Ryman North: Romford boss Paul Martin has had better weeks!

18:00 01 December 2016

Romford manager Paul Martin issues instructions during his 450th match in charge of the club (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo).

Romford manager Paul Martin issues instructions during his 450th match in charge of the club (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo).

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Boro lost 7-1 at Haringey Borough last Saturday and then had Tuesday’s derby with Brentwood postponed due to a frozen pitch

Romford manager Paul Martin was left with mixed emotions this week in the Ryman North after Tuesday’s fixture at Brentwood Town was postponed.

Boro headed into the contest off the back of a unforgettable 7-1 defeat at Coles Park to Haringey Borough.

Tuesday’s match was an opportunity for Romford to respond, yet a frozen pitch at the Arena ensured they didn’t play.

“I think both teams probably didn’t mind the match being off with them not in great form and us getting a hiding on Saturday,” said Martin.

“Although I’m sure ourselves and Brentwood looked at it and thought we could get a result, it happens. With the weekend result and then Tuesday being off it has been a bad week all round for us.”

Martin’s team were on the wrong end of a bizarre decision at Coles Park when they were awarded a second half penalty.

Chinedu McKenzie appeared to fire the ball into the net, but it hit the back of the stanchion in the goal and rebounded out.

The forward picked the ball up to run back to the halfway line, yet the referee was led to believe it hit the crossbar and awarded a foul against Romford for handball.

“Bad decisions are part and parcel of football. I would have made more of a fuss if we had been losing 2-1 and it would have got us back in it,” said Martin.

“I felt sorry for ‘Chin’ really because it was another to his tally, but I don’t think anybody else could be too disappointed.”

The Romford players apologised to the travelling support at north London after conceding four times in the opening 27 minutes.

McKenzie pulled one back for Boro seven minutes after half time, yet Borough still managed to add to their tally.

“You can only be better in your next game and we need to try and make sure we have a response,” said Martin.

“The players apologised to the supporters who travelled, but all credit to Haringey on the day. I think they would have beaten anybody the way they played and it was definitely the best they’ve performed all season, I’m sure.”

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