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Romford ready for Ryman return

PUBLISHED: 12:00 08 August 2014

Jack Barry in action for Romford in pre-season against Saffron Walden Town (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Jack Barry in action for Romford in pre-season against Saffron Walden Town (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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Captain Barry excited by new challenge

Romford captain Jack Barry says the 2014/15 season has come around quick, with Boro set to host Ryman One North rivals Burnham at Ship Lane tomorrow (Saturday).

Paul Martin’s men visit Harlow on Tuesday, having finished last term in 11th place with 68 points.

And Barry says they are looking forward to beginnnig a new campaign, saying: “It feels like last season has only just finished! It has come around quick.

“Pre-season has gone well, not fantastic. It could have been better, like getting a couple more wins, but it’s all about fitness, it’s not really about the result.

“It’s always nice to get a win, but we have had a couple of tough games under our belt which is good just before the season and everybody is just waiting for Saturday now and ready to start playing for points, that’s when the games really matter.”

Romford beat Burnham 2-0 in the corresponding fixture last season, but Ramblers will arrive under new boss Bertie Brayley, the former West Ham and Hornchurch striker.

And Barry expects a tough test at Harlow, where his side were edged out by a lone goal last term.

He added: “Burnham will obviously be a tough game, the first game always is. I know they have a new manager now so they will want to impress him, but we will do everything to stop that.

“Harlow on Tuesday will again be as hard as Saturday’s game will be. We all know how good a team they are and I’m sure they will be one of the teams looking to make a statement early on as title contenders, but we will be there to make sure that doesn’t happen.”

Martin has kept the majority of his squad together from last season, with long-serving Paul Clayton and Alex Goldstone now acting as his assistants following the retirement of Mark Lord.

And the likes of Davis Boateng, Nathan Cooper, Paul Preston, Miguel Lopes Dematos, Sam Kemp, Scott Beard and Archie Barnes have all featured during pre-season in a bid to join the playing staff.

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