Ryman North: Romford manager Paul Martin praises striker Chris Taylor after match-winning double against Witham Town
16:00 16 February 2017
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Boro forward struck both goals in last weekend’s success over the Town
Romford manager Paul Martin feels it may have been written in the stars that striker Chris Taylor would hit both goals in a 2-1 win at home to Witham Town in the Ryman North last weekend.
Taylor struck twice for Boro in the success, with his second coming just seven minutes from time to fire the hosts to success.
With Chinedu McKenzie enduring something of barren spell having not scored in his last five matches, Martin was only too happy to have someone else to call on to score goals.
And he believes there was a certain element of destiny that led to Taylor being Romford’s matchwinner last weekend.
“We need goals from other players at the minute as Chin is creating lots, but he’s not finding the net himself,” said Martin.
“With Chris, there was a bit of fate about it as he’d done well against Hornchurch, but Nick Reynolds is away this weekend so we were going to start him against Witham.
“As it happened, Nick broke down just before the match, which meant Chris started and thankfully he got both goals.”
The success over Witham was an important one for Romford as they recorded a first triumph in three matches after recent defeats against Cheshunt and Hornchurch in the league, both without scoring.
And Martin was pleased his squad hit back in style to open up an 11-point gap over the relegation zone with just 11 games to go this term.
“Witham were not in that good form before the game, but it was still an important win for us as it kept us in touch with the three teams above us,” he added.
“We’re still only a point back from that group, so there are certainly some positive signs for us heading towards the end of the season.”
Saturday’s success also saw debuts for new boys Charlie Parrish and Abdul Abdeen after joining Romford earlier in the month.
Defender Parrish has joined from Essex Senior League side Redbridge, while experienced forward Abdeen, who counts Billericay Town among his former clubs, will bolster the Boro attack.
And Martin hopes both additions can make an impact during their time at Ship Lane and help Romford collect more points.
“We wanted to freshen the squad up a bit and we were struggling for centre-backs after losing James Ishmail to injury,” he said.
“Without a budget, it’s tough for us to attract players, but Charlie is someone we knew through his dad and as a left-footer, he’ll add good balance at centre-back.
“Hopefully both players can give us a bit of a lift because sometimes that’s what you need and want when bringing new players in.”