Team display delights Romford boss

PUBLISHED: 16:00 19 January 2016

Romford manager Paul Martin speaks to Matt Frew (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Romford manager Paul Martin speaks to Matt Frew (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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Boro manager hails side after claiming victory against Heybridge Swifts on Saturday

Romford boss Paul Martin praised the performance of his team after they earned a 2-0 triumph over Heybridge Swifts in the Ryman North last weekend.

George Woodward scored a free kick just past the quarter of an hour mark after Chinedu McKenzie had seen a penalty saved.

The Ship Lane hosts had to wait until the 86th minute to double their tally when Talha Zakariya found the net to seal the points.

It was an important result against a Swifts team quite close to them in the standings and Romford are now 10 points above the bottom three - sitting comfortably in 17th position.

Martin said: “I said we need to beat the teams around us to open up gaps and we have beaten Barkingside and Heybridge Swifts now.

“They are a good side, I can’t see why they are down there, but it is one of those things like us where you just can’t put your finger on it.

“I think in all fairness all of the team played well and deserve credit because they all did their individual jobs.

“If you have three or four that aren’t on it you will lose games, but they all did what was asked on Saturday and I can’t praise them enough.”

Boro didn’t make things easy for themselves initally by missing an early spot-kick after Greg Akpele was fouled in the box.

McKenzie stepped up and saw the Heybridge goalkeeper tip his effort around the post for a corner.

Martin revealed who was meant to take the spot-kick and how Woodward got his side out of trouble with another fine set piece strike.

He added: “If you look at our record on penalties I think we have missed three times as many as we have scored over the last few seasons.

“We are used to it now, but Matt Frew has to take some responsibility because he was down on the board to take it.

“He bottled it and Chin has stepped up and seen it saved, but George has got him out of trouble. We don’t get many free kicks, but when we do we let George have a go and he has scored a few recently.”

Romford had to wait until four minutes from time to seal the points as recent recruit Zakariya found the net.

Martin admitted they had opportunities before that strike to ensure they would pick up the points, but was pleased when they finally got the second.

“We had a couple of good chances like balls across the box, but a bit of fatigue meant we didn’t get on the end of them,” said the Romford boss.

“They got caught forward and we managed to finish them off and it was good because you always worry they will get a chance in the 91st minute so it was nice to get the goal at a good time.”

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