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Barry hails battling display at Sudbury

PUBLISHED: 14:00 27 February 2015

Romford's Jack Barry watches on from the terraces (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Romford's Jack Barry watches on from the terraces (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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Romford skipper discusses 3-0 defeat and changes to the squad

Nathan Cooper of Romford heads the ball at Sudbury (pic: Mick Kearns/TGSPHOTO)Nathan Cooper of Romford heads the ball at Sudbury (pic: Mick Kearns/TGSPHOTO)

Romford captain Jack Barry had to miss last weekend’s 3-0 defeat to AFC Sudbury in Ryman North through suspension, but praised his team-mates despite the loss.

The Boro skipper insisted the scoreline flattered the Suffolk outfit and conceded missed opportunities prevented Paul Martin’s team recording a result.

Nick Reynolds in action for Romford at Sudbury (pic: Mick Kearns/TGSPHOTO)Nick Reynolds in action for Romford at Sudbury (pic: Mick Kearns/TGSPHOTO)

The hosts scored three times after the break as Romford’s depleted squad failed to build on an encouraging first-half display.

“We didn’t want that result and we can’t do anything about it now, but the performance we put in was a positive,” said Barry.

Abs Seymour of Romford challenges for the ball at Sudbury (pic: Mick Kearns/TGSPHOTO)Abs Seymour of Romford challenges for the ball at Sudbury (pic: Mick Kearns/TGSPHOTO)

“The pitch was like a beach. My brother Chris Barry is a fit boy, but even he was struggling.

“The first half was encouraging and second half we run out of legs, but that was to be expected.

“I think the scoreline flattered them because we started really well and we were the better team.”

Nick Reynolds hit the post in the first half for Boro and Barry admitted that was a crucial moment in the match.

Joe Ewenson and Jack Grant came into the starting line-up at Sudbury as well and Romford’s captain praised the pair.

He added: “Jack played well in the first half before he was a bit quiet in the second half.

“He took his time to get into it after not playing for a little while, but he did well.

“It was the first time I’ve seen Joe play and he played out wide, but he was really good actually. I thought he played well.

“We had chances and Nick hit the inside of the post. I was already up celebrating when Nick’s header went over the keeper, but it hit the post and bounced straight back to their keeper and not to Nick and that is our luck at the moment.”

Romford lost another player last week when Tyler Hayes departed Ship Lane, but Barry wasn’t surprised.

George Cocklin, Reece Tranter and Tom Richardson have left over the past few months, whilst Paul Clayton decided to retire recently.

Barry added: “Tyler is close mates with George Cocklin and once he went to Heybridge Swifts it was expected.

“I don’t hold anything against him. Tyler is a nice lad and I wish him all the best.


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