Romford boss rues missed opportunities in Dereham defeat

PUBLISHED: 11:19 04 November 2013 | UPDATED: 11:19 04 November 2013

Romford manager Paul Martin on the touchline in Saturday's 2-1 home loss to Dereham Town. Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO

Romford manager Paul Martin on the touchline in Saturday's 2-1 home loss to Dereham Town. Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO

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Romford manager Paul Martin bemoaned his side's inability to take their chances following their 2-1 Ryman One North defeat at the weekend to Dereham Town.

Abs Seymour had got Boro back on level terms during the second half at Ship Lane but it was first half opportunities that frustrated the Romford boss and he also pondered whether his team went into the match over confident.

“You can have complaints because we had five or six chances in the first half and we put them over the stands,” said Martin.

“We’ve been winning games 1-0 but we are not scoring two or three goals and if you don’t do that, sometimes you get punished.

“Tom Richardson has had two great chances first half to kill the game off and the game would have been finished.

“No disrespect to them but I don’t think they are on par with us and it should have been a three pointer for us.

“We’ve gone out there with the wrong attitude, too much confidence probably after the Maldon game and a good performance against Dagenham and they’ve just not taken their chances.”

The goal that defeated Romford was a 30-yard stunner from Dereham’s Aaron Kay, an effort that would receive high praise had it been by a Premier League player.

Although it was an outstanding goal, Martin felt his team could have prevented Kay getting his shot off in the first place.

The Romford manager said: “The boys didn’t deal with the throw properly, midfielders got sucked across and left the geezer (Kay) there.

“He probably won’t do that again all season but at the end of the day, he has won them the game so I can’t argue.”

A major plus for Boro though was the return of two former players Nick Reynolds and Matt Toms.

Reynolds rejoins the club following his short spell with Maldon & Tiptree and Matt Toms, who played against Romford in September, has joined from Barkingside.

They couldn’t inspire their side to three points but both impressed during the game and Martin talked about adding more to his squad after Paul Clayton has been ruled out with a knee injury.

“Unfortunately Clayton has a knee injury so he wasn’t here and Ishmail was suspended,” he added. “We’ve a couple more new boys coming for training on Monday. It is good to have Reynolds and Toms back but it hasn’t won me the game has it.”

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