Ryman North: Chinedu McKenzie enjoying life at Romford after inspiring FA Trophy success

PUBLISHED: 16:00 01 November 2016

Chinedu McKenzie scores for Romford against Haringey Borough last month (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Chinedu McKenzie scores for Romford against Haringey Borough last month (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Former Phoenix Sports striker praised character of team-mates after playing whole of second half at Horsham with 10 men

Romford forward Chinedu McKenzie is keen to score even more goals for the club after netting a hat-trick on Sunday.

The striker scored three times at Horsham to send Boro through to the second qualifying round of the FA Trophy with a 3-1 victory.

It gave Paul Martin’s team a fifth win out of their last seven games and more importantly £2,700 in prize money.

McKenzie said: “I’m enjoying my football so much at Romford and it’s showing with all the different types of goals I’m scoring.

“Previously I’ve always scored two goals max at semi-pro level so I’m absolutely buzzing to now have a hat-trick at this level.

“With God on my side I know I have plenty more goals and hat-tricks to offer to Romford.”

It wasn’t all plain-sailing for Romford at Gorings Mead last weekend against the Ryman South outfit.

McKenzie scored twice inside the opening 23 minutes, but debutant Tarren Dhariwal saw red for Martin’s team on the stroke of half time.

But another goal for the ex-Redbridge striker to complete his hat-trick made it 3-0 before Horsham pulled one back on the hour mark, though it was never enough.

“The boys really done well to dig deep and grind out a good, positive win with 10 men,” said McKenzie.

“It showed so much character to stay in the game. We’ve been in this situation many times going two up in the first half and throwing it away. But against Horsham with a man less we knew we couldn’t let that happen again.”

And in addition to the prize money on offer, Romford were able to get half of the gate money with 291 in attendance.

The finances are hugely important for the Ship Lane club who have enjoyed an excellent October and will face a trip to Ryman Premier side AFC Sudbury in the next round of the Trophy on November 12.

McKenzie added: “It was a very big and important win for the club, we always thrive on being underdogs in many matches. To help earn £2,700 for the club is also a bonus.”

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