Romford’s Martin keen to forget Tilbury struggles

PUBLISHED: 15:00 06 November 2015 | UPDATED: 17:14 06 November 2015

Romford manager Paul Martin (pic: George Phillipou/TGSPHOTO)

Romford manager Paul Martin (pic: George Phillipou/TGSPHOTO)

18/07/2015 George Phillipou/TGSPHOTO c/o 27 Plaiters Way, Braintree, Essex, CM7 3LR,

Boro boss wants to banish poor record at Chadfields

Romford manager Paul Martin is hoping his luck at Tilbury changes when he takes his place in the dugout on Saturday.

The Boro boss has just one win to his name on his last six league visits to Chadfields, with the rest of the results being four defeats and a draw.

Romford have already played the Dockers once in Ryman North this season, losing 3-0 at Ship Lane in August.

But Martin hopes he can finally earn success at a ground that has proved his undoing so often in the past.

“I don’t have a good track record there, so hopefully we’ll be able to improve that this weekend,” he said.

“Tilbury are unbeaten in seven matches and they are doing well in the league, so we know it won’t be easy. They’re a very good attacking side and like every game in this league, I expect it to be a tough fixture.”

Following the weekend’s match, Boro’s attention switches to an Essex Senior Cup third round tie at struggling divisional rivals Waltham Abbey on Tuesday.

Progress in the competition could see Romford paired with the likes of Football League sides Dagenham & Redbridge or Colchester United in the last 16.

And with the Abbotts languishing in the relegation zone, it looks a winnable tie on paper for Romford.

But Martin believes Abbey’s position in the Ryman North standings is a false one and knows his players will have to be at their best.

“They won’t be down the bottom of the table come the end of the season, they haven’t had the rub of the green in recent weeks,” he added.

“We’ve already had a win and a draw against them this season so we will fancy our chances of progressing.

“It’s nice because you know you might end up playing a big side, but the money isn’t great so it is a matter of using our squad.”

With Martin working under a tight budget, any extra income is welcome at Ship Lane.

The Boro boss had been hoping for a good run in the FA Trophy, but the Ship Lane side were knocked out on Sunday by Southern League side Slough Town, going down 4-0.

That followed an early exit to Hoddesdon in the FA Cup, but Martin believes his team were unfortunate with who they faced in those ties.

“Money is a big priority for us, but we have been unlucky with the draws that we have been given in that we have faced good sides,” he added.

“Hoddesdon went to the fourth qualifying round of the FA Cup, while Slough are a good team in the league above.”

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