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Striker on the agenda for Romford boss Martin

PUBLISHED: 11:16 25 July 2014 | UPDATED: 11:16 25 July 2014

Tom Richardson scores the first goal for Romford against Saffron Walden Town last Saturday. Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO

Tom Richardson scores the first goal for Romford against Saffron Walden Town last Saturday. Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO

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Romford manager Paul Martin has a striker in mind to complete his 20-man squad for the new Ryman One North season, despite netting eight goals in pre-season so far.

The Boro chief has signed on 19 players so far, and will now play the waiting game as clubs higher up the leagues start to release their players.

“If I can get one more centre forward in that will be it,” said Martin.

“Players are now getting released from other teams and hopefully we can come across a decent striker and get them on board.

Martin saw his side win 4-1 at Ship Lane against Saffron Walden Town last Saturday, with goals from Tom Richardson, Matt Toms, Scott Truman and Reece Tranter.

And it was the turn of the trialists at Barking on Tuesday night and though they lost 2-1 to the Essex Senior League outfit, Martin is pleased with how it has gone.

“Pre-season isn’t about the results, but it’s nice to be scoring a few goals, especially against Saffron Walden who have been tipped to do well in their league.

“It’s all about getting some fitness and football under your belts before it all starts for good and all the boys are working hard.

“At Barking I started with the trialists because the pitch wasn’t great, before bringing the first teamers on for half hour.

“That’s when we started to get going a bit and pulled a goal back.”

Romford play their part this weekend in a four-team tournament held at Aveley’s Mill Field ground and face Ryman Premier outfit Grays Athletic tomorrow (Saturday) at 3.30pm, before taking on East Thurrock United on Sunday with a 1pm kick-off.

And while it’s still pre-season games, Martin believes the tournament format will have a competitive edge to them.

“They won’t be easy games that’s for sure,” said Martin.

“It should be a good tournament as you’ll get to use the whole squad over the two days and the games will have a bit more on them with it being four local sides.”

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