Bostik North: Romford boss Paul Martin very impressed with ‘dark horses’ Heybridge Swifts

PUBLISHED: 15:00 17 August 2017

Romford manager Paul Martin (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

Romford manager Paul Martin (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

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Experienced manager hopes his new-look squad will learn from heavy 5-1 defeat at Ship Lane

Paul Martin admitted Romford’s 5-1 loss at home to Heybridge Swifts in the Bostik North last night should act as a learning curve for his players.

Jonathan Nzenga scored for Boro in the second half, but goals from Sam Bantick, Luke Callander, Harrison Chatting and a Juan Luque brace gave Swifts a deserved win.

After picking up a respectable point away to Bury Town on Saturday, Romford were put to the sword by Jody Brown’s men at Ship Lane.

Martin said: “The score was definitely fair. We could have played and defended a bit better, but I don’t think we will play many sides better than Heybridge Swifts in our league.

“I did say last week I expected them to be dark horses for the title and you only have to look at the players they have got to see they will be.

“When you compare the two squads they have people who have been at Colchester United, Leyton Orient and Concord Rangers and we have lads playing for the first time at this level.

“It was a massive learning curve for some of my boys and shows them what they need to do to be able to compete in the Bostik.”

Nzenga’s second goal for Romford, after netting away to Bury, was a positive for Martin to draw on.

The Boro boss hopes the former Barkingside and Ware winger can continue to enjoy his football at the club.

“We got Jonathan from Cheshunt, so he has come here even though we have no money as he wants to play regularly,” said Martin.

“He has got two in two now, so that’s definitely a positive for us, but you have to wonder how long we will keep him.

“I am hoping he will stick around for the season because I have explained to him the example of Chinedu McKenzie.

“We all know ‘Chin’ had loads of offers to leave, but stayed with us until the end, got his goals and then moved to the National League, so the opportunity is there for players to really progress.”

Romford’s all-time leading goalscorer Nick Reynolds has backed Nzenga to also enjoy a memorable season with the club.

He added: “It’s great to see Jonathan grab a few early goals. He looked very lively in the friendly fixtures and I’m glad he has taken that form into the league. I hope he carries on as I’m expecting him to do big things for us this season.”

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