Romford manager Paul Martin still hoping to improve his team

PUBLISHED: 13:00 28 July 2017

Romford Football club on their travels to Stowmarket (Pic: Michael Woods)

Romford Football club on their travels to Stowmarket (Pic: Michael Woods)


Romford manager Paul Martin admitted there is still work to be done as they head into their final pre-season fixture against Thurrock this weekend.

Boro will face Bostik Premier Division side at their joint-home Ship Lane on Saturday and Martin admits it’s now time to find his line-up and formation for the upcoming season.

“We’ve been rotating the line-up, so players get 60 minutes, then the others get 30 and the next game the guys that got 60 got 30,” he said.

“We definitely need to start a strong side and find our formation this Saturday.

“We need to make sure we have a formation that’s hard to break down.”

The boss admits pre-season has been ‘frustrating’ and is still hoping to improve his side ahead of the campaign.

“It’s been a little bit frustrating with people being on holiday and busy with work,” Martin said.

“We’re still 40 per cent short of where I want to the squad to be right now.

“We can’t play the formation we want to play unless we have the players come to us.

“We have to see what players we can get and play a formation that suits them.”

Martin also believes his squad still needs additions and he is hopeful they can still sign a few more ahead of their opening league fixture against Bury Town.

“We’re still playing the waiting game,” he admitted.

“One or two players we’re waiting on to see if they get signed after this weekend.

“I think we’re three or four players short of where I want to be, as we still more some more class.”

One pre-season ritual that Romford Football Club always lives up to is a long away day to get the team bonding and the manager believes it’s important.

“Pre-season can be stressful for a manager, so it’s nice to get a journey that is more than two hours away.

“The boys can start having a chat and having some banter together.”

The club lost 3-1 at Stowmarket Town this year.

“Pre-season results don’t count for anything, it’s when the league points start that is when it counts.

“Stowmarket I know the physio well and they put us on a big barbeque after and we had a few drinks and I’m sure there was a lot of sore heads on Sunday.”

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