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Martin insists Romford were not complacent after losing to Great Wakering in Trophy

PUBLISHED: 10:00 02 October 2018

Romford manager Paul Martin (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Romford manager Paul Martin (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Boro had already beaten Rovers in league this term, but lost on Sunday

Paul Martin insists complacency was not the reason why Romford were beaten 3-2 at home to Bostik North rivals Great Wakering Rovers in the FA Trophy extra preliminary round.

Boro had eased to a 3-0 success at home to Rovers on the opening day of the league season in August.

It was a different story in the FA Trophy on Sunday, though, as the Rookery Hill club crashed out of the competition despite goals from Dan Cossington and Khadean Campbell.

Romford boss Martin, however, was quick to dismiss the notion his team were over-confident because of their earlier win, but nonetheless felt let down by Boro’s display.

“The defeat was a big disappointment, especially from a money point of view,” said Martin.

“We were disappointed with the display too. I don’t think there was any complacency just because we beat them in the first game of the season.

“That win was a bit of a bonus because they’d only appointed a new manager a few days before. They’re used to his style now and that showed on Sunday.”

Romford went into the match off the back of a fine performance in a 2-0 win at home to Aveley in the league on Wednesday.

And Martin was annoyed Boro were unable to reach those standards again during their cup loss.

“We performed well against Aveley and then our levels dropped against Great Wakering. That’s something we’ve seen all season,” he added.

“It happens every time after we play well, that we’re unable to play that well in the next game.

“It’s never easy playing on a Sunday because of the impact it has on players and their plans over the weekend, but there are no excuses. I was frustrated with the players after Sunday.”

Martin had set Romford a target of earning £10,000 in prize money from various cup competitions this team

The FA Trophy exit, though, means Boro will be unable to achieve that, further adding to Martin’s disappointment.

“I’d rather have lost at Aveley and progress in the cup because you can claw points back in the league, but you can’t claw the money back from a cup run,” he said.

“We’ve fallen below the target we had set for the season — that’s what I’m most frustrated about.”

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