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PUBLISHED: 16:51 02 April 2010 | UPDATED: 21:47 02 July 2010

ROMFORD boss Paul Martin was delighted to see his injury-hit side battle back for a 2-1 win at Northwood – their fourth away win in five Ryman One North outings. Will Hudson gave Northwood an early lead and the home side also hit he post and had another e

ROMFORD boss Paul Martin was delighted to see his injury-hit side battle back for a 2-1 win at Northwood - their fourth away win in five Ryman One North outings.

Will Hudson gave Northwood an early lead and the home side also hit he post and had another effort ruled out before Romford rallied to a victory which lifted them to 14th - their highest position of the season.

And Boro's latest success has forced Martin to set his side a new points target, heading into their Easter weekend fixtures with bottom club Harlow and Redbridge.

He said: "It was a bit scrappy and, to be fair, they had the better chances. We had nine out injured - I had to put Mark Lord on the bench! - but still nicked a result away from home.

"We've got to be happy. I'm just glad the injuries have come at this time of year and not two months ago. We battled well and our defence was fantastic again."

Woods started well, but saw Hudson's early header comfortably saved by Danny Mulrooney before taking the lead.

It came as no surprise, after Ryan Takeley had hit the upright, when another swift attack and low cross from Anton Lewis found Hudson, who gave Mulrooney no chance.

Woods continued to have the better of the play, but Boro enjoyed a few counter attacks and forced their hosts to clear off the line before Kyle Matthews fired a good chance over.

Mulrooney reacted sharply to save from Anton Robinson, after Paul Kavanagh had limped off with a hamstring injury, to be replaced by new signing Andy Edmunds.

And it was from an Edmunds corner on the left that Brad Falco levelled the scores with a glancing header before half-time.

The second half was more evenly balanced with Northwood firing a chance over before Edmunds had a long-range effort saved.

Another good Boro move involving Chris Thomas and Kevin Neville created a chance for Kurt Smith, who was too high with his shot, before Boro claimed their winner on 65 minutes.

Toran Senghore's through ball found Smith, who took it on to place his shot past Mitch Swain for his 14th goal of the season.

Northwood came back strongly and Lewis somehow managed to lift a close-range attempt over before Danny Power glanced a corner into the net, only to see it chalked off by the referee.

Boro enjoyed a late flourish and might have netted a third when Edmunds broke through, only to see his low shot smothered.

But Martin added: "Everyone around us won their games as well, so things pretty much stayed the same, but we want to close that gap.

"We've just got to get these last few games out of the way and hopefully get up to 50 points."

Jimmy Noakes was due to have a double knee operation yesterday (Thursday) and Paul White, Richard Oxby, Scott Truman and James Libby all look to be out for the rest of the season.

Romford: Mulrooney, Barry, Neville, Ishmail, Toms, Clayton, Thomas, Senghore (Pearman 88), Smith, Falco, Kavanagh (Edmunds 24).


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