Ryman North: Romford aim for safety by sinking Wroxham

PUBLISHED: 15:00 10 March 2017

Romford boss Paul Martin (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

Romford boss Paul Martin (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

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Boro boss Paul Martin believes victory at Yachtsmen will be enough to keep his side afloat

Romford manager Paul Martin says victory away to Wroxham tomorrow (Saturday) should be enough to make sure of his club’s place in the Ryman North again next season.

Boro will go past the 50-point mark this season with a win at Trafford Park, a tally Martin says will keep his team safe, though in all likelihood the Ship Lane club already have enough points to stay up.

And having beaten Great Wakering Rovers last weekend, the Romford boss is targeting more success over a side struggling near the bottom of the table this weekend.

Martin said: “We wanted two wins from this month; we already have one and the next one, if it comes this weekend, will take us past 50 points, which should be enough to keep us comfortable.

“We are on a good run at the minute, but we don’t seem to travel well and the long journeys, especially to the Norfolk clubs, seem to hurt us. Realistically, Wroxham are probably only one defeat away from relegation, so they will be giving it their all this weekend.”

Romford head to Wroxham chasing a fourth league win in five matches, but know it will be tough at Trafford Park, which has hardly been a happy hunting ground for Boro in recent seasons.

The Ship Lane club have not won on any of their last four visits to face the Yachtsmen, including suffering a humiliating 8-0 loss back in October 2014.

Last season’s 1-1 draw ended a run of three straight defeats at the venue for Romford, but Martin is confident his team will end their rotten streak in Norfolk this weekend.

“We seem to have a torrid time at Wroxham in the league, but it’s down to me to make sure we are focused this weekend,” he added.

“I can’t predict the result because this league is so competitive, but hopefully I can gee the boys up a little on the coach on the way up there.”

Last weekend’s win against Great Wakering Rovers saw Romford pick up their second league victory in a row, with both goals coming from Chris Taylor.

Boro had to battle back from being a goal down at half time, but Taylor levelled the scores less than four minutes into the second half.

And with three minutes left, Taylor popped up with a vital winner for Boro and Martin was only too pleased to heap praise on his match-winning forward, adding: “Chris has scored all the goals in our last two home games and it is great to see as he has been patient, but has taken his chance well.

“He’s a great player to have in a squad because he takes things on board in training and listens to what you have to say.

“Credit must also go to the defence too as they did well in the second half to stop Rovers and I thought both goalkeepers did well.”

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