Barry buzzing for Romford return
PUBLISHED: 13:06 10 March 2015 | UPDATED: 13:06 10 March 2015
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Boro captain completes three-match suspension
Romford captain Jack Barry is champing at the bit to get back on the pitch after completing a three-match suspension.
Barry, sent off in the 2-2 draw with Thurrock in early February, looked on as Boro beat Chatham 3-1 on Saturday for three vital points in their battle to avoid the drop from Ryman North.
And he is already looking forward to rejoining the matchday squad for the weekend’s meeting with former landlords Aveley at Mill Field.
He said: “The suspension is over now, finally! It feels like I haven’t played a match in months and I am buzzing to get back on that pitch to help the boys and get ourselves out of trouble.
“I’m well up for that fight. I think I have kicked and headed every ball while watching from the stands, so to get back out on the pitch on Saturday is something I’m really looking forward to.
“And for my first game back to be in a derby what more could I ask for? It should be a great game to come back in to.”
Boro had only won once in 2015, at Thamesmead in early January, but took the lead against Chahtam through stand-in skipper Abs Seymour.
Loui Hazelwood doubled their advantage soon after, but the visitors hit back from the penalty spot early in the second half.
Nick Reynolds came off the bench to net a late third for Boro to seal victory, but Barry admitted it was not their best display of the season.
He added: “It was a great result for us obviously and it was a result that has been coming from us, but to be honest it was probably one of our not so good performances that we have put in the last few weeks.
“We didn’t play that great and won, so I will take that. We knew how important it was to get the points because Chatham are not so far in front of us.
“We have a couple of games in hand over them, so to take three points off them gets us even close to them now.”
Boro boss Paul Martin handed debuts to Luke McLeavy, who has been on loan at Essex Senior League side Ilford, and Jamie Byrne and Barry paid his own tribute to his team-mates.
He said: “Regardless of the performance all the boys dug in for each other and really worked hard.
“Hopefully this will give us that bit of extra confidence, knowing we can get ourselves out of trouble if we all pull together and concentrate for the full 90 minutes.”
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