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Bostik North: Romford manager Paul Martin delighted with Jay Knight after double on debut in win over Grays Athletic

PUBLISHED: 17:30 03 January 2018 | UPDATED: 08:53 04 January 2018

Jay Knight celebrates scoring for Romford at Grays Athletic in the Bostik North (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

Jay Knight celebrates scoring for Romford at Grays Athletic in the Bostik North (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

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New Boro forward netted twice on his first appearance for the club

Stephen Reynolds of Romford makes a save to deny an equalising goal from Kieran Bishop of Grays (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo) Stephen Reynolds of Romford makes a save to deny an equalising goal from Kieran Bishop of Grays (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

Romford manager Paul Martin praised forward Jay Knight after the attacker netted a brace on his debut in a 2-1 win at Grays Athletic in the Bostik Premier.

Knight scored both goals as Boro moved off the bottom of the table with all three points on New Year’s Day.

The former Welling United man opened the scoring in the 21st minute, before adding his second just two minutes into the second half.

Glen Poole pulled one back for the Blues in the 51st minute, but Romford were able to hold on to triumph, with Knight’s brace proving the difference.

The attacker has recently moved to Ship Lane after a spell with divisional rivals Barking, and Martin was pleased with how Knight got on in his debut.

“The hardest thing for us this season has been scoring goals. Sometimes it can take a bit of time for new players to gel, but Jay has started with a bang,” he said.

“Jay was unlucky not to get a hat trick, but he did well for us in the middle and took the chances that came his way.”

The Romford boss also had special praise for a player at the other end of the pitch, believing Stephen Reynolds’ efforts in goal were as crucial as Knight’s display in securing the win.

Reynolds produced a string of fine saves to deny the Grays attack on several occasions, and Martin was delighted with the his stopper’s performance.

“Stephen pulled off some great saves against Grays and if it wasn’t for him, it would have been a different story,” he added.

Martin was also pleased with the display from his team as they took part in their first game since December 23.

A couple of postponements due to the weather saw Romford’s festive fixture list reduced, and Martin believes that may have aided his side.

“We were disciplined on the day and the break we’ve had with games postponed seemed to help us in the end,” he said.

The win saw Romford move out of the relegation zone, though only goal difference is keeping them above Cheshunt, who now occupy last place.

The Ambers confirmed former Billericay Town manager Craig Edwards as their new boss earlier this week, moving from felllow Bostik North outfit Ware.

But Martin will want to keep his side above Edwards’ new side over the remainder of the term.

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