Mixed feelings for Romford boss

Martin: It’s why we’re mid-table

Romford manager Paul Martin had mixed feelings after his side’s Bank Holiday weekend assignments.

Boro fought back from two goals down to draw with Ryman Division One play-off hopefuls Grays on Monday, but that came after a below-par display in a 3-1 defeat at Cheshunt.

Martin said: “We might as well have not turned up at Cheshunt and just given them the points.

“We were a bit stale. The only positive was the performance of Michael Gooch, who played very well.

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“I think 3-1 flattered them a bit given his performance. He made some good saves.”

Elliott Anderson was restored to the starting line-up against Grays, but then beaten twice in quick succession early in the second half.

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Late goals from Jack Barry and Kurt Smith earned Boro a point and Martin added: “We switched off and seem to leak a lot of goals early in the second half.

“But we didn’t give up, our heads didn’t drop and it was the Jack and Kurt show again!

“They’ve really pulled us through the last month, but we need others scoring goals. We can’t keep relying on them.”

Romford are now three points short of Martin’s target for the season and visit Needham Market on Saturday, before a home game with Sudbury and trip to Great Wakering.

Martin said: “I would’ve rather had three points on Saturdy and lost to Grays. It’s two points dropped over the weekend as far as I’m concerned as we could’ve crept into the top 10.

“But we seem to struggle against bottom teams and give top teams a good game.

“We’ve dropped points against teams in the bottom half, which is why we’re mid-tabe I suppose.

“There’s no pressure on us in the last three games, though, and I fancy us to get a result on Saturday.”

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