Bostik North: Paul Martin proud of young Romford team after victory at Cheshunt

PUBLISHED: 15:00 20 December 2017

Chris Taylor of Romford (on ground) scores the third goal for his team against Cheshunt (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo).

Chris Taylor of Romford (on ground) scores the third goal for his team against Cheshunt (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo).

©TGS Photo +44 1376 553468

The Ship Lane manager praised the efforts of his inexperienced side and reflected on the defence he had to select at Theobalds Lane

Jonathan Nzengo of Romford scores the first goal for his team at Cheshunt (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo). Jonathan Nzengo of Romford scores the first goal for his team at Cheshunt (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo).

Paul Martin hailed the work rate of his Romford team after watching them end their 17-match run without a win in the Bostik North last night with a 4-2 victory away to Cheshunt.

It was a big game for both sides with just six points separating them at the bottom of the table, but it was the visitors who were all smiles afterwards.

Jason Hallett fired Cheshunt in front, but Jonathan Nzengo and Garrett Kelly, from the penalty spot, made it 2-1 to Boro at half time.

Chris Taylor grabbed Romford a third at the start of the second period and despite Hallett scoring again, Carlos Djalo wrapped up the points late on.

Martin said: “What’s happened at times this season is we’ve come off with a loss with no blood or sweat on the players, but you could see they had steam coming off them, sweat pouring off and their kits were filthy because they’ve put the effort in.

“What has been our downfall at times is not enough hunger and we played some good football at Cheshunt, but we also showed a lot more hunger to win the ball back quicker and press instead of slowing the game down and waiting.

“I think that is why we caught them on the counter-attack a couple of times and then they have thrown the gauntlet at us to nick a draw and we’ve caught them again.

“We got caught at Barking recently, but this time we’ve got the result and I do actually have a good record at Cheshunt anyway, so I’m pleased.”

It was a fully deserved win for Romford who recovered well after conceding with only three minutes played.

They dominated the rest of the first half and equalised in stunning fashion with 38 gone when Nzengo dribbled past a couple of opponents before drilling into the corner.

Stand-in captain Taylor then won a penalty before the break, which Kelly converted to make it 2-1 at the interval.

A stunning move involving the excellent Harry Daly and Djalo then saw Taylor head home Boro’s third in the 50th minute.

Cheshunt piled on the pressure afterwards and Hallett pulled one back 11 minutes later, but Romford defended well and grabbed a fourth when Nzengo played in Djalo and he poked home a minute from time.

Martin laughed when reflecting on Boro’s only other league victory this season - a 4-1 success at home to Tilbury

He added: “It does seem strange when you think we’ve only won two league games, but we’ve scored four times in both of them!

“I think ourselves and Cheshunt knew it was a win or bust sort of result because whoever lost was aware there would probably be trouble over Christmas.

“The game was wide-open and they missed a couple of good chances in the first half and so did we, but it was probably a good game to watch as a neutral because it was end-to-end.”

Romford could have been forgiven for thinking it was going to be another long night after losing James Ishmail to injury in the warm-up and then going a goal down early.

But Boro’s young back four of Ryan Burt-Allen, Teddy Perkins, Hugo Atkinson and Sam Mvemba stuck to the task and defended excellently for long periods.

Martin said: “We’ve been unlucky because Dan Cossington has been one of my key players and stars at the back and I’ve got Teddy in from Leyton Orient to partner him, but Dan had to only be on the bench at Cheshunt because of his tight hamstring.

“Instead I put Ishmail in and he broke down in the warm-up, so I’ve got a 17-year-old and 18-year-old pairing at centre back and a 19-year-old on the right and a boy who has just turned 17 at left-back, so that’s unbelievable.

“I felt we were disciplined throughout and I would have been disappointed had we slipped up.”

Related articles


Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Romford Recorder visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Romford Recorder staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Romford Recorder account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest Romford Sports News


Teenager made mistake in build-up to second Gunners goal


Bostik North champions Hornchurch had to settle for a share of spoils after Cheshunt’s Ricky Sappleton netted a 90th minute equaliser.

Yesterday, 16:00

AFC Hornchurch under-15s were crowned champions of the Essex Rosser Cup Final thanks to two late goals from John Sasere to seal a 3-1 victory against Concord Rangers at the Aspect Arena.

Yesterday, 14:00

Austrian scored for east Londoners in 4-1 reverse at Gunners in Premier League

Yesterday, 12:00

London Two North East: Old Cooperians 19 Romford & Gidea Park 22

Yesterday, 10:00

Four academy graduates featured for the Essex club in their National League win at Guiseley last week

Mon, 10:00

A brand new and unique running event is coming to London next month.


There are many reasons people decide to join a gym. Some want to pack on muscle for strength, train for endurance, or lose weight. But did you know it also does wonders for your mental health? Two members at Romford’s Better Gym in the Market Place talk about their personal fitness journey and the importance of replacing bad habits with good ones.

Sean Watson, director at the family-run St Michaels Homes which runs Howard Lodge and Dudbrook Hall, answers the common questions people have about care homes.

NC Construction Services Ltd, based in Hornchurch, Essex, is branching out into residential home improvements and refurbishments after many years working in the commercial sector, in direct response to potential clients looking to add space and value to their property.

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read sport

Show Job Lists

News from your area


Having a brand new kitchen is something that lots of people want but can only dream of. Sadly keeping up to date and making our living spaces as nice as they can be is a costly and incredibly stressful business. Even a fresh coat of paint makes all the difference but isn’t easy or quick.

Who wouldn’t love the chance to go on a shopping spree. Imagine being able to walk into a shop and choose whatever your heart desires without having to worry about how much it costs.

Digital Edition


Enjoy the
Romford Recorder
e-edition today


Education and Training


Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now