Boro boss praises players after Thamesmead win

PUBLISHED: 12:00 08 January 2015

Romford manager Paul Martin (pic: Garry Bowden/TGSPHOTO)

Romford manager Paul Martin (pic: Garry Bowden/TGSPHOTO)

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Ship Lane outfit picked up their eighth league victory of the campaign

Eddie Hart netted Romford's winner at Thamesmead (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)Eddie Hart netted Romford's winner at Thamesmead (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Romford ended their long wait for a win in the Ryman North with a 1-0 victory against Thamesmead Town on Tuesday, and manager Paul Martin was pleased they finally halted the run.

Eddie Hart scored the only goal of the game at Bayliss Avenue early in the second period to give Boro a first league success since defeating Burnham Ramblers on November 22.

The Ship Lane boss was pleased with the three points and with the performance of his side.

“The win was always going to come sooner rather than latter and it is another match where we have created a lot of chances,” said Martin.

“It has been hard with players missing and some of them going on holiday because you can’t put out a team or a formation you want, but I was able to do that and it has paid off.

“We have opened Thamesmead up quite easy and just missed chances again, but we kept a clean sheet and it only takes one goal to win the game and that is what we done.”

Romford survived a scare shortly after Hart had volleyed them into a 51st minute lead when Adem Ramadan hit a penalty against the crossbar.

Martin felt his team deserved that slice of luck as it should never have been a spot-kick in the first place.

He also praised keeper Aaron Omand for pulling out a superb save just before half time from The Mead’s Jack Hopkins.

“It is not often you see a linesman give a penalty. It was a deep free-kick and a lot of hustle and bustle was going on and he has seen something,” added Martin.

“I put the thumbs up to the linesmen after it hit the bar and Aaron has done well with penalties this season.

“About 10 seconds before half time they have broke the offside trap as well and Aaron has had to pull off a worldie for us.

“We could have come in 1-0 down because of a lack of concentration for 30 seconds so that is something to improve on.”

Romford’s victory moves them up to 18th in the table ahead of Brightlingsea Regent’s visit this weekend.

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