Ryman North: Loyal Chinedu McKenzie earns praise from Romford boss Paul Martin
PUBLISHED: 14:00 17 March 2017
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Former Redbridge and Harlow Town striker is close to hitting the 30-goal mark for Boro having turned down offers to leave the club
Romford manager Paul Martin hailed Chinedu McKenzie after he was on target again last weekend as Boro edged out Wroxham to win 2-1 in Ryman North.
The talented forward equalised for the away side two minutes into the second half after Connor Deeks opened the scoring after 20 minutes for the hosts.
Ayo Olukoga popped up with the winner on the stroke of full time, but McKenzie, who scored his 28th goal of the season at Trafford Park, received praise from his manager.
Martin said: “Chin has nicked another, so he’s close to the 30-goal mark now. I don’t think we’ve ever had somebody hit that tally since we have been in the Ryman, so he deserves a lot of credit for sticking with the club.
“Normally we sign a good player and lose them straight away, so we need to be grateful to Chin and the rest of the boys who have represented the club over the years and kept us in Ryman North.”
Romford have always looked set to stay up this season, but have hit form at the right time to ensure there is no nervous finale.
A trio of wins, all by a 2-1 scoreline, over the past three weeks have helped Boro move 15 points clear of the relegation zone.
McKenzie’s goals have aided Romford’s cause, but he was keen to heap praise on the rest of his team-mates and boss Martin.
The ex-Redbridge striker has flourished since rejoining Boro at the start of the season having been at the club for four months of the 2015/16 campaign.
“We dropped a few points early on, but now the team is fully gelled as a unit,” said McKenzie. “Everybody understands the style ‘Magic’ wants us to play and it is working because everyone is chipping in with goals and we are winning more games.
“The aim is to carry on enjoying our football and win as much as we can during our last seven matches now we are safe.”
Martin will be hoping his team can make it four consecutive wins when Heybridge Swifts visit Ship Lane tomorrow (Saturday).
Romford’s form at home has been strong all season and their top goalscorer is eyeing another victory.
“Saturday is a great opportunity for us to get a win under our belts, but Heybridge are going to come out all guns blazing,” warned McKenzie.
“Points are valuable to them to ensure they are not near the bottom, so it’s not going to be easy for us.
“But as long as we graft as a team and we are hard to break down, then I trust our boys to get more points on the board and move us up the table.”
McKenzie will hope to be in the goals again on Saturday and if he is, you can bet Romford will have probably bagged another three points at Ship Lane.