Ryman North: Romford boss Paul Martin thrilled to see Chinedu McKenzie pop up with late winner against Waltham Abbey
PUBLISHED: 15:00 17 November 2016
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Callum Chafer continued his impressive form for Boro with excellent display at Ship Lane to keep clean sheet in victory
Romford manager Paul Martin was delighted his side eventually achieved a positive result at home to Waltham Abbey in Ryman North on Wednesday night.
Chinedu McKenzie’s 14th goal of the campaign earned Boro a crucial 1-0 win and extended their unbeaten run at Ship Lane to 16 games, going back to last season.
Traffic trouble on the M25 delayed kick-off, yet any Romford fans late to the match would have still seen the winner, which occurred eight minutes from time.
“It was a must-win because we wanted to close the five to six-point gap between ourselves and the teams above us,” said Martin.
“We needed to keep the unbeaten home record going, although it wasn’t a very good match for the supporters to watch.
“There was a lot of end-to-end action, but you had some really bad misses combined with great goalkeeping.”
After losing 4-0 in the FA Trophy at Sudbury on Saturday, Romford hit back to keep their first clean sheet since October 19.
Callum Chafer certainly earned his shut-out with several saves, including a fine double stop minutes before the only goal.
Martin added: “We have always been gifted when it comes to the goalkeeper department, I guess they know they will be busy with us!
“It isn’t just down to Callum, the defence was putting blocks in and putting their bodies on the line on Wednesday.
“It could have been 4-4, 0-0 or somebody was going to nick it 1-0 and luckily it was us.”
Saturday’s trip to Sudbury was not such a good occasion for Boro, although they put up a brave fight for long periods.
The hosts scored twice in the final five minutes to add gloss to the scoreline, but Martin was left proud of his players.
“Sudbury’s chairman came up to me after the match and told me I do a fantastic job,” he said.
“He explained how he knows the circumstances we work under and couldn’t believe how well organised we were. It is nice to see some people notice the job we do, he didn’t have to say it so I appreciated that.”