Martin sad as Romford bow out of FA Cup

PUBLISHED: 18:00 10 September 2018 | UPDATED: 16:36 11 September 2018

Nick Reynolds of Romford is denied by Paul White of Kettering Town (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Nick Reynolds of Romford is denied by Paul White of Kettering Town (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Boro beaten 4-1 by Poppies in first qualifying round at Rookery Hill on Sunday

Romford manager Paul Martin was left to reflect on what might have been after losing 4-1 at home to Kettering Town in the FA Cup first qualifying round.

Boro took on a Poppies side playing in the tier above in the Evo-Stik South Premier Central and kept the visitors out during the first half at Rookery Hill.

Less than a minute into the second half, though, Marcus Hill’s men took the lead through Brett Solkon.

Kurt Smith drew Martin’s men level six minutes later, before Kettering regained the lead when Solkon scored from the spot in the 55th minute.

Rhys Hoenes then sealed the triumph for Town when netting a brace, his first coming in the 65th minute and the second arriving two minutes later.

It was a brave display from Romford in defeat and Martin was content with his side’s display against a Poppies outfit who have won every competitive game they’ve played this term.

“We knew it would be tough given the form Kettering were in and how they’ve started the season,” said Martin.

“We had a plan to hold them and frustrate them in the first half, which we were able to do.

“We said to the boys at half-time to have a go in the second-half, but unfortunately that led to us losing our shape in certain areas because we’re a young team.”

Boro had done well to respond to the blow of conceding the opener early in the second half, with Smith’s leveller getting them back in the game.

However, giving away a penalty so soon after drawing level will no doubt have hit Boro’s confidence in the game.

Martin would not be drawn on whether the spot kick was a turning, but did admit to his frustrating at conceding a spot kick so soon after equalising.

“The key for us going forward is that we need to make sure we concentrate for 90 minutes,” he added.

“Cosso (Dan Cossington) is consistently brilliant for us week in, week out, but he made a mistake and in trying to recover, he gives away a penalty.

“The third was disappointing too as we were caught ball-watching, and from there we just tried to stop them scoring any more.”

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