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Martin: It takes pressure off
Romford boss Paul Martin admitted a 1-0 win over Ryman One North rivals Soham Town had taken some pressure off his side.
Boro had lost their previous three games, albeit one of them to opposition from a division above in the FA Cup, but Martin believed the result was much needed.
He said: “I’m very happy. 1-0, clean sheet at home and three points is what we needed.
“This takes a lot of pressure off us.”
Martin went on to highlight the problem his team has had with scoring goals this season, adding: “When you look at our league this year, there is only a few teams that have conceded less goals than us.
“We’ve lost six games this year and three of them have been 1-0s. We just aren’t scoring goals.
“There was only two teams that had scored less than us as well.”
Romford’s goalscoring hero on Saturday was Tom Richardson, who grabbed his seventh goal of the campaign and Martin praised the forward for taking a chance by shooting from distance.
“He is a fantastic young player,” added Martin.
“He’s had a pop there, kept it low and crept it into the back of the net.
“That has won us the game. I can’t argue because if you don’t shoot you don’t score goals.”
Four strikers started for Romford against Soham, with Lewis Francis and Eddie Hart having to play wide as switched to a 4-4-2 formation due to injuries and suspensions.
Martin prefers to play 4-3-3, but praised the work of Robbie Norris and Michael Sammut who played excellently and coped well without the usual extra man in central midfield.
He said: “We have had to change our formation, which we don’t normally like doing.
“We normally always have three in the middle of the park, but we had two in there so it was hard work for them, especially when you’ve got to try to explain to wingers that they’ve got to tuck in.
“If you look at it, we have got four forwards on the pitch. It is hard to explain to forwards because they don’t like defending but it has paid off and they’ve got the three points.”
Boro return to action on Wednesday, when they take on East Thurrock in the Ryman League Cup.
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