Romford manager Martin picks out positives in Velocity Trophy defeat
PUBLISHED: 11:00 14 December 2017
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Romford boss Paul Martin is looking at the positives despite crashing out of the third round of the Velocity Trophy to Bostik Premier Division high-flyers Metropolitan Police.
Carlos Djalo and Connor Hammond both netted in their 4-2 defeat but it wasn’t enough for them to disturb the peace amongst the Police and bag them a place in the quarter-finals at Imbers Court on Tuesday evening.
“Jimmy Cooper is a really good pal of mine and he paid a lot of respect to us and said we played the better football than they did in the second-half,” Martin said.
“It just goes to show that the positives are coming and the confidence is coming, it’s just when that league win is going to come.”
Boro had to make the trip with only four substitutes including the manager himself and coach Mark Lord named on the bench.
“At one point Lordy and I might have had to start because of the travelling to get there and the traffic,” he said.
“We had like eight players at like twenty to eight and the referee didn’t want to put the game back twenty minute, so we were kitted up and warming up, and then our boys turned up and we managed to get them out and the game kicked off about five minutes late.”
Martin believes his depleted squad put on a good effort especially because of the circumstances for the match.
“In general, it was good to score two goals against a Bostik Premier team, but it was the same old scenario that we leaked sloppy goals and gift the other team’s goals.
“We played a good team, who are very organised and well drilled, and we have sort of taken a team down there who are bit part players.
“We pulled a couple in to have a look at them and didn’t have some others available.
“The two new boys were cup tied so 4-2 is not an embarrassing result considering, no disrespect on my players, but the sort of squad we had to take down there.
“General errors cost us, but we scored a couple good goals, so there are positives.”
Romford were boosted by the return of Connor Hammond who got straight back on the score sheet.
“He’s only had one or two training sessions but coming on and getting through 90 minutes.
“I don’t know whether he can walk now for probably three days but we tried to keep him on for as long as possible.
“He looked like he wanted to come off, but we’d already made two subs and Lordy and I certainly didn’t want to come on.”
The long-serving boss also revealed he’s disappointed in the way Hertford Town dealt with the postponement of their match on Saturday.
“It’s very much frustrating, especially travelling all that way and the referee deciding one of the goal mouths is frozen and called it off.
“We’re a little bit annoyed with Hertford as they’ve not got anyone over their earlier to call a pitch inspection.
“When you’re travelling for no money and no petrol, it’s a waste of time.”