Ryman North: Greg Akpele repays faith of Romford manager Paul Martin by haunting VCD Athletic
PUBLISHED: 17:00 15 December 2016
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Boro have claimed two fine victories this week to move out of relegation zone and boost confidence at Ship Lane
Romford boss Paul Martin was delighted his selection gamble resulted in an excellent 3-2 victory away to Ryman North rivals VCD Athletic on Tuesday.
Boro were two goals down after just 14 minutes at the Crayford club, before Chinedu McKenzie started the comeback and a brace from Greg Akpele earned the visitors a fine win.
However, it could have been very different, had the Romford manager not kept faith with one player, who had disappointed during the 4-1 success over Wroxham on Saturday.
“We brought Greg back recently after he left us in pre-season. VCD obviously didn’t fancy him so we got him again,” said Martin.
“On his second debut against Tonbridge he did really well and scored, but on Saturday he was terrible and I told him that.
“I was in two minds whether to play him or not at VCD after his performance at the weekend.
“But we decided to start him and I told Greg he had a point to prove and he got his two goals, so I’m delighted.”
The victory at VCD capped an excellent couple of days for Romford and moved them out of the bottom three.
A McKenzie hat-trick inspired a 4-1 triumph over basement boys Wroxham with Nick Reynolds on target too.
“The two wins were important, but we weren’t panicking before that and I knew we would get results,” added Martin.
“No disrespect to Wroxham on Saturday, but that is probably the easiest three points we have had for a while.
“And then the character we showed on Tuesday was typical Romford – that is the type of attitude and performance we deliver. I told the new lads it is games like VCD that define what this club is all about.”
The returns of Akpele and Akwasi Marfo have given Boro a boost and new signing Kai Bichard has made an immediate impact at Ship Lane.
But it is long-serving Reynolds who has claimed the headlines this week with his goal on Saturday equalling Danny Benstock’s club record of 67.
Martin added: “Some people thought Nick had done it against Wroxham so that’s probably why he got such a loud applause.
“He was unfortunate on Tuesday at VCD because he had one disallowed. He has come back in recently and been fantastic for us. I know it will not be long before he breaks the record.”