Martin calm ahead of Romford's trip to Witham
PUBLISHED: 17:00 07 December 2018
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Boro without a win in their last eight league matches
Paul Martin insists now is not the time to panic ahead of Romford’s trip to Witham Town in the Bostik North on Saturday.
Boro head for the league’s bottom-side on Saturday, knowing a victory for Town would see the gap between the sides cut to just two points.
The Rookery Hill club are also without a win in their last eight league matches, a run that stretches back to the end of September.
That form has seen Romford slide down the table after a promising start to the new campaign.
But Boro manager Martin remains a calm figure, noting there is still a long way to go in the campaign.
Asked how crucial a win was this weekend, he said: “Every game is important, but if 10 games from the end of the season we were in the form we’re currently in, then I’d be concerned.
“I always set myself a target of getting 20 points before Christmas and this season is no different; it’s a challenge, but we’ll be OK if we can do that.
“We had fewer points at this stage last season from more games, so there’s no need to panic yet.
“It’s still quite tight at the bottom of the league, so we just have to remain patient.”
Martin will hope Romford can tighten up at the back at Witham after shipping eight goals in two defeats over the past week.
Boro lost 4-1 to both Brentwood Town and Maldon & Tiptree in the league, but the manager feels that may in part be down to some notable absentees.
“I don’t want to blame it on injuries, but it’s always difficult when you don’t have a right-back or a left-back.
“We’re having to make up the numbers and do what we can when these players our out injured.
“We’re gutted with the results, but we’re not in a position where we can make wholesale changes to the squad.
“We don’t have a budget, so we have to work with what we’ve got in order to turn things around.”
Martin also acknowledged Romford’s recent form was not the best and said he understood fans’ frustrations, but urged supporters to stick with his team.
“I’m not happy with how things have gone recently and the fans shouldn’t be happy either,” he said.
“We’ll keep plugging away, but I’ll get it right; we just have to work hard to find out a way to win again.”