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Ishmail pleased with Romford rewards

PUBLISHED: 16:00 12 October 2017

James Ishmail of Romford and Jack Dixon of Hastings during their FA Trophy tie (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

James Ishmail of Romford and Jack Dixon of Hastings during their FA Trophy tie (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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James Ishmail paid tribute to his Romford team-mates after netting a late equaliser at Bostik North rivals Norwich United in midweek.

Romford manager Paul Martin made his first-team debut for the club as a late substitute at Norwich United (pic Romford Football Club) Romford manager Paul Martin made his first-team debut for the club as a late substitute at Norwich United (pic Romford Football Club)

Centre-back Ishmail pounced at the end of normal time to secure a 1-1 draw and ensure Boro did not make the long trip back from Norfolk empty-handed – and remained above their rivals at the foot of the table.

And he felt they could have had more on the night, despite travelling with an understrength squad.

He said: “Overall we were unlucky to only come away with a point. We’ve been playing well lately and not getting the rub of the green and I thought it might be another one of those games.

“But credit to all the boys, who never lost belief, showed great character and we got our reward in the end. It could be a really important point when we look back at the end of the season, but really we should have taken all three.

“A 200-mile round trip midweek, down to our bare bones with ‘Magic’ and ‘Lordy’ named on the bench - after Lordy’s pie and chips on the coach up there! - we knew it was going to be a game where we had to show character and I think we did that.”

Long-serving Ishmail is fifth on the club’s all-time appearance list with 236 to his name and has a dozen goals on his Boro playing record.

And he admitted it was a surprise to see manager Paul Martin bring himself on for a debut at Norwich, but felt the boss more than played his part in his brief cameo.

He added: “Magic and I were talking pre season and saying that although I don’t score many, I’d scored some important goals over the years so hopefully it can be another one of those.

“It’s a result we can now build on and hopefully start to turn our season around. I couldn’t quite believe it when the linesman flagged for a sub and I saw Magic padded up on the sideline!

“It didn’t take him long to stamp his mark on the game. After being on the pitch for 30 seconds he did what he always asks of our forwards and made sure their centre-half knew he was there! He can now add some playing time to the long list of things he does for the club!

“Three minutes later Reynolds turned neatly on the edge and hit a decent shot on target, their keeper had spilled a couple earlier in the game so I knew I had half a chance when I followed it in, thankfully he did the same again.

“I think if Magic was 10 years younger he would have beaten me to the ball and finished it himself!”

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