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Ryman North: Romford manager Paul Martin disappointed to lose milestone match with Bowers & Pitsea

PUBLISHED: 11:00 24 November 2016

Romford manager Paul Martin issues instructions during his 450th match in charge of the club (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo).

Romford manager Paul Martin issues instructions during his 450th match in charge of the club (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo).

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Martin took charge of Boro for the 450th time last night, but couldn't lead them to victory despite early opener

Romford manager Paul Martin would have happily swapped his bottle of bubbly and accolade for taking charge of his 450th match as manager of the club for three points against Bowers & Pitsea in the Ryman North last night.

Tarren Dhariwel handed Boro the perfect start at Ship Lane by curling home the opening after eight minutes.

But a second half brace from Lewis Manor put Bowers ahead and they held on despite late pressure from the hosts.

“I don’t often win things or get stuff given to me at Romford so it was a pleasure to have the presentation,” said Martin.

“The three points was much more important than the bottle of champagne and the trophy I received so I’m a little bit disappointed.

“Some of them put a shift in, but it is just the quality and if you have the money you can bring in the likes of David Knight, Bradley Warner and Lewis Manor.

“You don’t weaken your team doing that, but we generally know we can beat any side it is just if you switch off at this level you get punished.

“We defended 15 corners in that game and the one where we didn’t stick with our men, they scored.”

Manor headed home the equaliser four minutes into the second half following a Warner corner.

The same man put Bowers ahead in the 68th minute after a neat turn and Romford couldn’t find a response.

“I said at half time we don’t want to defend for another 45 minutes. It is hard to keep a 1-0 at any level,” said Martin.

“We needed to make sure we could get at them again and squeeze them, but Bowers movement was very good and our players couldn’t cope.

“We were a little bit too easy to mark and that’s the frustrating thing, but it is all a learning curve for the youngsters in the changing room.

After Romford took a deserved lead, they struggled to build on it and had to defend well in the first 45.

It was always going to be an uphill battle after the break and it proved the case, which left Boro’s boss disappointed on his 450th match in charge of the club – an astonishing achievement.

“Sometimes you can score too early, but it is always nice to get on the scoresheet,” added Martin.

“The first 15 minutes we looked on our game and we were taking it too them. We created a lot of corners, and got the goal, but we just started getting deep and deeper. I felt we showed them too much respect and second half they have got back into it.”

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