Martin 'over the moon' after Romford receive permission to build stadium in Havering
PUBLISHED: 12:00 30 October 2018
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Boro received great news last week, but lost 2-0
Romford manager Paul Martin says he is ‘over the moon’ after the Bostik North club were granted planning permission for a new stadium in the London Borough of Havering last week.
The borough’s planning committee unanimously voted in favour of Boro building a new stadium on Westlands Playing Fields on London Road.
Romford now have three years to begin work on the new stadium as they take another step towards planning home games in Havering for the first time since 2008.
Martin said: “The planning permission being granted is great new for the club and I’m over the moon for everyone associated with Romford.
“The aim now for us is to be able to keep the club in the Bostik North as a minimum to help with the funding.
“You look at the history of a club like Romford and the players that we’ve had play for the club with no money.
“If we had our own stadium then, we would have had a budget and been in a position to keep those players which could have helped us be a bit more successful.
“The news of planning permission is a huge positive for the club, but also for the community too.
“You look at teams like Bowers & Pitsea who are able to use their 3G surface for the good of their community as well as for the club.”
While there was jubilation off the pitch for Romford last week, it was not as good on it as they slipped to a 2-0 loss at Bowers & Pitsea in the Bostik North on Saturday.
Quentin Monville put Bowers ahead in the 43rd minute, before the hosts doubled their lead through Lewis Manor four minutes into the second half.
Martin, however, feels the Rookery Hill club were unfortunate not to take anything from the game.
“It was an even game at Bowers, so to come away with no points is disappointing,” he said.
“The goals aside, our keeper (Rhys Hughes) didn’t have much to do while we tested theirs a few times and also hit the woodwork.
“It just shows that you have to take your chances, but we also have to start games better too as we’re finishing them well.”