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Romford manager Martin delighted with surprise victory against Maldon & Tiptree

PUBLISHED: 17:30 15 January 2018

Romford manager Paul Martin looks on at Ship Lane (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Romford manager Paul Martin looks on at Ship Lane (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Romford boss Paul Martin is delighted with his side’s victory against promotion hopefuls Maldon & Tiptree and admits no-one expected that result.

Harry Daly of Romford in action against Cheshunt earlier this season (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo).Harry Daly of Romford in action against Cheshunt earlier this season (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo).

Boro travelled up the A12 to the Wallace Binder Stadium – where they had lost 5-1 last season and they got their revenge with a 2-1 win thanks to goals from Harry Daly and Chris Taylor.

Martin’s men have now won five of their last six matches and the manager believes it was a well-deserved three points.

“No one would have expected that especially the teams in and around us and they would have been banking on Maldon getting the three points,” he said.

“It was a fully deserved result in the end despite a slow first-half as we worked really hard for it.

“It reminded me of the cup game as they dominated the first-half and caused us problems but in the second-half we stepped up and hit them on the counter-attack.

“We now want to keep the run going and hopefully I can keep this smile on my face for a couple more weeks.”

Daly netted his first goal for Romford and also picked up an assist in their victory and Martin was pleased for the midfielder and striker Chris Taylor who also got on the score sheet.

“Harry got his first goal for the club which was pleasing to see and he also got an assist and had a good game.

“Jay Knight was unavailable for us and people would have been looking at that and saying he’s not playing what’s going on there but in the end it worked out alright as Chris Taylor came in and scored for us.”

The long-serving boss believes he now has a selection headache of his hands after their recent run with his whole squad playing a part in recent weeks.

“It’s becoming a bit of a headache with everyone being in form right now so it’s just about balancing the squad right,” Martin said.

“We rested Hugo (Atkinson) on Saturday for young Sam Mvemba, but he could come back in to freshen the legs up on Wednesday.

“Jay Knight and James May were unavailable Saturday and will be back.

“Even Nick Reynolds has come in and done very well so we have to look at what team we think will get us the result.

“They all know they’ve got to be on their toes now to keep their shirts.”

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