Ryman North: Paul Martin calls on Romford to surprise big boys again
PUBLISHED: 13:00 14 April 2017
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Boro face Maldon & Tiptree and Thurrock over the next few days and will be underdogs in both games
Paul Martin believes Romford can pick up two positives results over the Easter weekend, but knows they have to be at the top of their game.
Boro host second-placed Maldon & Tiptree tomorrow (Saturday) before an ‘away’ clash at landlords Thurrock on Monday.
Romford will be expected to lose both encounters, but have surprised plenty of other big clubs in the past.
“We have had some good results against Thurrock and also some bad results and it is the same with every team in this league,” said Martin.
“Maldon gave us a hiding earlier in the season at their place, so that’s going to be a tough game on Saturday.
“If they turn up then we have a massive task on our hands, but if any of their players take their eye off the ball then we have a chance.”
Romford put up a good fight against Thurrock in December before losing 3-2 lost 5-1 at Maldon in September.
With only three games left this season, Boro still have a decent chance of finishing in the top half.
Martin’s men are currently 14th and only two points off 12th-placed Tilbury heading into the final two weeks of the campaign.
He added: “We have Maldon and Thurrock coming up and we don’t know whether they are comfortable with their positions in the league.
“They might want to rest a few people ahead of the play-offs. If they do that then it will put us on a level par with them.”
Jonathan Adebayo will give Romford a boost on Monday by returning from his three-match ban, but Martin is without several other players.
Captain Jamie Dicks remains sidelined with a fractured rib and Dan Cossington is unlikely to return this weekend.
“The squad is a little bit thin with injuries. We have seven or eight still missing, but it is no excuses because I see other managers say the same thing, but that’s why you have squad for,” said Martin.
“At the minute we are a little bit light and I can’t see ‘Dicko’ being back for another week, so he might make the last game of the season.
“Dan broke down again and Jonathan has one more match on his suspension, so he misses Saturday.
“All we can do is put our strongest XI out and hopefully when the players cross the white line they show some guts and determination to win.”
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