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Martin quick to hail Swifts stalemate

PUBLISHED: 18:23 22 October 2010

Boro boss pleased with point

Romford boss Paul Martin was delighted with his side’s point against high-flying Swifts on Tuesday.

Second-placed Heybridge went closest to breaking the deadlock, as Reece Morgan hit a post.

But Boro might have nicked a late winner as Danny Rafis saw his header fly across the face of goal.

Martin said: “I’ve got to be happy, they’re second in the league.

“It was a fair result. Adam Rafis pulled off some fantastic saves in the first half, which kept us in there, and the hit the post.

“But Abs [Seymour] had a good chance and their keeper made a couple of point-blank saves when we had four or five corners in the last 10 minutes.

“It would’ve been harsh on them if we’d nicked a win at the end, but we deserved a point.”

Seymour dragged an early chance wide, after a good low cross from Chris Barry, returning to the side from Grays.

Danny Rafis tested Ollie Morris-Sanders, but brother Adam had to pull off a one-handed save to deny Ricky Griggs at the other end.

Swifts skipper Danny Barber was also foiled, but Joe Pearman shot wide for Boro.

The hosts had a let-off four minutes before the break when Morgan hit an upright from 20 yards.

And they had Adam Rafis to thank after the restart as Morgan and Chris Bryan were kept out.

Bryan fired another chance over and saw Rafis save a later attempt with his foot, while Barry had an effort blocked before a Danny Rafis volley forced Morris-Sanders into a low save at his near post.

Boro forced a string of corners late on, but Morris-Sanders made a superb one-handed save to keep the scoreline blank.

“It’s another clean sheet and we looked strong in certain areas,” added Martin.

“We’re competing and if we’d beaten Waltham Forest the other week, we’d be third or fourth now.

“Danny Rafis is looking strong in the middle, now he’s got his fitness back, and Chris Barry didn’t look out of place at all coming back into the side.

“He’s got talent and it’s nice to have that bit of experience too. The squad is looking very strong at the moment.”

Romford: A Rafis, J Barry, Kavanagh (Mbala 70), Ishmail (Neville 73), Toms, D Rafis, Clayton, Seymour, C Barry, Senghore, Pearman.


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