Bostik North: Romford boss Paul Martin devastated after defeat at Witham Town

PUBLISHED: 14:00 19 April 2018

Paul Martin manager of Romford (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

Paul Martin manager of Romford (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

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Boro returned to the foot of the table with the loss at Town

Romford manager Paul Martin admits too many of his squad played below-par in the 1-0 defeat at Witham Town in the Bostik North.

Boro saw their six-game unbeaten run in the league come to an end with a defeat at Town, who won thanks to an 80th-minute goal from Shamido Pedulu.

The loss followed a goalless draw at home to promotion-hopefuls Potters Bar Town on Saturday.

And Martin was disappointed to suffer a crushing blow in their battle to avoid relegation so soon after enjoying a decent result at the weekend.

“It’s amazing how quickly things can change,” said Martin.

“It was a bad performance, especially given how we had played recently and how we had tried to get momentum going.

“It’s always going to be tough, though, when six, seven, eight players are not on their game.”

The defeat at Witham, coupled with a win for Norwich United at Canvey Island, saw Romford return to the foot of the table.

Boro are now two points adrift of the Planters, with both teams having three games to go before the end of the season.

It was a surprise result for Norwich in midweek as they collected a first win since February 17 to move above Romford in the table.

And Boro boss Martin admits it hurt to see their main relegation rival take points while failing to do so themselves on Tuesday.

“The Norwich result was perhaps more disappointing than our own as we were one point above them and now we’re two points back,” he added.

“We’d worked so hard to get ourselves back in the fight to stay up and above them in the table.

“No one would have expected them to beat Canvey in midweek, like no one would have expected us to get a point against Potters Bar on Saturday, and that just shows how strong the league is.”

The midweek defeat for Romford was certainly a tough one to take in their fight to survive.

But Martin will hope Boro can dust themselves down quickly with time still to go in the season.

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