Romford ‘not getting rub of green’

PUBLISHED: 12:30 22 December 2015

Romford manager Paul Martin issues instructions (pic: George Phillipou/TGSPHOTO)

Romford manager Paul Martin issues instructions (pic: George Phillipou/TGSPHOTO)

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Manager Martin laments latest loss

Romford manager Paul Martin says no one is more frustrated than him after his side’s 2-1 loss to Soham Town Rangers in the Ryman North at Ship Lane.

Goals from Jordan Gent and Ross Paterson were enough to secure all three points for the visitors, despite Akwasi Marfo halving the deficit late on.

Martin was pleased with Boro’s display, though, and suggests they may have been unlucky in recent week.

He said: “I feel we’ve played well in the game and ended up coming away with nothing. We’ve tinkered with a few things, but perhaps we’re not getting the rub of the green.

“We’re playing some good football at the moment, but we just can’t seem to keep a clean sheet. Players are coming off the field and with that look like they can’t believe they’ve lost.”

Both teams were reduced to 10 men following a scuffle between Salim Relizani and George Woodward, but the Romford boss did not feel the incident changed the overall result, although he said it was naïve of his player to react.

“The boy raises his hands and we knew he was gone and all George had to do was wink and say ‘see you later’,” added Martin.

“But he’s retaliated and he’s gone too. A bit of inexperience I suppose, but I don’t think it affected the outcome of the game.”

Martin recognises that fans are unhappy with the side’s current run, having not won in seven games, but maintains he has never lost their support through the years and is completely committed to changing the team’s fortunes.

“The supporters are not happy, but I can’t knock the players because they are trying their hardest,” he said.

“I think it is because we have punched above our weight over the years and stayed in the division. We don’t go out there trying to lose games and no one is more frustrated than me.

“It hurts me the most, but I have never lost the support of the fans here. I dedicate five out of seven days to Romford Football Club.”

Romford’s first game after the Christmas weekend is away to landlords Thurrock on December 29.

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