as they bid to pull clear of the relegation zone.
But Romford boss Martin is confident both he and opposite number Jody Brown will be celebrating survival at the end of the season, regardless of the result this weekend.
“They are a team who I think should be a lot higher than they are with the money and calibre of players they have,” said Martin.
“To have a player of Jamie Guy’s quality in the Ryman North is just unbelievable, but Jody is taking his time to find his feet there.
“Like us, they’ve been on a hard run in recent weeks, but I don’t think it will turn out to be a relegation six-pointer.
“I’d happily take a scrappy 1-0 as it is the right result and we need to keep a few more clean sheets because we’ve been conceding early recently.”
Romford look well-placed to retain their Ryman North place next season with the bottom three all currently experiencing terrible runs of form.
Boro also have winnable games against Swifts again, Redbridge and Barkingside, with Martin targeting another five or six wins for safety.
There are also some tricky matches to come, though, including Wednesday’s visit from Harlow Town.
And Martin believes his side still have one of the more difficult runs of those in the lower rungs of the standings, but is confident they have enough quality to survive.
“If you look at our run, there are still some tough games to come against the likes of Harlow and Thamesmead,” he added.
“We probably still have one of the toughest runs in the bottom 10, but the teams below us seem to keep losing, which is good for us.
“We may have only won one of our last 11, but we’ve only seemed to drop down one place. If you look at the last 10 games for every team in the bottom 10, you wouldn’t see many wins.
“We’ve just got to keep plugging away. Hopefully it doesn’t come down to it, but if we’re still near the drop with five games to go, then I’ll worry.”