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Tuesday, October 8, 2013
Manager Martin laments early exit
Romford boss Paul Martin was far from happy after seeing his side knocked out of the FA Trophy at the first hurdle.
Two first-half goals proved enough for former Ryman One North side Potters Bar to defeat Boro in the preliminary round tie and Martin felt his men were not up for the task.
He said: “It was very hard to take. It was almost like the players didn’t take it seriously.
“If we had won, four grand would have been up for grabs in the next round but we didn’t turn up and it was really disappointing.”
Boro had gone into the tie on the back of a 1-0 league cup win over Premier Division East Thurrock, but could not maintain that tempo.
Martin added: “First half it was played like a friendly, not like a normal cup tie.
“Both teams played at a really slow tempo and it was strange, nothing like against East Thurrock.
“We had some tired legs and players missing, but that isn’t an excuse.”
It could have been different though had the Scholars’ Josh McLeod-Urquhart been shown a red card for an incident with Boro’s Tom Richardson.
Martin chose not to ponder too much on this and instead lamented his team’s inability to create chances.
He added “That’s football, I’ve seen them given and I’ve seen them not given.
“Perhaps if it had been on the other foot it would have been a straight red being our luck at the moment, but I can’t blame referee.
“First half we didn’t create any clear cut chances and then second, we had a shot from 18 yards out, but nothing else.
“They defended their two-goal lead, two cheap goals that we conceded, and then knocked everything else that came into the box away.”
Boro return to league action at the weekend against Witham and will hope to bounce back at Ship Lane following this bitterly frustrating Trophy exit.
Arsenal have decisions to make on a host of first team players whose contracts are set to expire at the end of the season.