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Romford boss Martin frustrated by lack of luck

PUBLISHED: 18:27 25 November 2013 | UPDATED: 18:27 25 November 2013

Frustration for Romford manager Paul Martin on Saturday. Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO

Frustration for Romford manager Paul Martin on Saturday. Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO

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Romford were beaten 2-1 by AFC Sudbury at the weekend despite taking the lead in the third minute thanks to Ryan Imbert’s second goal of the season.

Manager Paul Martin thought his side’s baron run might be coming to an end but two first half goals from the visitors consigned Boro to another defeat to leave them perilously close to the relegation places.

The Romford manager said: “It is frustrating and I have said to people I just can’t wait for November to be out the way now. All the games seem to be close ones but they are not going our way.

“Sometimes you can score too early but we went into the game really positive and we scored and I was thinking ‘is it going to be our day?’ but we just aren’t getting that luck at the minute.

“Their second was a shot from the edge of the area from a corner and it must have gone through five or six players and then it hit one post and hit the other and has gone in.

“It is a hard time at the moment but I’ve got to stay positive.”

Trailing at half time it might have been expected that Romford would chuck the kitchen sink at Sudbury but the visitors demonstrated how to close a game out perfectly.

It left Martin pondering what might have been for his team.

“What they did second half is what we should probably be doing. They killed the game, slowed it down and took their time but we would probably be going for a third.

“Although we did have two or three good chances in the first half that we should have taken, we would have been 3-1 up really with a bit of luck.”

A positive was the return to first team football for captain Jack Barry following his broken leg.

He completed an hour and will be crucial for Romford if they are to get out of their current form soon.

“I just need to stay positive and believe we will come out of this,” said Martin.

“Jack Barry come in which is a positive. He was a bit rusty round the edges but it was worth throwing him in because he is our skipper.

“He was blowing by 60 minutes but he needs games to get back to his best and it was good to have him back.”


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