Ryman North: Romford manager Paul Martin praises loyal Chinedu McKenzie

PUBLISHED: 16:00 02 December 2016

Chinedu McKenzie celebrates a recent goal with his Romford team-mates (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

Chinedu McKenzie celebrates a recent goal with his Romford team-mates (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

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Striker has turned down moves to fellow league clubs this week and will feature against Soham Town Rangers tomorrow

Romford boss Paul Martin is thrilled to have Chinedu McKenzie in his squad for this weekend’s Ryman North fixture at home to Soham Town Rangers.

The forward has been in excellent form this season, netting his 16th goal of the season in their 7-1 loss at Haringey Borough last Saturday.

But two rival league clubs put in offers for McKenzie this week, only for the Boro striker to reject both and remain with the club.

“The bad news is Tom Potter’s work has changed so he is tied up from Wednesdays to Sundays now,” said Martin.

“We are without him for the rest of the season, but on a positive note ‘Chin’ has turned down two moves to teams in the play-off positions.

“He wants to stay with Romford and all credit to him because it shows that sometimes it isn’t all about a budget and I wish more players were like him.

“I’ve explained to ‘Chin’ staying with us and scoring 25 to 30 goals this year can get him a really good move for next season. You can’t complain when you have somebody scoring every week and turning down good money from other clubs.”

With McKenzie leading the line, Romford will look to make Ship Lane a fortress again, starting with their clash against Soham.

Boro are nine points behind their opponents ahead of tomorrow’s fixture, yet have two games in hand over the Cambrideshire outfit.

Martin added: “I’ll just be happy to pick up three points at one stage over the next week because we are playing some teams around us.

“When you come up against clubs close to you in the table, you have to make sure you don’t lose points and obviously we have got Soham on Saturday and Wroxham coming up.

“Both are important matches and the games in hand we have are crucial as well – we need to pick up some wins from those to ensure we are not in a dogfight.”

Romford had a day to forget at Coles Park last Saturday with hosts Haringey scoring seven times and Martin’s team unfortunate to ‘miss’ a second-half penalty.

McKenzie’s effort looked to come back off the stanchion inside the net, yet the officials failed to award a goal.

After hosting Soham, Boro travel to Premier Division side Tonbridge Angels in the third round of the Ryman League Cup on Tuesday.

“We could have done with it at home and with the form they are in it is one of them for us,” said Martin.

“I might use the match to put in three or four new boys and see how they get on against a Ryman Premier team. If they hold their own, then they are going to be more than good enough to play for us in the division.

“Unfortunately it will be a bit of an experiment, but we need to concentrate on the league now and not the cup.”

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