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Romford boss ‘proved right’

PUBLISHED: 12:09 26 August 2014 | UPDATED: 12:09 26 August 2014

Romford manager Paul Martin is seeking FA Cup victory (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Romford manager Paul Martin is seeking FA Cup victory (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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Martin’s warning falls on deaf ears

Aaron Omand of Romford punches clear to deny a Great Wakering attack (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)Aaron Omand of Romford punches clear to deny a Great Wakering attack (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Romford manager Paul Martin revealed his half-time warning went unheeded as his side slumped to a home defeat against Ryman One North basement boys Great Wakering yesterday.

Martin told his team they could lose heavily and was proved right as they suffered a disappointing 3-0 defeat at Ship Lane.

Boro had trailed 1-0 at the break and despite Martin pointing out to his side that they needed to improve in the second period, a response wasn’t forthcoming.

It left the Romford boss frustrated, but he praised opponents Wakering, who came into the match pointless from their first five league fixtures following promotion.

Tom Richardson in action for Romford against Great Wakering Rovers (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)Tom Richardson in action for Romford against Great Wakering Rovers (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Martin said: “Yes I was frustrated and obviously by the mentality of it.

“I said in the Recorder last week that Great Wakering haven’t been getting beat too bad and that a good result would come for them and unfortunately it has come against us.

“They played us off the park so I haven’t got any queries about the result. First half we were a bit slow to get out of the blocks and they had some chances, we hit the post and then they’ve got their first and come in at half-time one goal up.

“At half time I said to the boys if you carry on playing like that you’ll lose 3-0 or 4-0 and I was right.”

Romford were without influential duo Ryan Imbert and Abs Seymour due to family commitments and they were sorely missed.

Imbert has five goals in five games this season, while Seymour is always a dominating presence in midfield and Martin was disappointed that the rest of his squad couldn’t compensate for the pair.

He also bemoaned Romford’s sloppiness against Waltham Abbey and Maldon in recent weeks, games where Boro were ahead until the closing minutes before falling to 2-1 defeats.

“I was missing Ryan Imbert and Abs Seymour against Great Wakering, two of my most influential players and the rest of my squad hasn’t done it for me,” Martin added.

“Great Wakering completely deserved their result and we need to make sure we bounce back now.

“Before the Great Wakering game we should have had 12 points and been sat third in the league, but because we chucked two games away we only have six points and are 17th.”

Romford turn their attentions to the FA Cup preliminary round at the weekend, when they will visit Halstead Town or St Margaretsbury, who meet in a replay tonight.

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