Romford manager Martin is expecting a stronger season and is feeling very positive

PUBLISHED: 13:00 08 August 2018

Romford manager Paul Martin (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo).

Romford manager Paul Martin (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo).

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Romford manager Paul Martin is feeling positive ahead of the 2018/19 Bostik North campaign and is expecting a stronger start.

Boro avoided relegation from the league with a 4-2 victory against Maldon & Tiptree on the final day of last season.

Boss Martin is confident his side will do better this time round after working tirelessly to build his squad this summer.

“I’m feeling quite positive about this season,” he said.

“We’ve worked hard putting the squad together, Alex (Goldstone) and I always do, we only give ourselves a week off then we get started again.

“We have tried to balance the squad with experience, which is needed at this level, and plenty of youngsters.

“We have experienced players who have played at this level for a long time and then we have about three or four 17-year-olds and three or four 18 and 19-year-olds as well.”

Martin revealed they have already started eyeing up their new opponents including the likes of Coggeshall Town, Felixstowe & Walton United, Great Wakering Rovers and Basildon United.

“We’ve always got to set targets and we’ve looked at the teams that have come into the league and the ones that have moved across.

“Obviously we don’t know how they play or how they’ll set up, but we do know teams like Felixstowe & Walton and Coggeshall Town have decent budget and have made some big-name signings.

“I’m being positive, I know we will most likely get a couple of hidings during the season, but most sides will get one at some point.”

Long-serving Martin also admitted he is looking forward to visiting a few new grounds this campaign, adding: “I’m looking forward to the start of the season, it’s not a bad first month for us, so we’ll be looking to get more points on the board than last year.

“It’s always nice going to new grounds, it gets a bit boring always going to the same ones, especially the ones that have not got good facilities!”

Martin feels his biggest challenge will be keeping his squad together again this term, saying: “The downfall now is whether I can keep this squad together. If a few players impress in the first month the bigger clubs come calling and offering money to the gems we’ve found that they may not have wanted to take a punt on.”


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