Boro boss praises Burton

PUBLISHED: 13:00 15 October 2015

Romford manager Paul Martin looks on from the dugout (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Romford manager Paul Martin looks on from the dugout (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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Young defender faces spell on the sidelines after suffering bad injury against Waltham Abbey

Romford manager Paul Martin praised young defender Sam Burton after he broke his collarbone in Tuesday’s draw at Waltham Abbey in the Ryman North.

The centre-back was forced off at Capershotts towards the end of the match and the Boro boss has hailed his bravery.

He is now set to be out for 12 to 15 weeks and it is a huge blow for the Ship Lane outfit, Martin said: “The last 10 minutes we were down to 10 on Tuesday.

“Just after the Abbey goal Sam went off because that was with about six remaining and we have five of stoppage time.

“He has broken his collarbone, which he has done before, but it isn’t looking good.

“Sam has been absolutely immense for me and is an old school Tony Adams. He come off, didn’t whinge or sulk. As soon as he went down he knew he had done it, but didn’t make a fuss.”

Although Romford had to play the final exchanges with just 10, they held on to pick up a point after Chinedu McKenzie 19th minute opener.

Martin admitted it was a fair result, but conceded the hosts were excellent after the break and predicted they’ll move out of the relegation places soon.

He added: “We did well first half, took the lead, but second half they were fantastic and we couldn’t deal with them.

“If they play like that they won’t be where they currently are for long. Michael Gooch has only had to make one save, though, so we defended well even though they had lots of possession.

“We were looking a bit deadbeat in the second half, but a draw was a fair score because we did well in the first half and they did well in the second.”

The result places Romford 17th in the table with 14 points from their opening 14 matches so far this season.

McKenzie’s addition has been a welcome boost for Boro with the attacker scoring three times since switching from Phoenix Sports.

“I think it was great that we could get him in the first place because he has played for some great clubs like Harlow, Redbridge and Phoenix Sports,” said Martin.

“I never expected to get him, but he is a genuine nice fella and just wants to play football.

“He is paying his dues with three in three and isn’t match fit yet. He does well in the first half and fades after, but that will come and has really given us a lift.”

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