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Bostik North: Romford boss Paul Martin praises Thurrock and Tommy South ahead of their final match at Ship Lane

PUBLISHED: 09:00 27 April 2018

General view of Thurrock Football ground which has been sold and is due for redevelopment (Pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

General view of Thurrock Football ground which has been sold and is due for redevelopment (Pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

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Romford will play their last ever match at temporary home Ship Lane as their landlords Thurrock are folding and their ground Ship Lane is up for sale.

General view of Thurrock Football ground which has been sold and is due for redevelopment (Pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)General view of Thurrock Football ground which has been sold and is due for redevelopment (Pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

Boro have ground-shared with Thurrock since the start of 2012/13 season but Fleet chairman Tommy South announced at the start of this season he intended to sell the club due to health issues.

Paul Martin’s men were forced to find a new home for the 2018/19 season and will be playing their home matches at East Thurrock’s Rookery Hill ground.

But first they will take to the Ship Lane for one last time in a match they need to win to give them a chance of remaining in the Bostik North.

A loss would mean relegation to the Essex Senior League and Martin admitted leaving their current home is emotional as they’ll be losing a good friendship with Thurrock.

“The biggest downfall of not playing here after Saturday is the friendship with Tommy South and Thurrock Football Club as they’re a fantastic club,” Martin said.

“I’ve never met such a humble and nice bloke and what he’s gone through in the last season and a half it is unbelievable that he has come back.”

Martin praised their landlords efforts this campaign as they currently sit 13th in the Bostik Premier Division with one match left to play against Staines Town.

“You’ve also got to give credit to Mark Stimson and his player for not just going out and giving up this year.

“They knew it was their last season and what an achievement, gone up last year and they could finish top half, so you’ve got to give credit for everyone at Thurrock.”

He also expressed his thanks to Tommy South and Thurrock for everything they’ve done for his club.

“Thanks to Tommy for what he has done for this club.”

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