Romford ready for final friendly test

PUBLISHED: 16:58 02 August 2013

Romford manager Paul Martin (Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Romford manager Paul Martin (Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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Martin’s last chance to look at players

Romford complete their pre-season preparations as they travel to Hertfordshire-based side Colney Heath tomorrow (Saturday).

In what has been a somewhat mixed campaign for Boro so far, it will be the last chance for manager Paul Martin to ready his side in time for the Ryman One North season which kicks off on August 10.

Martin has been pleased with his squad in recent weeks, but admits it would be nice to add one or two more players before their opening fixture away at Needham Market.

He said: “We are still looking for another couple of players. Our strikers haven’t quite fired on all cylinders as we would have liked, so introducing a new centre forward would be nice.”

Last season’s top scorer Nick Reynolds joined Maldon this summer, but Boro signed up former Aveley winger Luke Stanley this week after he netted in their 2-2 draw at Barking on Tuesday.

Stanley put Boro ahead at Mayesbrook Park, before Ben and Joe Turner netted either side of the break for the hosts.

Abs Seymour’s last-gasp leveller spared Boro’s blushes and, after a decent eighth-place finish last season, Martin is optimistic for the 2013-14 campaign.

“The first aim is to get the 40-45 points needed to guarantee survival,” he said.

“Anything after that is a bonus. Last season was good for us and I am confident we can build on that in the coming season.

“We have now established ourselves in the Ryman North which is important for us so that we can attract more players.”

Martin also did not shy away from the money issue that concerns the club, adding: “Obviously it is a bit of a problem for us. We don’t have a kit sponsor again for this season.

“A good run in the FA Cup and FA Trophy will be crucial to bring in a nice sum of cash, which will allow us to attract and bring in more players.”

Romford have been given a home draw against East Thurrock in the Ryman League Cup first round and receive a bye through to the third round of the Essex Senior Cup.

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