Romford players in ‘brilliant mood’
PUBLISHED: 14:30 24 December 2015
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Martin: Winless run not affecting atmosphere
Romford manager Paul Martin insisted the mood in the camp heading into Christmas period was ‘brilliant’ despite seeing his side’s winless streak extended to seven matches at the weekend.
Boro went down 2-1 at home against Ryman North rivals Soham Town Rangers on Saturday and are set to return to Ship Lane to take on landlords Thurrock on Tuesday.
Mark Stimson’s Fleet are flying high in the promotion play-off places at present, but Martin’s men held them to a 1-1 draw last month when Karmal Duncan’s freakish, wind-assisted own goal went viral on social media.
Martin said: “Although we haven’t won in a while, we have only dropped one place and the mood is the changing room is still brilliant.
“In the new year we expect to pick up more points. It’s funny that, although we are where we are, we have taken six points off of Hornchurch and drawn with Harlow and Thurrock.
“We have game coming up against Thurrock and Barkingside which we know will be hard battles. Unfortunately I won’t be there for personal reasons, but I leave it in capable hands.”
Martin claimed no one was more frustrated than him after his side’s loss to Soham Town, as goals from Jordan Gent and Ross Paterson were enough to secure all three points for the visitors.
Akwasi Marfo halved the deficit late on and Martin was pleased with Boro’s display, suggesting they may have been unlucky in recent weeks.
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 admitted his player was a little naïve 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.”
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