Romford to do battle with Ryman North’s rich outfits

PUBLISHED: 16:00 23 October 2015

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

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

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Boss Martin ready to face big budget teams in upcoming games

Paul Martin believes Romford’s next two opponents will be fighting it out for the promotion places in the Ryman North come the end of the season.

First up for Boro is a trip to Bury Town tomorrow (Saturday) as they look to improve following a 5-0 defeat at home to Aveley in their last match.

Scheduled for Tuesday is a fixture against local rivals Hornchurch, although that is subject to the Urchins’ involvement in the FA Cup.

Both Bury and Hornchurch suffered the agony of relegation from the Ryman Premier last season, but have quickly bounced back to feature in the top six.

The pair both have some of the largest budgets in the league and Martin believes it is that financial clout that could lead to a successful season for them.

“The likes of Bury and Hornchurch, the teams who came down last season, you’d expect them to finish in the top four,” he said.

“Their budgets might have been cut a bit because of the drop, but they still have a lot of quality players in their squad.”

“We played Waltham Abbey and Redbridge recently, teams who are closer to us. We knew we needed four points from those games –which we got – because we’re on a tougher run now.”

As the season continues towards its third month teams often start struggling to cope as the injuries begin to mount up.

Martin has moved to ensure those concerns do no affect Romford, signing Liam Burgess from Urchins and Aveley’s Lee Weemes, who played under Boro skipper Matt Frew at Barkingside.

“We’re helped at this point in the season because the squad is quite big at the minute,” added Martin.

“We were able to field the same XI except for one player against Redbridge and Aveley.

“One game we won 3-0 against a team that’s bottom and we lost 5-0 against a team that was near us, but have a few games in hand.

“Sometimes people look at you after that and wonder why it goes from one extreme to the other so quickly, but that’s probably because we don’t pay our players.

“Normally against the bigger teams in the league we can upset them by working hard, but it just didn’t happen against Aveley.”

There could be an argument for Romford’s luck being out against Aveley with the team hitting the post twice.

Boro also went behind to an own goal from captain Frew and missed at least three open goals in the defeat at Ship Lane.

While Martin acknowledges the team are not expected to beat the likes of Aveley, he was sad to see the team go down the way they did.

“We had chances, but we missed them and we made too many mistakes defensively. If you don’t work hard, you don’t get the benefits.

“We looked good in the first 15 minutes, but after the own goal went in, Aveley began to dominate the match.

“It seemed to deflate us a little and after conceding in the 61st and 62nd minute, which isn’t good enough, we started to go through the motions.”

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