Bostik North: Romford manager Paul Martin pleased with efforts and team spirit

PUBLISHED: 13:00 15 March 2018

Action from Romford's clash with Barking (pic Terry Gilbert)

Action from Romford's clash with Barking (pic Terry Gilbert)


Romford boss Paul Martin believes his side done a lot of things right against Bowers & Pitsea despite losing 4-0.

A hat-trick from striker Lewis Manor and another from former Boro man Jamie Dicks guided Pitsea to three points at the Len Salmon Stadium on Tuesday evening.

“They’re a very good side,” Martin said.

“I believe we worked hard and we worked hard in training on how to stop them from corners where they’re very strong and I think we done a good job of limiting them in them areas.

“I think we did a lot of things right, it was just once again a lack of concentration and individual errors that cost us.”

In the final minute of the game defender Andrew Tiranhu was on the end of a hard collision and had to be taken off to hospital after being stuck on the pitch struggling to breathe for more than ten minutes.

“It was quite a heavy collision and he got some knees go into his chest and at the time he got up and then went back down and he couldn’t breathe very well.

“The paramedics were great they managed to keep him calm and get his breathing back down.

“Bowers helped out massively which we’re thankful for them for.

“When we got him into the ambulance he didn’t want to go to the hospital but it’s best to be safe and we wanted him to go.

“He didn’t want to go to Basildon hospital so they took us to Queens Hospital in Romford where the club captain Dan Cossington and I sat and waited until 4.30am to see the outcome.

“He cracked some ribs and maybe has pulled or tore a muscle in the rib cage as well.”

Martin was pleased with his squad and how they rallied around Tiranhu after his injury.

“The boys have all been texting him and that to me shows what a good bunch of boys I have got.

“I know they’re good enough as well we just need to cut out the little errors and increase of concentration.”

Defender Tom Potter returned to the club for the match and Martin admits it’s good to get familar faces back for their relegation battle.

“Tom Potter was with us last season.

“He works for the London Mayor or something so he couldn’t commit himself as much but it’s calmed down a bit now and he can again.

“We’re in a relegation battle and we need to bring players in who know the club like Tom.

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