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Martin aware how important FA Cup run is with Romford looking to build new stadium

PUBLISHED: 12:00 24 August 2018

Roddy Lemba of Romford goes close during Bury Town vs Romford, Bostik League Division 1 North Football at Ram Meadow on 18th August 2018

Roddy Lemba of Romford goes close during Bury Town vs Romford, Bostik League Division 1 North Football at Ram Meadow on 18th August 2018

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Boro could win almost £3,000 in prize money if they beat Baldock Town in preliminary round on Saturday

Romford manager Paul Martin during Bury Town vs Romford, Bostik League Division 1 North Football at Ram Meadow on 18th August 2018Romford manager Paul Martin during Bury Town vs Romford, Bostik League Division 1 North Football at Ram Meadow on 18th August 2018

Paul Martin believes FA Cup prize money is of greater importance to Romford this season, with the Bostik North club looking to build their own ground at Westlands Playing Fields.

Boro host Baldock Town of the Spartan South Midlands Premier Division in the preliminary round on Sunday, with the victors taking home £2,890 in prize money.

The game will take place at Romford’s new home at East Thurrock United’s Rookery Hill near Stanford-le-Hope, but Boro have long-held plans to one day return to the London Borough of Havering.

The club are hoping to build a facility at Westlands Playing Fields off London Road and are still looking at ways to fund the development.

And Martin knows that any money generated from cup runs this term will be a massive boost for Romford in their bid to build their own ground.

“Prize money has always been important to us as a club, but even more so this season because of the new ground that we’re hoping to build,” he said.

“Between the FA Cup and the FA Trophy, we’re aiming to take home at least £10,000 in prize money.

“We have a good squad with a lot of good youngsters this season and that gives me confidence we can achieve that.”

Playing at a tier higher than Baldock in the Bostik North, Romford head into Sunday’s cup tie as favourites.

With the teams playing in different divisions, Boro may have had to work harder than usual to gather intelligence on their opponents.

But Martin is happy with what the Rookery Hill club know about the Reds ahead of Sunday’s match.

“We’ve done our homework on them, and I’m sure they will have done the same on us,” he added.

“I’m sure they probably had someone watching us at Ware in the Velocity Trophy on Tuesday (Romford lost on penalties) as it wasn’t too far away for them and they’ll have got a good report.

“Upsets happen in the cup and they’ve happened to us in the past, so we have to stay disciplined if we are to get the job done.”

Romford are due to visit Tilbury in the Bostik North on Tuesday, having continued their unbeaten start to the new league term with a 1-1 draw at Bury Town last Saturday, where Roddy Lemba was on target at Ram Meadow.

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