Bostik North: Romford manager Paul Martin proud of his men after avoiding relegation on the final day of the season

PUBLISHED: 10:00 30 April 2018

Romford players celebrate staying in the Bostik North after a 4-2 victory against Maldon & Tiptree (Pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

Romford players celebrate staying in the Bostik North after a 4-2 victory against Maldon & Tiptree (Pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

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Romford manager Paul Martin’s emotions were running high after he guided his side to survival with a 4-2 victory against Maldon & Tiptree.

Goals from Carlos Djalo, Ayodeji Olukoga, Kris Newby and Greg Akpele all netted to seal the three points at the club’s final game at Ship Lane to ensure Bostik North football next season.

Boss Martin revealed how he is of his team after staying up on the final day thanks to Cheshunt beating Norwich United 6-3.

“I’m proud, emotional and I’ve probably never been prouder since my daughter was born,” he said.

“I can’t be more proud of the boys, it’s been a tough season for everyone, rebuilding all the time and keep changing things.

“We had to bring Steven Reynolds back in for the game, Tom Potter was at work, so we had to shuffle the squad around again.

“It goes to show the boys of capable of doing things and I think the proudest part of it is we’ve done the treble over Grays and Maldon this year.

“They’re two fantastic clubs that have got fantastic players so to even achieve that is unbelievable.”

The boss also revealed the fight from his men paid off especially after going 1-0 down when Lee Barnard netted in the ninth minute of the match.

“We obviously went 1-0 down quite early on, but it was a great response getting two goals in two or three minutes, which put us back in the race.

“We set a target last two games and we took them both as play-off semi-final and final so before the match I said you’ve done part one now you’ve got to do part two.”

He also wanted to thank Craig Edward’s men for beating Norwich United to help them remain in the Bostik North.

“We’ve got to obviously thank Cheshunt as well for giving us a bit more of a heart attack than expected.

“I didn’t want to know the scores, but I did have a cheeky look at half-time and saw they were 3-0 up and then it was 3-2.

“Then I heard it went 3-3 as someone shouted it out to me but I didn’t the players to be affected by that and block that noise out from the supporters.

“We still had a job to do, especially when it went 3-2, but a great bit of quality from Newby, great vision and super sub Greg came on and nipped it between the keeper’s legs and won the game for us.”


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