Recent recruits delight Martin but Romford errors prove costly
PUBLISHED: 17:00 17 December 2015
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Boro manager reflects on bringing Jamie Dicks and Ryan Boswell back to the club and Saturday's loss
Romford boss Paul Martin was thrilled to bring two players back to the club last week, even if he was left frustrated following the 3-1 defeat to Cheshunt at Ship Lane.
Jason Hallett scored three times in the first half on Saturday against Boro as they suffered an 11th defeat of the Ryman North campaign despite Tom Fletcher’s own goal initially getting them back on level terms.
But the main news and an early Christmas present for the Romford fans was that Jamie Dicks and Ryan Boswell returned to Ship Lane from local rivals Aveley and Brentwood Town respectively.
Martin said: “Jamie and Ryan have come back so that helps us out massively and they are two good players who we obviously had earlier this season.
“He is a good lad ‘Dicko’ and his nickname is Rodney so he isn’t the brightest spark!
“But he is a great character and always gives 100 per cent on the pitch. He is a real joker and a nice person to have around the place to lift people.
“It’s a positive before Christmas to get him back and having Ryan return again is unbelievable. I always keep in touch with players that leave us, we never lose people on bad terms normally.
“Ryan spoke to me and asked if he could come back and obviously I was delighted he wanted to. I said to him see the season out with us and then if you want to move on do it during pre-season so you get a proper chance so we have him and ‘Dicko’ for a while now.”
The signing of Boswell couldn’t be completed before the match against Cheshunt, but Dicks was able to be involved and played 66 minutes at Ship Lane before Nick Reynolds replaced him.
Hallett opened the scoring for the visitors after 14 minutes and completed his hat-trick with two quick-fire strikes.
Martin didn’t feel much was between the two teams, but insisted individual errors resulted in Boro getting no reward from the fixture at Ship Lane.
He added: “Saturday was probably the best football we have played all season, but we are just conceding a lot of goals at the moment.
“You can’t coach players to not make individual errors, it is something you can’t work on, but it is a problem for managers up and down the country
“Somebody said after the match ‘what is the difference between Romford and Cheshunt?’ Well, probably a thousand pound!
“If we had Jason up front for us on Saturday I think we would have got all three points, but it is what it is and we just need to keep going and cut out these errors.”