Martin: Training was key to Waltham win

PUBLISHED: 13:00 01 October 2015

Romford manager Paul Martin looks on from the dugout (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Romford manager Paul Martin looks on from the dugout (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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Boro boss looks back on 2-0 win at Ship Lane, competition in the squad and the expectation on his team

Romford's Nick Reynolds (left) celebrates scoring the first goal against Waltham Abbey (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)Romford's Nick Reynolds (left) celebrates scoring the first goal against Waltham Abbey (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Romford manager Paul Martin insisted a positive training session earlier this week contributed towards their Ryman North success over Waltham Abbey at Ship Lane last night (Wednesday).

Nick Reynolds broke the deadlock for Boro seven minutes before half time and Connor Goldstone doubled that advantage six minutes into the second period.

That was how it finished with Martin pleased with the performance of his team and new additions Akwasi Marfo and Goldstone.

But the Romford boss felt a discussion on Monday, days after the disappointing home defeat to Haringey Borough, paid dividends.

Martin said: “We had a really good training session on Monday, two hours under the floodlights and I had them in the changing room for 40 minutes explaining things to them.

“We discussed what isn’t going right and the things I picked up on in the changing room they have put into practise against Waltham Abbey.

“I think we put that result down to the training session on Monday. We got a few issues out the way and worked on a few things that we have been weak on.”

Reynolds strike made him Romford’s all time leading goalscorer in the league, but he still trails the clubs most prolific marksman Danny Benstock by 14 goals.

Martin was pleased to see the forward back scoring and revealed why new signing Chinedu McKenzie from Phoenix Sports was unavailable for the clash.

Even though McKenzie didn’t play, his signing has forced others to improve their performances already.

“We signed McKenzie didn’t we and the paperwork didn’t go through in time for him to play against Waltham Abbey, which was a bit gutting,” added Martin.

“He come all the way from Deptford and I had to tell him the bad news so that didn’t help too much, but the squad is big and strong.

“Everyone has got to compete because they know if they have a bad game they have a chance of losing their shirt.”

Although unhappy with the defeat at home to Haringey last weekend, Martin was pleased to see his side bounce back.

He discussed the expectation put on Romford, who continue to shock teams in the Ryman North despite having no financial budget available for players.

“I think sometimes people are hard on the team, but we just enjoy every win that we can because we are not expecting miracles,” added Martin.

“We have set our stool out over the last seven years in the Ryman League and we do well, but I think the expectation of some people are a bit too high.

“I am not blowing my own trumpet but we try to do a job and we seem to do it quite well and get results, which over teams struggle to do.

“When you play football if you are not performing you will get a bollocking from me, but if you are playing well and getting results you will get praised, but you can’t give anyone confidence and pat them on the back if they are not doing the right things because you would be lying to them.

“It is what it is and after Sunday’s FA Trophy match the fixtures don’t get any easier, Thamesmead away and then Waltham Abbey again and Aveley too. It is a tough league and we just need to keep knuckling away. The squad is healthy and I believe whatever team I put out it won’t be weak, but people just need to take their chances.”

After beating Abbey last night, Romford are 16th in the table and seven points above the bottom three.

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