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Derby win is for the fans, says Martin

PUBLISHED: 13:30 28 October 2015

Romford manager Paul Martin (left) looks on alongside assistant Mark Lord (centre) and Alex Goldstone (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo).

Romford manager Paul Martin (left) looks on alongside assistant Mark Lord (centre) and Alex Goldstone (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo).

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Boro boss delighted with players after defeating local rivals and completing league double over them

Romford players celebrate after George Woodward (3) scores what turned out to be the only goal of the game against Hornchurch at Bridge Avenue (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo).Romford players celebrate after George Woodward (3) scores what turned out to be the only goal of the game against Hornchurch at Bridge Avenue (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo).

Romford manager Paul Martin stated their 1-0 victory over Hornchurch in the Ryman North last night (Tuesday) was for their loyal supporters.

George Woodward caught out Urchins custodian Sam Mott just before half time with a long range free kick that slipped through the hands of the goalkeeper and into the net.

Although the home side at Bridge Avenue enjoyed lots of possession, they couldn’t break down a disciplined Boro defence.

Martin’s men nearly caught the hosts on the counter attack a couple of times too with Chinedu McKenzie and Awkasi Marfo always looking dangerous.

Even though Romford couldn’t add a second, they were able to celebrate a double over their rivals at full time after beating them 2-0 at Ship Lane back in August.

Romford's Ryan Boswell challenges Hornchurch midfielder Dave Collis (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo).Romford's Ryan Boswell challenges Hornchurch midfielder Dave Collis (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo).

“I am just over the moon for the supporters because I said to the players if you get the result at Hornchurch, I don’t think the fans will care if we lose every game for the rest of the season,” said Martin.

“So it is all about the supporters this result and hopefully they can have a smile on their face for the next couple of days.

“We had a game plan. We didn’t play anybody direct down the middle, I played a right-back, Ryan Boswell, in central midfield and I worked on a few things on Monday night.

“Teams shouldn’t really film much of their games and put them on their web pages because I sat down and watched an hour of it before we did training on Monday. I learned a lot of things from that and it has obviously paid off and got us a result.”

Michael Gooch of Romford punches clear after Hornchurch put some pressure on the away goal at Bridge Avenue (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo).Michael Gooch of Romford punches clear after Hornchurch put some pressure on the away goal at Bridge Avenue (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo).

It is safe to say Hornchurch will be glad to see the back of Romford after playing them twice and failing to score on both occasions.

Despite Urchins having George Purcell and David Knight in their starting line-up, they couldn’t muster a shot on target and Michael Gooch in the Boro goal didn’t have to deal with much.

Martin added: “Everyone has bogey teams and with a bit of luck we have been Hornchurch’s this season.

“We have kept their two forwards quiet and ‘Goochy’ has not had a save to make in the game. Alright they put some balls into the box but we defended superb and everyone was disciplined and did their job.”

The victory takes Romford up to 20 points for the season, nine above the relegation places in the division and 15th in the standings.

Martin bemoaned the fact that they could have been further up the table had they not lost some potentially winnable matches.

But he was left to reflect on the craziness of football, adding: “Now there is a couple of extra teams in the league I am probably looking at getting to 25 or 30 points before Christmas.

“There is about nine games left to achieve that, but we have thrown away some bad games this year.

“We lost 1-0 to Haringey Borough and no disrespect to them, but they are down the bottom and then we go and upset Hornchurch twice so football is funny.

“You couldn’t put a bet on our results or any in the Ryman North because the results are all over the place.

“I think last week Soham Town Rangers beat Aveley 3-1 and then Aveley won 5-0 against us. We had beaten Redbridge 3-0 before that and they went and beat Soham 3-1 on Saturday so it is unbelievable at the moment.”

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