Ryman North: Chinedu McKenzie praises Romford boss Paul Martin after Wroxham win
PUBLISHED: 12:00 14 March 2017
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Boro came back from one goal down to earn a third straight 2-1 success to go past the 50-point mark
Romford forward Chinedu McKenzie felt some strong words from manager Paul Martin at half time of Saturday’s Ryman North clash at Wroxham was crucial in helping them claim a 2-1 victory.
Boro looked set to return home empty-handed at the end of the first 45 with the Yachtsmen one goal ahead.
But McKenzie equalised for Romford two minutes after the restart before a 90th minute winner from Ayo Olukoga handed Martin’s team the points.
“The first half was really hard for us as Wroxham wanted it a lot more than we did,” said Boro’s top goalscorer this season.
“I didn’t feel we were hungry enough in the first half going forward or defending and it showed as they scored.
“But Magic’s team talk at the break motivated us to yet again grind out a result and that’s exactly what we did.
“Ayo has been working really hard for us too and it’s paying off with him chipping in with some vital goals for us.”
The victory was Romford’s third in a row and moved them up to 15th in the table and onto 51 points.
It means the Ship Lane club are safe and have yet again avoided relegation and McKenzie has played a vital role.
Saturday’s strike was his 28th of the campaign and got Boro back in the game after a frustrating first half.
Martin lost Greg Akpele through injury and fell behind in the 20th minute following a volley by Connor Deeks.
After regrouping at the break, McKenzie got Romford back on level terms with a close range finish.
Boro pushed for a winner and Martin brought on all-time leading scorer Nick Reynolds and it paid off.
McKenzie played Reynolds through and he was brought down by Wroxham goalkeeper Elliot Pride inside the area.
But the referee played an advantage and Olukoga slotted home the winner to give Boro a third consecutive victory.
“It is always a good feeling knowing you have scored to help the team gain all three points away from home,” said McKenzie.
“The last two games now we have come from one goal down to win 2-1, so that’s great as well.”