Martin demands better display from Romford in FA Cup tie
PUBLISHED: 15:00 07 September 2018
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Boro suffered a 3-0 loss at Barking in the Bostik North last weekend — their first league defeat of the season
Paul Martin says he is looking for a response from Romford when they welcome Kettering Town in the FA Cup first qualifying round on Sunday.
Boro suffered a first league defeat of the season on their previous outing, going down 3-0 at Barking in the Bostik North last Saturday.
Manager Martin says he was disappointed with the performance from Romford in defeat and has challenged his side to give a better account of themselves this weekend.
But against a Poppies outfit already five points clear at the top of the Evo-Stik South Premier Central, a tier above the Bostik North, the Boro boss admits his charges face a difficult afternoon.
“Kettering are in good form and have only conceded three all season, so we know we’re going to have to play to a high level if we’re even going to take it to a replay,” he said.
“It’s a cup game and as the cliché goes, anything can happen. All I ask is that the boys give me 100 per cent and I’ll be upset if I don’t get that.
“We had strong words after the defeat at Barking last Saturday, so now we have to refocus.”
Having been in the fifth tier of English football as recently as the 2011-12 season, Kettering are backed by a strong following.
Martin hopes the Poppies bring a large number of fans with them on Sunday to swell the gate money, with £6,000 also on offer in prize money to winners of ties in the first qualifying round.
But the Romford boss also hopes there are plenty of fans who live closer to their Rookery Hill base that turn up to watch Sunday’s tie.
“It is a bonus that Kettering have a good following, but you have to split the gate with the opposition and there are other expenses too,” he added.
“I’m hoping we get good support from local football fans too with the game being on a Sunday and hopefully they can all get behind us.”