Paul Martin pleased with Romford's recognition from the Ryman League
PUBLISHED: 17:30 12 May 2016
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Boro boss discusses new stadium, hopes for the future and trying to get everyone backing the club
Romford manager Paul Martin was pleased to see his team earn some thoroughly deserved recognition from the Ryman League recently.
Their 1-0 win at Cray Wanderers in the Ryman North on April 9 has given Boro the ‘performance kings award’ for April in the division.
Martin admits all the credit has to go to his players with James Ishmail’s first half goal earning Romford the points on the day.
He said: “I don’t know what we get for winning that award! It is the first thing we’ve got from the Ryman since I’ve been here, which is a little bit embarrassing.
“We’ve come close on a few occasions and been beaten at the end, but all credit to the boys for this one. They were outstanding that day and we would have beaten anybody, we’d have won the play-off final playing like that.
“Credit to the boys, we got our tactics right, but it is another thing them following it out on the pitch and they did it perfectly.”
Romford’s manager is still unsure yet whether he will be carrying on at the club for the 2016/17 season.
He is determined to get everybody associated with Boro pulling in the right direction and looking to get local companies involved to support the Ship Lane outfit.
“Some people say last season was a good one for the club, but as a manager it isn’t and we’ve battled relegation for the past two years,” added Martin.
“We are trying to pull together and do things for the community and get Romford as a Borough back together. We are a big town and somebody needs to get together to pull everyone in the same direction.”
Martin’s future hinges on whether there hasn’t been any progress with Boro’s plans to build a new stadium at Westlands Playing Fields.
It has been a slow process so far, but the Romford boss does believe they could enjoy success on the pitch next season in the Ryman North if certain things fall into place.
“When there is no news there is no movement, it can get frustrating and you want to put the word out, but you need money,” said Martin.
“I wanted to do a radio interview to get some news out about the club, but people want money and if I can’t pay my players, how can we do radio interview.
“I’ve got the bit between my teeth now and I always want to give it a go, but we need to be realistic. I’ve got a few meetings with people coming up and if they go well I really think I can see us challenging those top sides in the league.”