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Martin pleased as Romford shock U's in cup

PUBLISHED: 15:00 23 October 2018

Khadean Campbell opened the scoring for Romford at Colchester United (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

Khadean Campbell opened the scoring for Romford at Colchester United (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

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Boro beat U’s in cup on Monday after loss at Dereham in league on Saturday

Paul Martin was delighted Romford overcame Colchester United in the Essex Senior Cup – but would rather have taken a win at Dereham Town in the Bostik North last Saturday.

Boro progressed to the fourth round of the county competition with a shock 2-0 win away to the U’s on Monday night thanks to goals from Khadean Campbell and Danny Jones.

The cup success came just two days after the Rookery Hill club suffered a 1-0 loss away to Dereham in the league.

It was a great response from Romford to recover from their league defeat so quickly to beat Colchester of Sky Bet League Two.

But while boss Martin was pleased to progress in the cup, he was still nonetheless frustrated with the loss away to the Magpies in the Bostik North.

“It’s great to go through to the next round, but I would have rather we got the win at Dereham on Saturday instead,” he said.

“People might say it was a young team that Colchester put out, but we also had a lot of players out there under the age of 20 so I think we were level in that sense.

“It was a deserved win for us, but it doesn’t take away from the disappointment we felt in losing at Dereham.”

Against Colchester, Romford were able to show exactly what they are capable of to cause what is likely to be one of the shocks of this season’s Essex Senior Cup.

And Martin knows had his team shown the same level of commitment at Dereham on Saturday, they may well have been reflecting on two wins in little over 48 hours.

“Monday was a gift for the boys as they got to play at a nice ground and could enjoy themselves a bit,” he added.

“If they showed the same level of hunger and desire at Dereham as they did at Colchester, then we would have won in the league too.”

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