Ryman North: Paul Martin delighted to see Romford ace Jamie Dicks reach big 200!
PUBLISHED: 10:00 29 April 2017
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Experienced manager full of praise for Brentwood Town and Soham Town Rangers after they avoided relegation this season
Paul Martin paid tribute to Romford’s Jamie Dicks after he made his 200th appearance for the club last weekend off the bench against Aveley.
The all-action midfielder fractured a rib last month and looked set to miss the rest of the season.
But Dicks was able to return for the visit of local rivals Aveley and come off the bench during the goalless draw at Ship Lane on Saturday to reach the milestone.
“I think it would have been a bit too much for ‘Dicko’ to play the week before in the double games over Bank Holiday,” said Martin.
“He wanted to make the appearance before the end of the season and it is an achievement for a 24-year-old to make 200 appearances.
“To be captain of a club at this level at his age is a massive achievement too and there has been a couple of records broken this year.
“Nick Reynolds became the all-time leading goalscorer and young Ryan Boswell played 67 consecutive games on the spin.
“We are always achieving things as a club, but we have just got to do better in the league and I want to make sure we push every game to get as high as we can every season.”
It has been another campaign to be proud of for Martin and Romford with several feats achieved by his current players and ex-stars.
Although the regular season is over now, Martin and his fellow Romford coaches still have plenty of work to do heading into the summer.
The Boro boss, alongside assistant Alex Goldstone and first-team coach Mark Lord, are already looking at what players they can bring to the club for next season.
Once again Romford will be looking to stay in the league for the 2017/18 campaign and that will always be the aim until their new stadium at Westlands Playing Fields is eventually built.
Martin added: “Me and Alex and ‘Lordy’ when he is around will work really hard now over the next month and talk to certain players.
“Hopefully we can get them over for pre-season and they enjoy what they see and we can go from there.
“Everything is always positive for me on that side of things and it is just a matter of when or how this ground is going to get built for us.”
While the season is now over for all the teams in the division except for play-off finalists Thurrock and Maldon, Martin praised the sides which avoided relegation.
For large parts of the campaign it appeared Soham Town Rangers would finish in the bottom three and Brentwood Town were in the mix for a long time.
But both clubs managed to pull away from the drop zone with Ware, Wroxham and Great Wakering finishing in the bottom three.
Romford finished below Brentwood in the end and only five points off the relegation places, but had confirmed their safety by March.
“All the limelight is about the top teams in the play-offs, but I would like to congratulate how well Brentwood and Soham Town Rangers did during the end of the season,” said Martin.
“Brentwood finished above us in the end and two months ago they were in a massive relegation dog-fight, so they did fantastic and so did Robbie Mason at Soham.
“I think everyone focuses on the top and who is going to make the play-offs, but some of the clubs who have been fighting since Christmas to stay up deserve credit.”
Romford ended the Ryman North campaign in 16th place having finished in the same position last season too.
Boro did claim eight more points this time around and it was enough to ensure safety as Martin once again worked his magic.
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