Romford boss happy to pick up point after late comeback
PUBLISHED: 17:30 24 November 2015
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Boro manager looks back on 3-3 draw with Witham, the changes he made and signing of Richard Wray
Romford boss Paul Martin was pleased to see his side fight back from three goals down to draw at Witham Town in the Ryman North on Saturday and felt they would have won the game had it gone on 10 minutes longer.
Boro were trailing by three goals at half time after Michael Osei, Nathan Koranteng and Lee Townrow netted for the home team at the Village Glass Stadium.
George Tubey started the comeback with 21 minutes remaining, though, before Lee Weemes scored in the 80th minute to give the visitors a chance.
And Jake Giddings popped up to score deep into stoppage time to earn Romford a share of the spoils.
Martin said: “I think results away from home haven’t been good for us in recent seasons so every point you pick up on the road is a bonus. Coming back from three goals down you are always pleased.
“Wind was strong again so game plan was to be solid in first half and come in 0-0 or maybe 1-0 down, but a lack of discipline all over the park cost us and we conceded the two goals before half time.
“At 3-0 down you think the match is over at any level from the Premier League all the way down to non-league. It should be really.
“I think Witham have gone out and not wanted to change things, just stay tight, but we got a goal and then it went from there. If we had played another 10 more minutes we would have probably won the match.”
Romford were without Nick Reynolds and Michael Gooch while a number of other players were rested for the fixture against Witham.
It gave experienced goalkeeper Richard Wray an opportunity to make his Boro debut and Martin discussed why he made nine changes to the team that drew with Thurrock last week.
He also talked about the impact Chinedu McKenzie and Marfo Akwasi had when they came on midway through the second period.
“Nick was on his yearly jolly boys outing to Dublin and ‘Goochy’ was in Manchester so we knew they wouldn’t be available and I left Dan Cossington and Chris Barry at home because they were carrying knocks,” revealed Martin.
“To keep players of the quality we have happy you need to be giving them games so I have to use everybody I have in the squad.
“It was always the plan to bring McKenzie and Akwasi on, so I knew I had those boys on the bench. The game plan back fired in the first half, but we got back to get a point so I was happy in the end.”
Although Gooch has impressed in goal this season, Martin believes Wray’s experience can help the youngster get even better.
Forward Reynolds has been forced to wear the goalkeeper gloves twice this year, but might not have to for a while now.
“Richard was obviously a phenomenal goalkeeper back in the day. He had a knee operation and didn’t play at all last season, but we needed to bring another goalkeeper into the club and have struggled with that,” said Martin.
“It takes a little bit of pressure off ‘Goochy’ because he is a fantastic goalkeeper, but is still a young man.
“If we get beat 5-0 it is difficult for him and me because I don’t want him to lose confidence because of that kind of result so ‘Goochy’ is happy Richard is here.
“Richard is obviously pleased to be at the club. His knee can still swell up so it is nice balance to have and ‘Goochy’ has somebody to talk to now as well as learn from.”
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