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Ryman North: Romford manager Paul Martin wary of struggling Great Wakering Rovers

PUBLISHED: 15:00 03 March 2017

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

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

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Ryan Boswell returns to Boro squad this weekend after seeing his record-breaking run of consecutive games for the club ended last Saturday

Lewis Payne of Witham tries to escape from Romford captain Ryan Boswell (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)Lewis Payne of Witham tries to escape from Romford captain Ryan Boswell (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

Romford manager Paul Martin expects Great Wakering Rovers to put up a real fight when they visit Ship Lane tomorrow (Saturday) in Ryman North.

Boro host second-bottom Rovers, who are 12 points from safety having won just six times in the league this season.

But Iain O’Connell has recently taken over as manager of the strugglers, so Martin is taking nothing for granted this weekend.

He said: “Great Wakering are not only fighting for their lives, but they have a new manager in place now.

“That means everybody is trying to impress because they will want to be around next season regardless of what happens.

“We need to just carry on what we have been doing and make the most of having home advantage.

“This season we have done well at Ship Lane and we want a couple of wins in March to make sure we’re safe.”

After hosting Great Wakering, Romford travel to basement club Wroxham on Saturday week (March 11), before entertaining Heybridge Swifts a week later.

This month provides Boro with an excellent chance to ensure they can enjoy the final few games of the campaign knowing they will be in the Ryman North again next season.

A victory tomorrow to back up their 2-1 win at Thamesmead Town last weekend will go some way to assuring Romford of safety.

Martin will have Ryan Boswell available again after he missed the success at Bayliss Avenue with illness.

Charlie Yexley filled in for the absent right-back at Thamesmead, but has left ahead of a move to New Zealand.

“Boswell is back this weekend after he was hit with a 48-hour virus,” said Martin.

“He actually broke the record recently for playing the most consecutive games for us and then two weeks later is ill and misses a match.

“Charlie filled in, but we are losing him now because he is going to New Zealand. I only brought him to the club a month ago, so it is a shame.

“I can only thank him for his time here and we have had to de-register him a month early, so he can get his international clearance sorted to play out there.”

Romford claimed a 2-1 success in Yexley’s last match with Chinedu McKenzie and Kai Bichard on target at Thamesmead.

The victory moved Boro up to 16th in the table and they are now 11 points above the relegation zone.

Boswell missed the match and it ended his remarkable run of featuring in 67 consecutive games for Romford.

The 21-year-old captained Boro during their 2-1 win over Witham Town on February 11 to break the record.

After appearing at Norwich United the following weekend, Boswell then missed out at Thamesmead Town.

Martin added: “Ryan played 67 games on the spin and at the age of 21, that is a massive achievement.

“It is so easy to get knocks and niggles in this league and miss a match, but he didn’t for a long time.

“He broke the record on his birthday and we won against Witham, so it was a really good day for him.”

Boswell is not the only player returning for Romford on Saturday after missing the win at Bayliss Avenue.

“James Ishmail is two weeks away after his injury at Hornchurch and Jamie Dicks has one more match to serve on his suspension,” said Martin.

“Charlie Parrish has another two to go, but Greg Akpele is available and young Jack Sykes-Brown is available as well.”

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