Romford boss Martin pleased with Essex Senior Cup progress

PUBLISHED: 11:00 16 November 2017 | UPDATED: 11:12 16 November 2017

Romford manager Paul Martin (Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Romford manager Paul Martin (Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Romford manager Paul Martin pleased to progress into the quarter-final of the BBC Essex Senior Cup for the first-time in 18 years for the club.

The Boro boss made wholesale changes after his side’s 2-2 draw at Bostik North leaders Dereham Town and cruised to a 2-0 victory against league leaders Canvey Island thanks to a brace from Chris Taylor.

“It’s always nice to have a good cup run, as a manager at the club I’m at now, we know we’re not going to win these cups so it’s a chance to tinker with the team and give the substitutes a run out who have been on the bench the last couple of weeks because the team has been doing well.

“It’s a chance for them to give me a headache and some of the boys that came in have given me a headache selection for Saturday.”

Chris Taylor netted twice after struggling to get into the team in recent weeks and Martin praised the striker for work rate on and off the pitch at the club.

“His work ethic was hard enough out there and he took his two goals very well, especially the second one, which has killed the game off for us.

“Chrissy is Chrissy, he’s a great lad, he’s good to have around as he helps me do the coaching.

“He and Dan Cossington are really willing to help because Alex (Goldstone) obviously having his baby hasn’t been able to be around too much.

“It’s nice to have players like that who help you out.”

Leyton Orient youngster Arthur Janata started in goal for Romford in their win and the manager revealed how his surprise arrival at the club came about.

“I talk quite a lot to Danny Webb at Leyton Orient anyway.

“I’m all for bringing youngsters into this level of football and trying to move them and find them better clubs.

“We went and watched him against Hornchurch a couple of weeks back in the FA Youth Cup with Goochy’s (Michael Gooch) work commitment not being great we were just looking to see if we had another keeper to stabilise us.

“Young Stephen (Reynolds) has been in fantastic form, but we still need two keepers to rotate them and sometimes you need to get a keeper to take a bit off pressure of the keeper and the position we’re in at the minute.

“It’s not good for a youngster to have so much pressure and we’re trying to make sure everyone is in the right frame of mind and ready to go.

“We had a chat with Stephen and he was happy for us to bring him in so we brought him in and he done very well.

“He’s only 17, he’s kicking was good and his hands were good, so hopefully we can keep him for a little bit longer then him and Steven can work hard together and gel together.”

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