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Friday, August 30, 2013
League is not priority for Martin
Romford manager Paul Martin has targeted cup success over Ryman League glory, as he looks to raise funds in their FA Cup tie at Hadleigh United tomorrow (Saturday) to keep the club going.
Boro boss Martin admits his main concern at the moment is prize money, with £1,925 on offer this weekend, and said: “My priority is the prize money from the cup games.
“It is a matter of just staying in the league this year.
“If we come fifth from bottom I’ll be happy, as long as I’ve took ten grand in prize money to keep the club running next year.”
The need for progress in the FA Cup led Martin to make the long trip to Suffolk this week to scout their opponents from the Eastern Counties League Premier Division.
Martin was hoping to seem Hadleigh in action against Brightlingsea Regent and added: “They are a tricky side. All the teams you come up against from Ipswich way are awkward teams to play because you never know what you are up against.
“They have had some really good results pre-season and they won 7-0 on Saturday.”
Despite the length of the journey, a victory on Saturday is vital for the club and if the Romford manager can get any key information on the opposition, it will be worth it.
Martin said: “It is hard to go into the FA Cup blind.
“If you have got a chance to get something on them, that might win you that cup game.
“Hopefully I’ll find a little weakness in their side and play on that at the weekend.”
In addition to travelling to watch Hadleigh, Martin was hoping to bring in a forward and secure a sponsor for the club this week.
He added: “I am hoping to bring a centre forward in by the end of the week and hopefully bring a main sponsor in as well, which will help the club.
“Everything will be rosy if I get them two jobs done this week and then I would have had a good week.”
Paul Merson was impressed by Everton youngster Ross Barkley in Sunday’s 1-1 draw against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium.