Romford chairman praises players

PUBLISHED: 13:00 28 September 2014

Romford chairman Steve Gardener (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Romford chairman Steve Gardener (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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Gardener delighted to be in cup draw

Romford chairman Steve Gardener paid tribute to his players after their FA Cup stalemate with Kingstonian.

Ryman North Boro held Premier Division K’s to a goalless draw at Ship Lane, but saw the visitors hit the woodwork three times during the course of their second qualifying round tie.

Nonetheless, Paul Martin’s men will go into the hat for tomorrow’s draw for the next round and Gardener said: “I thought we did very well. We got at them in the first 20 minutes, we played hard and we played physical.

“It’s something Magic said we had to do when we play the Ryman Premier teams. You’ve got to get at them.

“They didn’t score against us, we didn’t score either, but we’re still in the draw and we’ll go to Kingtonian, fancy our chances there and hopefully it will be a big crowd as well.”

The winners of tomorrow’s replay will collect £4,500 in prize money, with the chance to add a further £7,500 if successful in the third qualifying round.

But Gardener was trying not to get carried away with thoughts of that just yet, with a tough replay to come at Kingsmeadow.

He added: ““When you get to this level there are no easy teams, so there’s no point in hoping you’re going to get someone who is going to be easy to play because no-one’s easy.

“But I think you’re looking for a bit of glory and a big pay-day so Maidstone United away would be nice!

“We’ve got a very tough tie first. We’ve got to go to Kingstonian and do it all again and we’ll have to play as well as that to beat them. They are a good side.”

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