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Barry: It was strange to play against Romford

PUBLISHED: 10:00 13 October 2015

Jack Barry made 228 appearances for Romford and captained the club for a number of seasons (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo).

Jack Barry made 228 appearances for Romford and captained the club for a number of seasons (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo).

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Thamesmead Town midfielder reflects on 2-1 win against Boro, playing against his brother and how his old club will get on this year

Chris Barry (left) and brother Jack Barry in action for Romford during the 2010/11 season (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo).Chris Barry (left) and brother Jack Barry in action for Romford during the 2010/11 season (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo).

Former Romford captain Jack Barry was pleased to take the bragging rights on Saturday by helping his Thamesmead Town side beat his old club at Bayliss Avenue in the Ryman North, but backed Boro to do well this season.

Kwasi Marfo put the visitors ahead, but Mead hit back in the first half through Baff Addae and Ibrahim Kargbo and eventually won the match 2-1.

Romford manager Paul Martin and Jack Barry, now of Thamesmead Town, celebrate (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo).Romford manager Paul Martin and Jack Barry, now of Thamesmead Town, celebrate (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo).

Barry captained Thamesmead and played against old team mates like George Woodward, Connor Goldstone, Joe Scott as well as brother Chris Barry, who came off the bench.

The Mead midfielder was pleased to see his former manager Paul Martin too and delighted not to get too much stick from the Romford fans.

“It was very strange to play against my old club after I had been there for so long and go up against people I have played with for so long,” said Barry.

“But it was good to see everyone again including the staff at the club.

“To be honest the away fans didn’t really give me stick, I heard a few things being shouted out, but it was only banter from them and other than that the fans were great with me like they always are.”

Barry was hoping he would be able to play the full 90 minutes against his brother Chris, but the Romford man was nursing an injury.

He did come on in the 71st minute, but the two brothers are already looking forward to doing battle again in 2016.

“I was well pleased to get the bragging rights because this match has been building up between me and my brother for so long,” said the Thamesmead Barry.

“When it came it was just good to finally get to the day and get it done and thankfully I come out victorious.

“I was a bit gutted that he didn’t get longer playing time, but he was nursing an injury so that’s probably the reason.

“We are already looking ahead for the rematch on January 30 so the family have booked it in there diaries again.”

Although now part of a Thamesmead team looking to finish in the top five, he still watches out for the results of his old side.

Barry believes Romford showed at the weekend they have more than anything to cause more surprise in the division, adding: “I don’t believe they will struggle this season after their performance on Saturday.

“I think they showed enough that they will hold there own and they have some really good players to keep them away from the wrong end of the table.”

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