Romford manager Martin set to stick by long-serving players for Billericay clash

PUBLISHED: 13:00 08 February 2018

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

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

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Romford boss Paul Martin wants to stick by his longer-serving players for the clash against Bostik Premier Division league leaders Billericay Town.

Boro will make the trip further into Essex to the AGP Arena this evening (7.45pm) as they look to go against the odds and cause an upset in the Essex Senior Cup semi-final.

Boss Martin is concerned if they show up and play they have in their last two matches where they’ve lost 6-0 to Hornchurch and 5-1 to Aveley.

“We’ve got to look at the personnel and I want to play the players who have been with me most of the season,” he said.

“In all fairness though I’m very concerned about what the score line could be, when we’ve just lost 6-0 to top of our league, and just lost 5-1 to a team just above us as we’re now playing a team top of the league above.

“I’m very concerned if we don’t turn up and if the nerves kick in, I couldn’t tell you what the score could be, I know it don’t sound nice a manager saying that and it sounds like I have no confidence but if we do turn up there is no reason we can’t cause an upset.”

Martin praised the quality that the Blues have and wants his men to show their abilities against the big spenders.

“I don’t know how many games they’ve gone unbeaten, but we know all the qualities they’ve got.

“I’m just hoping we aren’t going to go there and lose by a basketball result, I’ll prepare the squad up to go out firing at all angles and make a name for themselves, but I can only do what I can in the changing room then when they cross that white line it’s entirely up to them.”

He also believes getting to the semi-final is a massive achievement for the club and if they can progress to the final at Colchester United’s ground the West Homes it will be an added bonus.

“It’s an amazing achievement but like I always say the important thing is to keep Romford in the league.

“It’s just another bonus to us getting this far as no one expected us to do it.”

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