Ryman North: Paul Martin warns Romford ahead of Thamesmead Town battle
PUBLISHED: 14:00 24 February 2017
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Boro boss insists they still have work to do in order to remain in the Ryman North next season
Paul Martin has warned his Romford team not to allow themselves to get dragged into a relegation fight in the Ryman North ahead of travelling to Thamesmead Town this weekend.
Boro are 17th in the table and 11 points above the bottom three, but their manager is still wary ahead of a tough finish to the campaign.
Romford’s final 10 fixtures of the season are fairly difficult with matches to come against Maldon & Tiptree, Brightlingsea Regent and Thurrock.
Martin said: “Thamesmead are a strong team and I’d rather be in the melting pot with them and the other three teams directly above us than the four below.
“I’d say there are still six or seven clubs that are not too comfortable and especially if all three go down this year and there are no reprieves.
“Managers are getting sacked now as well, so we need to make sure we all remain concentrated and do our job.
“We have 10 games to go and only three of them are against teams below us, so we need to keep scrapping and getting points one way or another.”
Romford have made life difficult of late by giving away penalties against Witham Town and at Norwich United.
It didn’t cost them against Town with Martin’s team earning a 2-1 victory and the spot-kick missed.
But against Norwich United, it allowed the hosts to open the scoring on their way to a 4-1 success.
The Boro boss will now hope his players can keep their focus when tackling inside the penalty area.
“It definitely wasn’t a 4-1 scoreline last Saturday, but that is what it says in the paper, so you can’t argue with it,” said Martin.
“The last two games we have started positively and peppered the opposition before giving away a penalty.
“It is giving us too much of an uphill battle, so we need to be more concentrated and not have lapses.”
Romford’s manager also bemoaned the times his team have switched off in games and conceded sloppy goals.
Martin added: “We have lost around 18 points in games this year and if we had them we would only be three points off the play-offs.
“For a club like us, with no budget, I think we have missed a great opportunity this season to finish in the top five.
“Our lack of consistency has held us back and that is why we are always going to be in the bottom half of the table.”