Romford end week on a high with local bragging rights

PUBLISHED: 12:00 06 February 2015

Romford manager Paul Martin (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Romford manager Paul Martin (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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Boro were defeated on Saturday, but earned valuable point against rivals midweek

Paul Clayton in action against Soham Town Rangers recentlyPaul Clayton in action against Soham Town Rangers recently

Romford manager Paul Martin was pleased to take bragging rights from rivals Thurrock following Wednesday’s 2-2 draw in Ryman North.

Jamie Dicks was sent off in the 38th minute to give Boro an uphill task against a team who are chasing a play-off place.

Romford v Soham Town at Thurrock HotelRomford v Soham Town at Thurrock Hotel

But Paul Clayton put them into the lead after Nick Reynolds has cancelled out Steve Carvell’s opener for Fleet.

And although Lewwis Spence equalised in the second period for Thurrock, Martin was proud of Boro’s performance.

Jack Barry was on target for Romford in their defeat at Needham MarketJack Barry was on target for Romford in their defeat at Needham Market

“My boys were dying on their feet, throwing bodies in front of everything and also trying to nick a winner,” he said.

“We were trying to hold out for the win, but the geezer has scored a good overhead kick.

“But we’ve ended up taking a point at home against a play-off contender, so hopefully that might kickstart our season.”

There were unsavoury scenes after the final whistle at Ship Lane as tempers became heated and both sets of players came together.

Romford captain Jack Barry received a red card and Thurrock’s Robert Clark was also sent off, but Martin did not want to be drawn on the incident.

He added: “It is not nice to see, but at the end of the day I won’t say much more.

“I want to concentrate on keeping this club in the league and doing my job.

“It was a derby, we ground-share with Thurrock and there is bragging rights and I think we have got more bragging rights because we have taken a point against a very good team and we have had 10 men for around 50 minutes.”

Romford had hosted Soham Town Rangers on Saturday, but despite dominating the game came away with no reward.

Eddie Hart cancelled out a Joey Abbs opener for the visitors, but an injury-time strike from Matt Simpson won the points for Soham.

Martin added: “We got beat in the 91st minute again and we had four or five good chances to win the match.

“But we haven’t taken them and we have been punished and that’s the story of our season.”

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