Ryman North: Paul Martin hoping division acknowledge Romford’s great form during March
PUBLISHED: 12:00 29 March 2017
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Boro have won three times and picked up draw in month to edge closer to the top-half of the table
Romford boss Paul Martin is hoping the club can earn some recognition from division sponsors Ryman after an impressive run in the league.
Boro finished February on a positive note with a 2-1 win at Thamesmead Town and continued that form into March.
Martin’s men have beaten Great Wakering Rovers, Wroxham and Bury Town this month and drew 3-3 with Heybridge Swifts.
He said: “We have done well of late, so it would be nice if we could get a little bit of recognition. Four victories and one draw is a great record.
“The draw was more like a win as well because we scored twice in stoppage time, but the priority now is next season.
“We are going to try and get some sponsorship in early and funding to enable us to keep going.
“We wore tirelessly to keep the club in the league and it would be nice to get the rub of the green in terms of the ground and sponsorship this summer.”
Boro were indebted to goalkeeper Callum Chafer on Saturday as they defeated Bury 1-0 at Ship Lane.
The Romford custodian produced a number of exceptional saves, as Martin’s team made it five unbeaten.
Chinedu McKenzie scored the only goal of the game in the 56 minute to give Boro all three points.
“If we didn’t win the games we have then I think we would have found ourselves in a dogfight, so this run has been important,” said Martin.
“But I have got to say in all my years in football I don’t think I have ever seen a more one-sided game than Saturday.
“Callum has been fantastic all season and was again, but Bury could have been 5-0 up inside quarter of an hour.
“They had five one-on-one chances and we have had one shot all game and finished 1-0 winners.”
Romford had to play a large chunk of the second half with just 10 men after Jonathan Adebayo was shown a red card.
Boro were unhappy with the decision and Martin admitted losing the versatile ace is far from ideal.
He added: “It is a massive blow to lose Jonathan. He is in the top three for making the most appearances this season.
“With Jamie (Dicks) out, Dan Cossington injured along with Kai Bichard and Chris Barry away on Saturday we are struggling.
“It is a bit of an injury crisis, so it is a chance for some of the squad players to get an opportunity at Tilbury.
“A couple have been unlucky because we brought in Charlie Parish, he played well and then got a three-game ban and has found it hard to get back in.
“But the reason you have a good squad is so you can shuffle the pack around to keep everyone happy and we have done that on the large part this season.”
With Romford’s form in March up there among the best in the division, Boro fans will wait with bated breath to see if their team earns some reward.