Romford improving after Martin makes new signings

PUBLISHED: 13:00 02 October 2015

Romford manager Paul Martin looks on from the dugout (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Romford manager Paul Martin looks on from the dugout (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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Boro boss brings in new faces and it helped result in a first home win since August 12

Theo Jones of Waltham Abbey challenges Romford's Akwasi Marfo at Ship Lane (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)Theo Jones of Waltham Abbey challenges Romford's Akwasi Marfo at Ship Lane (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Romford manager Paul Martin was left with mixed emotions this week after two matches at Ship Lane resulted in his side picking up three league points.

Boro entertained Haringey Borough on Saturday, with the north Londoners bottom of the Ryman North table at the time, and fell to a 1-0 defeat.

But Martin’s men bounced back on Wednesday by beating Waltham Abbey. Nick Reynolds scored in the first half and Connor Goldstone, after signing from Harold Wood Athletic, netted soon after the break to earn a 2-0 success.

But the Romford boss wasn’t getting too carried away and instead looked at how his side could have been just seven points off the top five, rather than nine points away in 16th.

Martin said: “We are finding victories hard to come by, we’re not winning many, but when we do we look comfortable.

“When we go a goal up we look like we’re in the game, but when we concede first we find it really hard to respond.

“I am not going to get excited about beating Waltham Abbey. It was a result that should have happened if you look at the form guide and because they are below us in the table.

“We should be winning those games and we did during the week, but we didn’t on Saturday. If we’d taken the three points against Haringey we would have been in a much more comfortable position.”

Goldstone made his Romford return in that match and Akwasi Marfo made his full debut as well after signing from league rivals Heybridge Swifts. Tom Potter was on the bench against Abbey too after moving to Boro from the under-21s of rivals Hornchurch.

Another new addition to the Romford squad is Chinedu McKenzie, who has joined from Phoenix Sports after previously impressing for Redbridge.

Martin was delighted with the impact of the new arrivals, adding: “Akwasi had a really good game against Waltham Abbey. He brought a bit more attacking intent to the team.

“It was a great start for Connor as well. I think the kid has played for us from the under-13s all the way up to the first team now over the years.

“We needed to turn the corner, we have taken a gamble by putting a few different faces in and it’s paid off.”

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