League is more important despite pleasing cup run says Romford boss Martin

PUBLISHED: 14:00 22 November 2018

Khadean Campbell scored against Bowers & Pitsea (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

Khadean Campbell scored against Bowers & Pitsea (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

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Romford boss Paul Martin is pleased with Essex Senior Cup run but insists the league is more important to the club.

Boro booked a place in the quarter-finals of the Essex Senior Cup with a penalty shoot-out win over Bostik North leaders Bowers on Tuesday night.

Martin’s men upset the form book to shock their hosts and become the first team into the last eight of this year’s competition thanks to an equaliser from Khadean Campbell In the 16th minute after David Knight opened the scoring in the third minute.

They then sealed their progress with a 4-2 penalty shoot-out victory to put their 2-1 defeat to Mildenhall Town in the league a few days earlier behind them.

“League points are more important than the cup in my opinion,” Martin said.

“I wouldn’t be saying that if there was money in the cup.

“The frustrating thing is we’ve won two cup games away from home but we can’t win a league game away from home.

“If we look back at Saturday’s match against Mildenhall, it was diabolical, travel all that way and not one player turned up on the day so that’s an embarrassment to me and to the club.

“They got some stern words thrown at them at half-time from Lordy (Mark Lord) and I, then they did play a lot better second-half, but didn’t take our chances and still lost the game.”

Romford made it into the semi-finals of the cup competition last term before crashing out to eventual winners Billericay Town.

“The cup games are extra games to give people a run out and see what else you can tinkle with.

“Obviously winning on penalties is very rare for us and we’re into the next round of the draw, so that is pleasing.

“We got to the semi-finals last year and now we’re in the quarter-finals this year.”

He was also pleased with the football they played at the Len Salmon Stadium against the league leaders.

“We played some good football, sloppy mistake in the first few minutes, and then we got it back to level terms.”


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