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Romford boss Martin 'deserves credit'

PUBLISHED: 11:00 22 March 2017

Romford boss Paul Martin (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

Romford boss Paul Martin (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

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Defender Ishmail hails Boro boss

Romford’s James Ishmail paid tribute to manager Paul Martin for the club’s upturn in fortunes in recent weeks.

Defender Ishmail returned from injury to net a last-gasp equaliser in Boro’s 3-3 draw with Ryman North rivals Heybridger Swifts at Ship Lane on Saturday.

And it allowed Martin’s men to extend their unbeaten run to four matches and take their points tally to 52, with six games remaining this season.

Ishmail said: “I think that everyone has done fantastically well lately and Magic deserved a lot of credit for what he’s achieved yet again with the club this season.

“When you look at our run in we knew we had to pick up some important points to give ourselves some breathing space and that’s exactly what we’ve done.”

David Fallah gave Romford a third-minute lead on his debut, but the visitors hit back with three unanswered goals before half time to take control.

And Swifts looked set to fly off with the points as the scoreline remained unchanged, until the second minute of stoppage time when Ryan Mallett claimed his first goal in a Romford shirt to give the hosts late hope.

Ishmail then fired home in the fifth minute of injury time to give the club a big boost ahead of their home meeting with Bury Town this weekend, before April dates with Tilbury, Brightlingsea Regent, Maldon, Thurrock and Aveley to complete the campaign.

He added: “Now we can play with a bit more freedom and hopefully Saturday’s result can carry on our momentum and we can pick up as many points as possible.”

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