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Romford boss Martin hopes FA Cup scouting mission pays off

PUBLISHED: 17:00 12 September 2014

Romford boss Paul Martin. Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO

Romford boss Paul Martin. Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO

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Romford manager Paul Martin is hoping his extra attention to detail will reap rewards as his side host Ryman Premier Division outfit Bury Town in the FA Cup at Ship Lane on Sunday.

Boro players should be wised up after Martin watched their cup opponents on Tuesday when he travelled to Ram Meadow to watch Bury face Leatherhead and has given his players various instructions based on his scouting mission.

And Martin hopes it aids their goal of reaching the second qualifying round and winning the £3,000 prize money on offer.

“I went and watched them on Tuesday night, it took me about four hours to get there,” said Martin.

“I got back about 1am and I had to be up at five and it is going to be a hard game.

“I have given all my boys some paper with the Bury formation on and their strong points.

“Every detail of every player that plays for them too so my boys have a couple of days to read through that.”

Martin will hope his players can take his instructions on board and has revealed they will not hold back in Sunday’s tie, which kicks off at Ship Lane at 1pm.

Romford are likely to face a side lacking in confidence as Bury have only won once this season, and remain winless on the road.

“I asked the boys if they wanted to sit back and go for a replay or go for it,” added Martin.

“And they said ‘lets go for it’ so we are going all guns blazing and if it doesn’t work out we haven’t lost anything.

“Bury’s confidence is low because they are not scoring a lot of goals, but they are not conceding a lot either.

“They are losing 2-1 and 1-0 and drawing games 1-1, but they drew with Kingstonian recently so they have had a couple of good results.”

Martin believes Romford deserve a good FA Cup run after bowing out of the competition unluckily last season.

Boro performed excellently against local rivals Grays Athletic last year, but were beaten 2-1 at Mill Field.

Martin is hoping for better luck this time around and will use Wednesday’s dramatic late winner over Redbridge in the Ryman One North derby as inspiration.

Ryan Imbert scored in the 10th minute of stoppage time at Ship Lane to seal a dramatic 2-1 victory.

Captain Jack Barry equalised midway through the second half before Romford found a late winner and Martin is hoping to use that momentum to cause an upset.

He added: “I think if we can show the spirit we showed against Redbridge, we can give Bury a game and see if we can take the money.

“I think we deserve a cup run as well because we have been a bit unlucky with draws in recent seasons

“If the boys can show the spirit they showed in the second half against Redbridge then I will be happy.

“All season we’ve been fantastic first half and very disappointing second half but it was the other way round versus Redbridge.

“If we can get a full 90 minutes, right from the first whistle until the last, I don’t see why we can’t go and upset Bury Town.”

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