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Romford stay in the Bostik North for a tenth campaign

PUBLISHED: 10:00 04 May 2018

Celebrations at the final whistle as Romford ensure Bostik league survival (Pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

Celebrations at the final whistle as Romford ensure Bostik league survival (Pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

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Romford will be playing Bostik North again next season but will be moving into a new home at East Thurrock’s ground.

Paul Martin celebrates at the final whistle as Romford ensure Bostik league survival (Pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)Paul Martin celebrates at the final whistle as Romford ensure Bostik league survival (Pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

After Boro’s last day heroics to seal a 4-2 victory against Maldon & Tiptree to stay in the league it cemented their place for the 2018/19 season.

And manager Paul Martin revealed the squad he had at the end of the season were good enough to be clear of the relegation zone and he will be hoping to keep them together.

“I’ve been saying if I probably had this squad three months ago we wouldn’t have been in that situation,” said Martin.

“You’ve got other managers saying if you play like that every week why are you bottom throughout the season and even early in the season just before and after Christmas you had supporters saying how are you bottom of the league?

“We were bottom because we were not doing our jobs properly.

“This could have been a different story and I could have been mopping about. The last two performances we deserved exactly what we got I think.”

The last-ditch survival antics came in Romford’s final match at Thurrock’s Ship Lane home, where Boro have played since the start of 2012/13 season.

Fleet chairman Tommy South is selling the ground due to health issues and Martin added: “The angels were looking down on us, it’s just as much our home as Thurrock’s in the last four or five seasons.

“You call it your home. It’s a proud moment for myself and in my footballing career it’s probably one of the biggest achievements I’ve got.”

Martin also revealed the difficulties of his job and how important it is that they’re playing in the Bostik North next campaign.

“It’s tough enough year in, year out with no money surviving in this league,” he said. “Nine years I’ve been in this league, never have I won manager of the month, and I’m not expected to win it.

“I’m not expected to win any trophies, it’s just my job to keep this club stable and in this division as it’s hard once you get relegated to come back up.

“That’s nine years now I’ve kept them in this league, all I need now to put the icing on the cake is to get that stadium, and if I’m the first man to take the first game and get the sack after that I’ll still be a proud man.”

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