Romford boss Martin upset as individual errors prove costly in loss to Coggeshall
PUBLISHED: 17:00 15 October 2018
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Boro beaten 5-3 at home to Seed Growers in league on Saturday
Paul Martin believes individual errors were Romford’s downfall in a 5-3 defeat at home to Coggeshall Town in the Bostik North.
In an eventful game, Boro were 4-0 at the break at Rookery Hill after Ross Wall and Sam Bantick both nabbed braces for the Seed Growers.
Ayo Olukoga pulled one back for Romford in the 71st minute, but Bantick completed his hat-trick 60 seconds later to all but seal the win for the visitors.
To their credit, Boro continued to fight on with Nick Reynolds and Olukoga scoring before the end of the match.
However, the defeat saw Romford’s lose their unbeaten home league record this season and manager Martin was disappointed with the opening half from his side.
“Our unbeaten run was always going to end, but I think any neutral would have been surprised by the result if they watched the game on Saturday,” said the Romford boss.
“We gifted Coggeshall four goals in the first half, and to concede five at home is not good enough.
“I thought we played the better football on Saturday, but individual mistakes proved costly for us.”
While the first half may have been a nightmare for Romford after conceding four times, their display after the interval was at least a positive to take from the match.
Despite being in such a difficult position at the interval, Boro were at least able to win the second half 3-1.
And Martin was content with the performance from his team after the break, having given his players some gentle encouragement.
“The fifth goal was their best goal, but the defending for their first four goals was not good enough,”added the Romford manager.
“The boys got the hairdryer treatment at half-time and I told them they needed to tighten up defensively and also start getting their shots off.
“We were able to do better in the second half and score, but it was individual mistakes in the first half that cost us.”
Martin was also keen to take other positives from the defeat, adding: “We were able to get the ball down and play it on the floor a bit more than we have done in recent weeks, which was pleasing.”