Ryman North: Paul Martin full of praise for Romford's Kai Bichard after hitting winner at Thamesmead Town
PUBLISHED: 09:30 02 March 2017
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Boro boss pleased to see Ship Lane club bag all three points on the road and move up one place to 16th in the table
Romford manager Paul Martin paid tribute to Kai Bichard after an incident-filled Ryman North clash with Thamesmead Town last weekend.
The midfielder scored Boro’s second goal at Bayliss Avenue after Chinedu McKenzie made the breakthrough in the 52nd minute.
It was enough to earn Romford a 2-1 win with Paul Vines netting a consolation for Mead, who finished with nine men.
Leon Smith was shown a second yellow before Ellis Green punched Bichard in the face, but the Boro midfielder had the last laugh.
“It is all about the points now rather than the performance, but we made it hard work for the last 10 minutes,” said Martin.
“They only had nine men, but are a physical side and can be very dangerous from set-pieces and it was a bit squeaky at the end.
“There were a lot of incidents in the match and you could tell it was an important game for both teams.
“Kai’s discipline was really good and he then managed to score the goal which won us the points.
“He has been brilliant since I brought him in and his experience is something we have been lacking.
“He has proved to be a great signing and has been consistent, so I’m delighted with his contribution this season.”
It was a dramatic afternoon for Bichard and a pleasing one for McKenzie, who was back among the goals.
The Boro forward last found the net on January 14 before ending his duck at Mead and Martin was thrilled.
“Chin has been a bit unlucky, but that is what happens for forwards. Sometimes all the chances go in and other times they don’t,” said Romford’s manager.
“He was still creating opportunities and the goals we scored at Thamesmead all came from the training ground.
“I spent two-and-a-half hours with the players working on things on the Monday before Saturday’s match and it paid off, so I was happy with that.”
Romford’s 2-1 success moved them up to 16th and they have an 11-point cushion above the bottom three.
Soham Town Rangers, who are just above the relegation zone, then lost on Tuesday night to make it a good week for Boro.
Ex-striker Tom Richardson netted a brace for Brightlingsea Regent to beat Rangers 3-1 and earn praise from his former manager.
Martin added: “Tom done me a favour on Tuesday night by getting two goals against Soham Town.
“That is probably the best thing he has done all week for me at work, but I still want us to get up to 50 points.
“I won’t take my foot off the pedal even when we do that and I want us to win as many games as we can between now and the end of the season.
“We haven’t really gone on a good run all year except for one month, so hopefully we can do that now.”
Romford have nine games left in the Ryman North and have 45 points from 37 games this season.