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Captain Barry hails win at Chatham

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Romford captain Jack Barry hailed his side’s efforts in their 2-0 win at Ryman One North rivals Chatham.

It was only Boro’s second game in almost six weeks, following a spate of postponements for waterlogged pitches, and came on the back of a home defeat to Harlow in midweek.

But goals in each half secured the points to help Paul Martin’s men climb away from the bottom four.

Barry said: “It was a very strong performance on an awful playing surface.

“It wasn’t the best of footballing games I’ve played in but I think that was down to the state of the pitch.

“But we didn’t have a good first half and so to go a goal up in the first half gave us a massive boost and gave us something to protect.

“We came out second half and I thought we dominated from start to finish and deserved all three points.”

There was some debate as to who scored Romford’s first goal on the stroke of half-time, but no doubt about Ryan Imbert’s second just past the hour.

Nick Reynolds was originally named as opening the scoring, but then Tom Richardson was credited with the strike.

However, it turned out that club record appearance holder Paul Clayton has genuine claims to the goal and appeared to have been ‘given’ it by Richardson during an exchange on Twitter last night.

Barry added: “I think Tom’s goal took a slight deflection of the way through off Clayton, so they were both arguing in the changing room after!

“If it hit Clayton, it was going in anyway, but I will let them argue that one out!

“The second goal from Ryan, I don’t think any keeper would have got near that. He hit it so sweetly into the top corner.”

Another plus for Boro was the sight of manager Paul Martin back in action.

Martin had completed a five-game ban in midweek, which had been handed down by the FA in November and dragged out due to Romford’s lack of action. since mid-December.

Barry said: “It was great to get Magic back in the changing room after what must have felt for him like the world’s longest ban!

“It’s always important to have your manager in there telling you what he thinks so that’s a massive bonus as well to have him back in the mix with us.”

Boro are set to take on landlords Thurrock at Ship Lane on Tuesday and Barry is hoping the weather is kinder, otherwise he acknowledges they could face a fixture pile-up this spring.

He said: “The game against Thurrock could be in doubt now after the rain we’ve just had, so we’re hoping for a couple of sunny days until Tuesday.

“Hopefully that can go ahead. We can’t keep missing games otherwise we will be playing three games a week.”

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