Romford boss wants FA Cup run

PUBLISHED: 12:00 29 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: Prize money vital to club

Romford boss Paul Martin hopes to play the first of many FA Cup matches this season at St Margaretsbury tomorrow (Saturday) as he targets a good cup run to bring much needed cash into the club.

Boro rely heavily on prize money earned from cup competitions and Martin admits he would take a lengthy run in the FA Cup over Ryman One North success to ensure they can carry on for the next few seasons.

Martin’s men lost to Grays in the first qualifying round last season, but are hoping for much better this time around.

“We need to be up for the FA Cup,” said Martin. “I don’t know too much about them, but we played St Margaretsbury a few years back in the Trophy when I first took over.

“It is always a massive bonus to take money from the cup games. If we can beat them then it will be £1,950.

“I could say I would take finishing around fifth or sixth from bottom if we reached the first round of the FA Cup because the money could fund us for another two or three seasons.

“That may sound a little embarrassing, but everyone knows how much of a struggle it is to keep us going so we need to get our heads right and take the bull by the horns.”

Martin is hoping the FA Cup can provide Romford with a tonic after a poor Bank Holiday weekend saw them snatch defeat from the jaws of victory at Maldon on Saturday, before slumping to a 3-0 home reverse against basement boys Great Wakering on Monday.

He added: “The FA Cup is massive and confidence needs to come from somewhere, so hopefully we can get it from that.

“At the moment everyone’s heads are down and I need to get them up. I need to make sure I choose the right personnel as well because I am giving people chances and they aren’t delivering.”

Romford lost at Maldon after conceding two late goals – as they had at Waltham Abbey – but were outplayed by Great Wakering at Ship Lane.

The double defeat left Martin annoyed with their current position in the table and he 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 (Waltham Abbey and Maldon) we only have six points and are 17th.”

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