Romford boss Martin not overly upset with Velocity Trophy exit

PUBLISHED: 09:00 23 August 2018

Romford manager Paul Martin (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Romford manager Paul Martin (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Boro beaten on penalties at Ware on Tuesday night

Romford manager Paul Martin was not overly disappointed to exit the Velocity Trophy after suffering a penalty shootout loss following a 3-3 draw at Ware in the first round.

Boro took the lead three times in the match with Jonathan Nzengo scoring a brace and Taylor Tombides also netting, but the Blues were able to haul themselves level every time.

With the game heading to spot kicks, Martin’s men were beaten 5-4 on penalties to exit the cup, but the Romford boss was not too disappointed.

“We didn’t take it all that seriously because of the FA Cup match this weekend,” said Martin.

“I made a few changes to rest boys for the weekend and I said to those that were playing to enjoy the game and make sure they don’t pick up an injury.

“In the end, it was a good game and we were 30 seconds from going through, which would have been nice as it would have meant another match in which we could have given minutes to players that may have needed them.”

The defeat to Ware followed a 1-1 draw at Bury Town in the Bostik North on Saturday.

Chris Taylor had put Boro ahead on the stroke of half time, but Town drew level six minutes from time through Tanner Call.

The Rookery Hill club had what would have been a late winner ruled out, but Martin was content on the whole to see Romford continue their unbeaten start to the new term.

“From our first two months last season, we only collected seven points, so I’m pleased to have four from two games this time,” he added.

“We could have been two up early in the second half, but we missed a good chance and when you do that, sometimes you get punished.

“The disallowed goal, if the referee had played advantage like he should have, it would have stood.

“Credit it to him, he apologised for it after the game, but those two points we didn’t get could make a big difference at the end of the season.”

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