Boro boss happy with point after fiery Fleet encounter

PUBLISHED: 12:30 05 February 2015 | UPDATED: 12:30 05 February 2015

Romford manager Paul Martin (pic: George Phillipou/TGSPHOTO)

Romford manager Paul Martin (pic: George Phillipou/TGSPHOTO)

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Four goals shared in exciting clash at Ship Lane

Nick Reynolds found the net for Romford against Thurrock (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO).Nick Reynolds found the net for Romford against Thurrock (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO).

Romford manager Paul Martin was happy to take a point off landlords Thurrock following a heated Ryman North derby clash at Ship Lane.

Steve Carvell volleyed Fleet into the lead before Nick Reynolds equalised following an excellent corner from Chris Barry.

Paul Clayton scored his last goal for the club against Thurrock on February 4 (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)Paul Clayton scored his last goal for the club against Thurrock on February 4 (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Jamie Dicks was harshly shown a second yellow card before the break, but Paul Clayton put the hosts in front just before half time to give Boro something to hold onto.

Although they defended courageously throughout the second period Lewwis Spence equalised for Thurrock in the 68th minute, but it finished all square.

Romford captain Jack Barry (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)Romford captain Jack Barry (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

“We have ended up taking a point at home against a play-off contender. Hopefully that might kick start our season,” said Martin.

“We were a bit light with the squad with Dan Jones missing and a couple of other faces missing.

“Eddie Hart’s ankle swelled up after Saturday’s game against Soham Town Rangers and young Sam Kemp, my third substitute, was carrying a hamstring injury.

“We were dying on our feet so to end up nicking a point means it is a happy, smiling face for me.”

Martin was disappointed Dicks was sent off and also frustrated that he will be without his captain Jack Barry for three games.

Players from Thurrock and Romford clashed at the full time whistle with Jack Barry and Fleet’s Robert Clark received red cards after the match.

“They were playing on Jamie a little bit. They know is an old Thurrock player and know his momentum,” added Martin.

“Jamie is a livewire and he doesn’t back down. He will go in for challenges and his heart is in the right place.

“Jack’s will be a three game suspension and with Nathan Cooper’s work commitments at the moment he is available for two games and then not available for two.

“But hopefully he can get the time off for the three games Jack misses, but James Ishmail has just come back from injury and he got the last 15 against Thurrock.”

The point for Romford takes them above Redbridge in the league standings and gives them a six-point advantage over the bottom two.

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