FA Cup: Romford boss Paul Martin disappointed first qualifying round tie at home to Hornchurch was not picked for live coverage

PUBLISHED: 16:00 01 September 2017

Olakula Giwa of Romford tries to shrug off Hornchurch defender Nathan Cooper (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

Olakula Giwa of Romford tries to shrug off Hornchurch defender Nathan Cooper (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

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BBC are showing one game live from each qualifying round this season, but Havering derby was overlooked

Manager Paul Martin reckons Romford’s FA Cup first qualifying round tie at home to Havering rivals Hornchurch on Sunday should have been picked for live coverage.

During this year’s competition, one match from each qualifying round is being broadcast live by the BBC, both on their website and through their Red Button service.

For the first qualifying round, the BBC have opted to show big-spending Bostik Premier leaders Billericay Town host Didcot Town of the Southern League South & West.

But Martin believes the spotlight should have instead been put on the clash between Bostik North rivals Boro and Urchins.

“I’m a little disappointed that we’re not the live game being shown because it’s a derby and I thought it should have been us,” said the Romford manager.

“Putting that aside, it does not matter who we are facing in any round of the cup, the aim is always to win and get more money into the club.”

Had the game been shown live, there is a chance it could have decreased the attendance at Ship Lane.

However, with the game due to take place on Sunday – owing to Romford’s landlords Thurrock also being in FA Cup action on Saturday – there could be a bumper crowd.

And while Martin would be happy with any increase in attendance, he would rather they turned up for league games rather than a cup tie, purely from a financial point of view.

“Both teams have to split the gate in the cup so we won’t earn as much if the crowd is good than we would for a league game, but hopefully there a lot coming to watch,” he added.

“If we are unable to win, then the main thing is to take them to a replay so we that we can split the gate again from another match.”

Romford lost 4-1 to Hornchurch in the league on Monday, but could welcome back some key players for the cup tie.

Both keeper Michael Gooch and all-time leading scorer Nick Reynolds missed the defeat, but Martin confirmed they would be back this weekend.

“Michael and Nick will be back, but it will be tough for them to get back in,” said the Romford boss.

“Stephen Reynolds did well in goal while Michael was away, while Chris Taylor netted in Nick’s absence.”

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