Martin: We are talk of the Borough now!

PUBLISHED: 15:00 30 October 2015

Romford players celebrate after George Woodward (3) scores what turned out to be the only goal of the game against Hornchurch at Bridge Avenue (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo).

Romford players celebrate after George Woodward (3) scores what turned out to be the only goal of the game against Hornchurch at Bridge Avenue (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo).

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Boro manager delighted with derby victory and reveals a change in tactics

Romford boss Paul Martin was delighted to see his young team bounce back from two heavy defeats to earn more bragging rights over rivals Hornchurch.

Boro achieved a Ryman North double over Urchins on Tuesday night after George Woodward scored the only goal of the game at Bridge Avenue.

Keeping a clean sheet against two of the most dangerous forwards in the division was an excellent feat for Romford, but it was even more impressive considering their previous results.

After losing 5-0 to Aveley at Ship Lane on October 21, they were beaten 5-1 by Bury Town on Saturday at Ram Meadow.

But they bounced back in style against their local rivals, much to the delight of the loyal Romford supporters and Martin.

He said: “It is only one match, but it was a long time coming with back-to-back defeats recently, losing 5-0 and 5-1.

“Youngsters sometimes don’t understand derby matches. I had to give them a little story-line at training on Monday about it.

“That was to explain what this game means and I can’t knock any of my players.

“Work-rate, that is what it is all about. I have said it numerous times in the paper, if we work hard and graft, anything can happen and Tuesday night showed it.”

Romford’s winner came on the stroke of half time and was a mistake by Hornchurch goalkeeper Sam Mott.

He was slightly caught out of position by Woodward and although he moved across to claim the ball, it slipped through his hands and into the net.

Martin revealed his players worked on that during training the day before the clash.

He also joked former Boro defender Nathan Cooper, now of Urchins, would have been shocked.

“It was a slippery surface and we worked on that during training on Monday night,” added Martin.

“You have just got to put things on target. You see so many goals scored in the Premier League where the ball gets put on target, everyone runs in and misses it and the ball drops in.

“I reckon Nathan probably would have turned around and told his Hornchurch manager that ‘Paul doesn’t let anybody shoot from free kicks’, but we let George have a little go. He managed to put it on target and it has paid off.

“But I wouldn’t say a fluke goal has won us the game. At the end of the day it is our work-rate. We have had some good breaks too and a couple of decent chances.”

The victory was all the more sweet after a disappointing four-goal loss to Bury on Saturday.

Chinedu McKenzie kept up his good form by scoring in the 59th minute. Unfortunately Boro were three down by that point and conceded a further two.

But that result didn’t stop Romford’s supporters going to Bridge Avenue on Tuesday with 226 watching the local derby.

Even though Hornchurch had lots of possession, Martin’s men held firm and got the win.

He added: “This is the fans derby, there is a rivalry between Romford and Hornchurch. I said to the boys before the game I want the back page of the Romford Recorder again because it has all been about their recent FA Cup run!

“I don’t think there will be many teams that don’t concede a goal against Hornchurch this season and certainly not a lot that will beat them twice this year because they are a very strong team.”

Romford’s derby triumph sees them remain 15th in the table with 20 points ahead of switching their attention to the FA Trophy again this weekend.

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