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Martin hails Goldstone after Barkingside victory

PUBLISHED: 12:00 06 January 2016

Romford manager Paul Martin (left) with Alex Goldstone (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo).

Romford manager Paul Martin (left) with Alex Goldstone (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo).

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Boro manager pleased for everyone at the club and admits you have to take the good times with the bad

Romford's Mark Lord and Alex Goldstone look on during their win over Barkingside (pic: George Phillipou/TGSPHOTO)Romford's Mark Lord and Alex Goldstone look on during their win over Barkingside (pic: George Phillipou/TGSPHOTO)

Romford manager Paul Martin has praised his backroom staff and his players after their win over local rivals Barkingside last weekend.

The Boro boss has missed the past two Ryman North matches and left Alex Goldstone and Mark Lord to take charge of the team.

Although they oversaw a 3-1 defeat to Ship Lane landlords Thurrock, who are flying this season, they did manage to beat Side.

It was a crucial game for both clubs with Romford keen to move up the table and Barkingside battling to get out of the bottom three.

Late goals from Joe Scott and Chinedu McKenzie ensured Boro were celebrating a 2-1 success come full time.

Ross Wall of Thurrock tangles with Luke Stanley and Ryan Boswell of Romford (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)Ross Wall of Thurrock tangles with Luke Stanley and Ryan Boswell of Romford (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Martin said: “Obviously when you are not there you are itching away, but I didn’t even give any input.

“I left it all down to Alex to pick the squad. Apparently we did well against Thurrock, but they were just too strong.

“I think both teams were nervous on Saturday because it was a six-pointer and it wasn’t a good game to watch, but we got the points and that is the most important thing.

“We had played well in the three games before and not got the results, but didn’t play well on Saturday and did so that is the way it is sometimes.”

Joe Scott scores the equalising goal for Romford against Barkingside and celebrates (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo).Joe Scott scores the equalising goal for Romford against Barkingside and celebrates (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo).

Martin was full of praise for Goldstone, who would have been the person to make arrangements for the Barkingside match and pick the squad.

The victory ended a run of eight-matches without a win and halted four consecutive defeats for the club.

It should be noted, however, that Boro have played Thurrock twice, promotion chasing Cray Wanderers once as well as Conference South outfit Concord Rangers during their past eight games in all competitions.

Martin added: “We failed to win for 11 matches one year and then another we won eight on the bounce. We were on the radio and the back page of the paper then so you have to take the good times with the bad.

“Obviously Lordy is not one to do the phone calls so Alex takes credit for the victory over Barkingside. There is a reason they are my staff.

Romford's Mark Lord is all smiles after beating Barkingside (pic: George Phillipou/TGSPHOTO)Romford's Mark Lord is all smiles after beating Barkingside (pic: George Phillipou/TGSPHOTO)

“Lordy isn’t one for training, I am not sure if he has been at one session all season, but he is great on a match day with the boys.

“Alex has been stuck to me since the start of the season, we bounce off each other and it would have been him who makes the calls to people, picks the team with Lordy’s help so Alex has to take a lot of credit for the result.”

Martin is back now and took training on Monday night and revealed he was hoping to arrange a friendly with Billericay Town for this evening.

He explained having a little bit of time away from the game has given him a chance to think about what Romford need to do to improve results.

“We had 28 to 30 people turn up for training so another good turn-out with a few trialist there,” added Martin. “We are looking to get a friendly on with Billericay to give these people an opportunity.

“Having some time away has given me a chance to think about things and things need to change, fans want results and I need to look at that and change things to get some more results.”

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