Ryman North: Paul Martin happy for Romford to take home points from ‘dull’ Wroxham contest

PUBLISHED: 12:00 16 March 2017

Romford manager Paul Martin (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

Romford manager Paul Martin (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

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Boro were dealt a blow on Monday when captain Jamie Dicks suffered an injury in training, but Tom Potter is available again

Paul Martin admitted he couldn’t have written the script better for Romford’s 2-1 win at Wroxham, which virtually assured their place in the Ryman North for another season.

Boro trailed by one goal at half time, but Chinedu McKenzie levelled the scores just two minutes after the restart.

Ayo Olukoga then netted a stoppage time winner to give Romford a third consecutive victory and take them onto 51 points and up to 15th.

“Saturday’s game was very dull and I would say there were only three real attempts all game and we won 2-1, so our finishing was more clinical,” said Martin.

“They were trying to time waste within the first five minutes and it was unbelievable. We had a shot which went over and they had a training pitch at the back of the goal and they made their goalkeeper climb over the fence to get the ball back.

“I know a point would have done them a favour, but you can’t set your stall out to do that from five minutes up to the 90.

“We came back from one down and it is a great time to score two minutes after half time and then we got the winner a minute before the final whistle, so if we had done that all season we would probably be top.”

Romford were dealt a blow on Monday night, however, when captain Jamie Dicks suffered an injury in training.

The influential midfielder started at Wroxham having missed the previous two games after serving a ban for picking up 10 yellow cards.

Martin added: “Jamie will be out for the rest of the season, which is a blow because he has only just come back from a suspension.

“He played one game and is now out because he fell awkwardly in training and Kate Thwaites had a look and he has fractured a rib.

“I think he will be out for four to six weeks, so I reckon that is him basically done now, which is a real shame.”

Tom Potter’s return should help compensate for the absence of Dicks and will also allow two midfielders to return to their natural positions.

Ryan Mallett and Dan Cossington have both been forced to play regularly in the centre of Boro’s defence in recent weeks.

But James Ishmail is fit again after suffering an injury against local rivals Hornchurch at the start of February.

“Potter’s work is done now, so he was back on Saturday. In December they changed his shift pattern and he had to work Wednesday to Sunday and that nailed us,” said Martin.

“But it finished last week and he was available at Wroxham and is around for the rest of the season, so that helps now we have lost Jamie.

“We have got options with Ishmail back and we can push Mallett and Cossington back into midfield if we need to – their natural positions.

“God knows how long we have been playing with two central midfielders at centre half, but it is amazing how things happen.”

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