Ryman North: Romford boss Paul Martin targets a big finish at home to Aveley

PUBLISHED: 16:00 21 April 2017

Greg Akpele of Romford runs with the ball against Thurrock (pic: Mick Kearns/TGS Photo)

Greg Akpele of Romford runs with the ball against Thurrock (pic: Mick Kearns/TGS Photo)

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Boro manager also hopes star striker Chinedu McKenzie can reach landmark total

Romford finish their Ryman North season at home to Aveley tomorrow (Saturday) and boss Paul Martin is desperate to avoid ending on a losing run.

A 6-2 defeat at home to Maldon & Tiptree and a 2-0 reverse ‘away’ to landlords Thurrock over the Easter break means Boro have lost each of their last four games.

Aveley, however, are one of the form sides in the league having not lost in their last eight games, including a 1-0 win at home to Hornchurch on Monday.

But with Romford finishing their campaign in front of their own fans, Martin is demanding a success from his team when they entertain the Millers this weekend.

“It’s unusual that we’re at home on the final day of the season as we’re normally away, and we want to end with a good result,” he said.

“We want to go out there and beat Aveley, which will hopefully be a good way to thank the fans for their support this season.

“Jamie Dicks might also be back for the weekend and he might come off the bench for his 200th appearance for the club, which is a great achievement for a 24-year-old.”

While Martin is craving a victory to end the season, leading scorer Chinedu McKenzie knows he has just one game left to reach 30 goals for the campaign.

The prolific forward has been stuck on 29 goals since netting the only goal in a home win against Bury Town on March 25 – a drought of four matches.

Since then, McKenzie has been unable to trouble the scorers, but Martin says the Boro attacker has still been giving it his all.

“We haven’t been winning games recently because Chin’s not been scoring, but it’s not through a lack of trying,” he added.

“Strikers go through good patches of form and bad patches, and at the minute nothing seems to be going in for him.

“If the goal comes against Aveley, then it comes, but he should already be on 30 after having a penalty wrongly not given against Haringey Borough.

“You never know in football and ‘Chin’ might go out and get me a hat-trick on Saturday!”

Martin will hope his team can use the Aveley clash to put their double Easter disappointment behind them after losses to promotion hopefuls Maldon and Thurrock.

Over the space of the two games, Boro conceded eight goals, but Martin is not overly concerned by the number shipped.

“Against Maldon, we were in the game right up until the 88th minute when the score was 3-2. We wanted to get back in it and threw more men forward, but they scored and from there it didn’t matter what we lost by,” he added.

“The Thurrock game was your typical end-of-season match, though, as both teams had little to play for and it showed in the game as there was little entertainment.”

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