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Martin frustrated after floodlight failure

16:30 26 November 2014

Romford manager Paul Martin (pic: Garry Bowden/TGSPHOTO)

Romford manager Paul Martin (pic: Garry Bowden/TGSPHOTO)

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Romford forward Ryan Imbert had other problems to deal with prior to the Thamesmead match

Romford manager Paul Martin was frustrated not to play yesterday’s Ryman North match against Thamesmead Town, but one of his players might have been pleased the match didn’t go ahead.

Ryan Imbert was set to play at Bayliss Avenue, after scoring for the first time in 10 appearances during the 3-0 win against Burnham Ramblers on Saturday, but he wasn’t able to get to Thamesmead.

Martin revealed why, he said: “Ryan had one yesterday, he got a flat tire and has only got a little scooter so he couldn’t play anyway.

“He needed the goal against Burnham though, and it was on his weaker foot, so that should give him some good confidence.”

Romford players didn’t even get changed yesterday evening as they feared the floodlight failure would postpone the match.

As they arrived the floodlights went out and referee David Smart finally admitted defeat shortly after the scheduled kick-off.

Martin added: “I think Thamesmead said they had some troubles with it on Saturday but kept them on for the whole time Tuesday to make sure they were alright.

“The rain has probably caused some water damage and it has blown.

“I think we could have played because it was only on one side and I have played on darker pitches before.

“It is frustrating getting all that way, having to pay the toll and everything else and the pitch was perfect, but it was one of those things.”

The match hasn’t yet been rearranged but will almost certainly be played in the New Year now.

Romford had another away match affected by floodlight failure earlier in the season at Brightlingsea Regent.

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