Martin wants Romford to enjoy being league leaders

PUBLISHED: 17:00 29 August 2018

Romford boss Paul Martin (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Romford boss Paul Martin (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Boro took over at summit after beating Tilbury 2-1 on Tuesday night

Paul Martin wants Romford to enjoy being the early leaders in the Bostik North after a 2-1 win at home to Tilbury took Boro to the summit.

After three games this term, the Rookery Hill club have taken seven points and sit top on goal difference from Maldon & Tiptree.

Roddy Lemba opened the scoring against Tilbury in the third minute on Tuesday night, before Max Bolton doubled the hosts’ advantage with a penalty nine minutes into the second half.

Siju Odelusi pulled one back for the Dockers in the 60th minute, but Boro held on to triumph and take possession of top spot in the division.

And though it is early in the campaign, Martin wants the Rookery Hill club to enjoy their lofty position.

“For us as a club in recent years, it’s always been about survival so it’s nice to be at the other end of the table,” he said.

“I want the boys to enjoy their good start to the season and hopefully it continues for a while yet.”

The victory over Tilbury followed a 3-2 success at home to Baldock Town in the FA Cup preliminary round on Sunday.

Lemba rounded out the scoring for Romford in that game after Kurt Smith had earlier netted a brace.

Boro have been rewarded with a tie at home to Kettering Town of the Evo-Stik South Premier Central in the first qualifying round, with the draw to take place on the weekend of September 8.

And though there are games to come before that, Martin is also looking forward to hosting the Poppies.

“It’s a tough draw for us as Kettering have also started the season well,” added Martin.

“Kettering have a good fanbase, so hopefully that sees a little more money come in from the gate than usual.

“We all know that anything can happen on the day and we’re looking forward to the game, but we have other things to think about before then.”

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