Bostik North: Romford manager Paul Martin baffled by refereeing decisions in defeat at Canvey Island

PUBLISHED: 15:00 25 September 2017

Romford manager Paul Martin (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

Romford manager Paul Martin (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

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Boro boss felt his side should have had a stoppage-time penalty at the Gulls

Romford manager Paul Martin revealed he spoke to the referee about some of the decisions made in a 1-0 loss at Canvey Island in the Bostik North on Saturday.

The game’s only goal came early in the second half in the 50th minute when George Sykes converted a penalty for the Gulls.

However, Boro felt they should have had a spot kick of their own in stoppage time when Chris Taylor was brought down in the box, but the referee was unmoved.

It was a decision that left Martin baffled, and the Romford managed revealed he went into the officials’ room after the game to discuss that and some of the other incidents in the game.

“I spoke to the ref at length after the game about some of his decisions. He said there was minimal contact for our penalty shout, but I’m not sure their player got any of the ball,” said Martin.

“There was a similar foul at the other end and he gives Canvey a free kick for it.

“We had a decent shout for handball in the box turned down earlier in the game, but these decisions go against you when you’re near the bottom of the table.”

The defeat means Romford have now lost each of their last five matches in the league and have failed to score in the last four.

But Martin insists there were positives to take from their most recent defeat away to Canvey.

“It was another of those games for us where we played better than the previous game, worked harder and created more chances, but the luck was against us again,” he added.

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