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Romford boss delighted with return

09:00 31 January 2014

Romford manager Paul Martin (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Romford manager Paul Martin (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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Martin: It’s great to be back from ban

Romford boss Paul Martin admitted it was great to be back on match-day duty as his side beat Ryman One North rivals Chatham at the weekend.

Martin had seen a five-match ban take two months to clear, due to a spate of postponements.

But he returned to the dugout as goals from Paul Clayton and Ryan Imbert sealed a 2-0 win and said: “It was nice to be back in there. I’ve been sorting the squad out at training, but felt like I’ve been living at Fords.

“We were unlucky not to get a point against Harlow, who are doing well at the moment. It was one bad mistake.

“But I’m rotating the squad to give everyone a game. Some of them have gone nearly two months without kicking a ball.

“We made six changes and won 2-0, which proves we’re strong enough. It was a great result for us, but the pitch – I was sinking on it afterwards! “

There had been some debate about Boro’s first goal, as Tom Richardson’s goalbound shot was deflected in by long-serving Clayton.

But Martin was in no doubt about the identity of the scorer and praised Romford’s team spirit, as well as the help from supporters with meeting recent rent costs, adding: “It was Clayton’s all day! Tom had a shot and Clayts was trying to move out of the way, but it hit his hip and went in so you claim it.

“Everyone jumped on Clayton afterwards so it’s his goal. My lot are always jumping about. We’ve got to enjoy every win we can.

“I’d just like to say a massive thanks to all the supporters who donated money to help us out and keep us going.

“We’re like a big family and I’d like to thank them on behalf of the club.”

Boro saw three attempts to play their midweek meeting with landlords Thurrock at Ship Lane thwarted by the weather.

They are due to host lowly Ware tomorrow (Saturday) and Erith & Belvedere on Wednesday and are looking at ways of protecting the surface.

Martin added: “We’re trying to get some sheeting to cover the whole pitch.

“If it’s no good for Ware, hopefully we can get a game on Wednesday against Erith. It’s meant to be colder.”

Victory at Chatham lifted Boro three places to 17th and they have games in hand on all their rivals in the bottom half of the table.

But Martin is hoping they do not suffer too many more cancellations, adding: “I’d rather have points on the board than games in hand but I’m not panicking. I think we’ll be comfortable.

“I think we’ve got one more spare midweek to play with, but then we could be looking at three games a week in the last two weeks of the season.

“It doesn’t matter too much if you’re in mid-table. Back in the day you’d play on these pitches but it’s a bit more health and safety these days.”

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