Romford boss Martin laments offside decision

PUBLISHED: 13:00 04 December 2017

Romford manager Paul Martin shows his frustration (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Romford manager Paul Martin shows his frustration (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Romford manager Paul Martin stated it was beyond him as to why his team had a goal disallowed in their defeat to Waltham Abbey on Saturday.

Boro were disallowed an equalising goal midway through the first half as centre forward Chris Taylor was flagged offside seconds before Harry Daly put the ball in the net.

It was adjudged that Taylor had interfered with play despite the ball sailing over his head and the decision left home fans and Martin furious.

“He put his flag up, knew he’d made the wrong decision, put his flag back down, the ball’s gone in the back of the net and he’s put his flag back up and given the offside for our number nine interfering with play,” moaned Martin.

“How can he be interfering with play when the ball’s travelled 40 yards over your head is beyond me?”

The decision was made even more devastating for Romford just three minutes later when Abbey made it 2-0.

And that was a factor that wasn’t lost on the Boro manager.

“I’ve obviously questioned him about that decision because if that goal goes in its 1-1. I think about four minutes later it’s 2-0 and an uphill battle”.

Abbey had taken the lead at Ship Lane when Nathan Koranteng slammed past new Boro stopper Inam Kharel.

The offside controversy and the visitor’s second goal followed later in the first half.

Substitute Craig Jeakins pulled one back seven minutes from time for the home side, but it wasn’t enough to see Boro claim a point.

Despite his despair at the officiating Martin was reluctant to blame the officials for his team’s defeat.

“They’ve had two good chances, took their chances. We’ve had three and took one, so at the end of the day we can’t keep blaming the officials for results,” he added.

The 2-1 defeat at Ship Lane keeps Romford rooted to the bottom of the Bostik North table, four points adrift of Norwich United with a game in hand.

Boro return to action next Saturday with a trip to Hertford Town.

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