Rock bottom Romford host Tilbury on Saturday afternoon, aiming to get just their second league win of the season so far. In what has been a hectic few weeks for all involved with the club, this will be only the second home game under new manager & owner Glenn Tamplin.
After making headlines with his unorthodox team talks as manager of Billericay Town, the eyes of the non-league world now fall firmly on Tamplin again as he aims to climb Romford off the foot of the table.
It doesn’t get much more unorthodox than sacking the manager and 15 players on your first day, but that’s exactly what the business mogul turned owner turned current manager did. His aim of transforming not only the fortunes of the club, but the community around it began on his first game versus Coggeshall, where he bought every home fan a pint. His generosity wasn’t enough to reward him with a winning start – The Boro stumbling to a 3-2 defeat. But Tamplin, much like everyone at Romford, knows turning the tide will be a marathon – not a sprint.
The home side face a stern test however, as Tilbury will arrive with confidence sky high – Their away form far superior to their home, and a 5-2 cup win midweek means The Dockers will have full faith in their ability to make the short trip back to Thurrock with all three points.
The meeting between the pair means a return to a former club for current Tilbury goalkeeper Harry Aldridge. Once calling Romford his home, he’ll be aiming to earn his second away clean sheet this season for Tilbury. The away side will be hoping leading marksman Brian Moses adds to his impressive goal tally thus far, 10 goals to his name this campaign.
It’s a tie where Tilbury will be expecting to notch their fourth away win of the season, but they must be wary of the ‘new manager bounce’ Romford will feel – and if sacking almost all of the coaching and playing staff doesn’t give a club that ‘new manager bounce’ nothing will.
Josh O’Brien is one of our sports journalists. He currently studies a multimedia sports journalism degree at the UCFB Wembley campus. His previous roles include writing for You are my Arsenal blog, The Sun’s Dream Team app and betting company Kwiff.