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Thursday, October 10, 2013
Martin looking forward to Essex Senior Cup tie
Romford were handed a plum tie at League Two outfit Dagenham & Redbridge when the draw for the third round of the Essex Senior Cup was made last week.
It is a wonderful draw for the Ryman One North team and a topic of conversation around the club ever since.
And boss Paul Martin is especially looking forward to the Victoria Road clash, which should be played the week commencing October 28.
“There is a lot of talk about it around the club,” he said.
“It is a great thing for the players, playing in a proper stadium.
“I don’t know what sort of team they will put out but my players will be up for it.”
Boro have struggled against the teams around them this season, while excelling against the sides that appear superior on paper, which looks a positive for this clash in particular.
It is a conundrum that the Romford manager has to solve but first of all he has warned his players to focus on the less glamorous league matches before getting giddy about Daggers.
Martin said: “It is nice for the players but the trouble is I’ll have people only wanting to play against Dagenham and not the other games.
“That’s the downfall, I want them desperate to play against the Sudbury’s and Waltham Forest’s not just against Dagenham.
“They should be up for all matches but we play better against the stronger teams, which will suit this tie.”
Boro have crashed out of two important cup competitions over the past two months, the FA Cup and FA Trophy.
Martin does not expect their Essex Senior Cup tie to bring much financial reward but at least it will be a game the fans and everyone associated with Romford enjoys.
“I don’t know (if the gate is split),” he added. “Apparently we don’t get anything because it is just Essex Senior Cup but we will see.”
Michael Dawson is looking forward to facing Arsenal after Tottenham were drawn against the Gunners in the third round of the FA Cup.