Romford underdogs can be cup kings says boss Martin

PUBLISHED: 12:00 26 September 2014

Romford manager Paul Martin praised his team after their cup clash with Kingstonian (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Romford manager Paul Martin praised his team after their cup clash with Kingstonian (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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Kingstonian come to Ship Lane for FA Cup clash

Romford manager Paul Martin says he is relishing the prospect of facing Ryman Premier outfit Kingstonian in the second qualifying round of the FA Cup this weekend and is looking for his side to use their tag as underdogs to their advantage.

Boro were not backed to beat Bury Town, another Ryman Premier team, in the previous round, but did so thanks to a single goal from Jamie Dicks.

And Martin is hoping they can take confidence from that result and spring another cup surprise at Ship Lane tomorrow (Saturday).

“We are underdogs and it is horrible playing the underdogs because it can be an upset,” said Martin.

“Bury should have beaten us, they are a league above and I know they are not doing well, but they were 20-odd places higher than us.

“I am happy to be the underdog because if we get beat no one will say ‘you should have won that match’, but if we win we will be the talk of the town!”

Martin hopes his team can enjoy the day and a great crowd can be expected at Ship Lane.

The Romford boss has not been able to scout the K’s himself, but has spoken to people about their rivals, adding: “Anything can happen and if we get through I will be buzzing.

“You have just got to take the day and enjoy it. You don’t know what is going to happen in the FA Cup, but I have got a run-down from someone I know.

“Kingstonian are a really strong, quick side who are powerful in the air.”

Martin is confident his players will be fired up for the match and would love them to go out and win the £4,500 prize money on offer.

He added: “Let’s hope we get a bit of luck from the referee, a bit of luck from the woodwork and hopefully we get a chance.

“I’ve got to try and make sure we give it a good go and I’m sure my boys will on the day.”

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