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Martin: Barkingside will do well
Romford manager Paul Martin was full of praise for opponents Barkingside after watching his team defeat them 4-1 in the Ryman One North last night.
And he admitted his only gripe with his side was the lack of concentration shown at the start of each half.
Boro boss Martin was pleased to get another home win, their third at Ship Lane in four appearances this season, and said: “It is always nice to win at home and make that your fortress.
“It was a big reunion and it is 1-0 to us, but there is nothing to be taken for granted for when we go Barkingside and play them.
“I’m sure Burger [Matt Frew] will be more disciplined in his side, the more experience he gets at this level.
“It is learning curves and there is nothing wrong with them at the moment. They put their effort in, they gave 100 per cent and I haven’t got no disrespect against Barkingside and Burger. I think they’ll do well.”
Martin wasn’t happy with the lack of concentration his team showed as Barkingside’s Toran Senghore scored after just 32 seconds.
But former Boro striker Senghore had a penalty saved a couple of minutes into the second half and Martin felt it was a key moment in the game.
Martin added: “If the penalty goes in, it is a completely different game because both teams are going to chase the win.
“Two very bad starts from us, in the first minute and the first few minutes of the second half nearly cost us.
“The only downfall I’ve got of my boys is ball watching. They drift and watch the ball instead of staying with their man.
“The two centre-halves are watching what is going to happen with the cross and my right-back should be telling my centre-half, because he is his eyes, ‘someone has pulled off’.
“If Ottley tells Clayton that, then he shuffles back and Toran doesn’t get his shot off.
“So they are the little things but you’ve got to understand that they are young.”
Despite that, the professionalism in which Romford closed the game out, impressed the Boro boss.
Martin said: “I think once we got the third goal, we steadied our ship really and we done a professional job in the end.
“Professionally we just kept our shape and then caught them on the break.”