Goldstone praises Romford display
PUBLISHED: 15:05 19 March 2015
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Assistant manager discusses 2-2 draw with Wroxham and Jamie Byrne’s injury
Romford assistant manager Alex Goldstone praised the team performance that helped them pick up a point against Wroxham last night.
Loui Hazelwood fired the hosts into the lead with 18 minutes played at Ship Lane after Callum Ibe was fouled inside the box.
But Remy Gordan equalised for Yachtsman in the 70th minute before Nathan Stone netted in the first minute of stoppage time.
Eight minutes had been added on, and there was enough time for Joe Scott to volley home and give Boro a fully deserved share of the spoils.
Goldstone said: “When they score that late you definitely think the worst, but the boys fought back.
“We changed it up again and put Nick Reynolds back up top to try and get the goal and it worked.
“Loui had another good game and Callum in the first half too. He worked really hard on their winger.
“There was a lot of good individual performances, but the whole team dug in and got the result so we are happy with that.”
Play was halted for six minutes at the start of the second half when Romford defender Jamie Byrne suffered a nasty head injury with Wroxham’s Andrew Howell following a Boro corner.
Byrne was unable to continue and was replaced by Jermaine Findlator in the 56th minute causing Paul Martin to change his team around.
“We had a few missing anyway and Jamie going off injured really messed us up as well,” added Goldstone.
“Paul has had to move the team about and put Nick centre-back and Abs Seymour left-back and Chris Barry was playing left-back before so it is a bit of a mishmash at the minute.”
The departure of Byrne did have an adverse effect on Romford and Goldstone admitted the 21-year-old has impressed since joining recently.
He is confident once his fitness levels are up, he will have an important part to play for the club in the future.
“Jamie has done well he is just unfit at the minute so he is cramping up a bit,” Goldstone explained.
“But he has got the potential to be a really good player for us so as long as we get him fit and ready for next season he will be a real asset to us.”