Romford boss believes his side’s fate is in their own hands as the ‘great escape’ is still on

PUBLISHED: 18:21 16 April 2018 | UPDATED: 18:44 16 April 2018

Romford manager Paul Martin issues instructions (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Romford manager Paul Martin issues instructions (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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“If we do stay up I guarantee I’l be buying Steve McQueen Escape to Victory t-shirts and we’l be wearing them in the warm up.”

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

Paul Martin has said that Romford’s fate is in their own hands, after a goalless draw at the weekend with promotion chasing Potters Bar Town lifted them off the bottom of the league.

Martin’s Bostik League North Division side drew 0-0 at Ship Lane on Saturday afternoon, and the Romford manager said jokingly that if his side pull off the ‘great escape’ they will all wear Escape to Victory t-shirts on the final day of the season.

The Boro now face another tough mid-week away trip to Witham on Tuesday night (7.45pm), and Martin said that with four games left to survive it is up to his men to keep their unbeaten run going and avoid relegation.

Speaking about his sides 0-0 draw on Saturday, Martin said: “I think everyone would be happy to take a point before the game, especially with the form Potters Bar are in, they’re chasing for automatic promotion, on paper a lot of people would have said Romford aren’t taking any points against Potters Bar today.

“We’ve been solid and kept a clean sheet, and we’ve took the point, and if Nick takes that chance we might have nicked it 1-0 and Rob (Budd) made three or four good saves to keep us in the game.

“A point would have been fair for both teams.”

On his side’s chances of survival he said: “I think four or five weeks ago they wrote us off on social media, and we’re proving a point we’re no mugs.

“We do our jobs and if everyone is on their game then we’re capable of getting results.

“We’re not out of the woods yet, it’s nice to be off the bottom of the league, we’ve been bottom for the last four/five months so it’s nice to have a couple of days off the bottom, and now all we’ve got to do is match Norwich’s results and we stay up.

Back in September the sides met at Ship Lane and a Chris Taylor goal put the Boro ahead just before half time but Tim Monsheju levelled for Witham 15 minutes later.

The spoils were shared at 1-1 but Martin will be hoping for his side to go one step further and come home with all the points on Tuesday night.

Martin said: “Witham is a very tough place to go to especially mid-week.

“If we could take four points in our next two games against Witham and Brentwood we will be happy with that, if we lose them both then it will be squeaky bum time again.

“I think everything is just trying to keep the belief we can stay up, until mathematically you’re down you’ve got to be fighting, we just needed a little bit of luck and a little bit of confidence to get us going again.

“We’re a massive Jekyll and Hyde team and you can’t predict a result in this league.

“It’s in our hands now not to go down and we’ve got to rely on ourselves and no-one else.”

“Ten games ago I said to the boys lets see if we can go the rest of the season unbeaten, which we only won five in 30 odd games and the boys have worked hard and have deserved this good run.

“If we do stay up I guarantee I’l be buying Steve McQueen Escape to Victory t-shirts and we’l be wearing them in the warm up.”

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