Ryman North: Paul Martin’s backing Nick Reynolds to beat Romford record at Heybridge Swifts
PUBLISHED: 15:00 16 December 2016
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Experienced striker drew level with Danny Benstock’s total of 67 goals for Boro last Saturday and hopes to beat it this weekend
Paul Martin is hoping history repeats itself for Romford when they visit Ryman North rivals Heybridge Swifts for their final match before the festive break tomorrow (Saturday).
The last time Boro went to Scraley Road, in March, Nick Reynolds scored inside 60 seconds and they picked up a point after drawing 1-1.
Although Martin would prefer a win this weekend, another goal for his forward would see him become Romford’s all-time leading goalscorer since reformation in 1992 after Reynolds equalled Danny Benstock’s total of 67 with a strike during Saturday’s 4-1 win over Wroxham.
“Nick has to be patient, although he has scored a couple of goals at Heybridge over the years,” said Martin.
“Last season he scored after about 20 seconds I think, so another like that would be nice, wouldn’t it?
“I’ve had him for a while and he left for a short period, but came back to us from Maldon & Tiptree.
“He’s virtually been at Romford since he was a kid and when he does score he will have probably smashed it because I’m sure he has played a lot less than Danny.”
When Reynolds does eventually break the record, the forward will be presented with a trophy, although his manager did wonder if another gift might be better suited for the PE teacher.
And Martin – after 455 matches in charge of the club – admitted it will be a proud moment for himself when the experienced Boro striker does score.
He added: “I need to take a bit of credit as well because I’ve kept Nick at the club and put my faith in him.
“I’ll be as proud as anybody when he does break the record and I suppose we’ll have to spend some money on a trophy, although I’m not sure if Nick would rather a trophy or a crate of beer – probably the latter!”
While a lot of the focus ahead of this weekend is on Reynolds, he will be the first to insist the results of the team are far more important than personal glory.
After beating VCD Athletic 3-2 in midweek, Romford head to Swifts looking for a third straight win, which would see Boro move to 29 points – five ahead of tomorrow’s opponents.
“Even when I was reserve team manager at Romford, Heybridge have always been a fantastic side,” said Martin.
“They knock it around nicely and I’m shocked they are down the bottom. They have a good manager in Jody Brown and some great players.
“Sometimes it just doesn’t click and like us they seem to win two or three on the bounce and then go on a losing run.
“I said to the boys I wanted four points from the final two games before Christmas and we have three. But at VCD they were all talking about having 29 points after Heybridge, so that’s nice to hear.”