It’s ref justice for Romford boss

PUBLISHED: 14:00 23 January 2015

Romford manager Paul Martin (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Romford manager Paul Martin (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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Martin accepts sorry from referee after mistake constituted towards weekend defeat

Eddie Hart has been in good form for Romford this season (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)Eddie Hart has been in good form for Romford this season (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Romford boss Paul Martin revealed the referee in charge of their Ryman North match at Tilbury apologised for an error in the lead up to the only goal of the game.

Boro were beaten 1-0 at Chadfields after Emiel Aiken fired home a winner in the 80th minute.

But the goal was marred in controversy as Jack Barry and Paul Clayton were talking to the referee when the Dockers took a quick free kick and scored their winning goal.

Martin and his Romford players were furious after the goal, but the manager said he is happy to move on now and admitted the defeat wasn’t just down to the mistake by the official.

“The referee admitted to me afterwards he made a mistake,” revealed Martin.

“So we have to eat a little bit of humble pie because he has been honest and fair play to him for admitting he got it wrong.

“Unfortunately it doesn’t help us now and that is typical of how our season is going.”

Martin spoke to the official after the match had concluded and the referee conceded, despite knowing he had made a mistake immediately, he couldn’t disallow the goal once he had allowed Tilbury to take the free kick quickly.

Martin added: “Clayton has given the foul away and had a little bit of an argument with the referee.

“He was saying ‘what is that for’ and the referee, as they do for some reason these days, has pulled the skipper in for conversion.

“But as he is doing that he has allowed Tilbury to take the free kick quickly and they have passed it and the lad has struck it into the top corner.

“I have two players out of position and I said to him ‘can’t you call it back?’ But he couldn’t after saying they could take it quickly, even though he realised straight away he had made a mistake.”

Although Romford were frustrated with the incident, Martin felt they could have won the game beforehand.

He also admitted following the loss that the club are now embroiled in a battle to stay in the Ryman North this year.

“Eddie Hart has missed three chances on Saturday so we can’t just blame the referee,” added Martin.

“We had chances to put them away and it was a little bit of naivety from us because we should have stood on the ball to stop them taking the free kick quickly.

“I said to the boys after the game that because of that error and bad luck we are behind enemy lines and need to fight for every point now.”

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