Ishmail wants Romford to extend run

PUBLISHED: 15:01 18 November 2017

Romford's James Ishmail challenges Haringey's Jorge Dtassi-Sambu (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Romford's James Ishmail challenges Haringey's Jorge Dtassi-Sambu (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Romford defender James Ishmail wants his team to maintain their good recent run of form this weekend.

Paul Martin’s men drew 2-2 at Bostik North leaders Dereham Town last weekend, having held high-flying Haringey Borough to a 1-1 draw in their manager’s 500th match in charge.

And they ran out 2-0 winners at Canvey Island in the Essex Senior Cup in midweek, ahead of Saturday’s clash with Aveley at Ship Lane.

Ishmail said: “Looking ahead to Aveley we’re in good cup form but now have to start replicating that in the league. There is still a lot of games to be played and coming into the winter months, it’s a completely different game.

“The atmosphere among the squad is good at the moment and everyone is pulling in the same direction so things are looking up!

“Travelling to Dereham after another positive result against Haringey we were confident we could go there and prove a few people wrong who had written us off before a ball had been kicked.

“We went behind in the second half after being in the lead and got our reward with the equaliser.”

Jonathan Nzengo and Hugo Atkinson were on target to earn Boro their point in Norfolk and Chris Taylor’s brace earned them success at Park Lane on Tuesday.

Leyton Orient loanee Arthur Janata kept a clean sheet and Ishmail felt they were good value for victory, adding “We’ve been giving a good account of ourselves of late and are beginning to put some strong performances together, and that continued into the Canvey game.

“They dominated possession in the first half as they tend to do and we had to defend for long parts but I think we stood up to the challenge well.

“We’ve been guilty in some games of not showing the same intensity in the second half as we have in the first but that was different against Canvey.

“We started to express ourselves in an attacking sense and took our chances when they presented themselves. Chrissy Taylor’s second was an absolute peach!”

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