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Captain Jack set for Romford reunion

PUBLISHED: 16:00 29 January 2016 | UPDATED: 16:14 29 January 2016

Jack Barry, now of Thamesmead Town, will be playing against Romford this weekend (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO).

Jack Barry, now of Thamesmead Town, will be playing against Romford this weekend (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO).

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Thamesmead Town travel to Ship Lane this weekend and they'll have a familar face in their squad

Former Romford captain Jack Barry embraces with current Boro boss Paul Martin after being substituted (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO).Former Romford captain Jack Barry embraces with current Boro boss Paul Martin after being substituted (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO).

Former Romford captain Jack Barry is hoping Saturday’s match against his former club isn’t as weird as the previous meeting back in October.

Thamesmead Town make the trip over the Dartford Crossing to take on Paul Martin’s Boro at Ship Lane this weekend in the Ryman North.

It will see Barry return to his old stomping ground and he is looking forward to catching up with everybody at his former club.

The last clash on October 10 resulted in Mead winning 2-1 at Bayliss Avenue despite Romford taking an early lead through Akwasi Marfo.

Barry said:That experience was very weird to be honest and it is something I hadn’t had before, but after about 10 minutes of the game I settled down and realised there was a job to do.

“It didn’t start well for us as we went a goal behind with just eight played, but we ended up pulling it back and getting the job done.

“It will be good to catch up with the Romford fans on Saturday, they have always been right behind me when I was playing there and on the odd occasion I see some of them out and about, I still have a quick chat.”

The former Boro favourite admits he is constantly following the progress of his old side and was full of praise for Martin.

He is looking forward to seeing some of ex-team mates but is remaining focused on the job at hand for Thamesmead.

While Romford are looking to move up the standings into a mid-table position, Mead are eyeing up a late run to make the top five.

Barry added: “Three points is a must for us as we are pushing for the play-offs still so we need to stamp our authority on the game right from the start until the final whistle goes.

“I am happy to see Romford doing okay and hopefully they can still put more points on the board after Saturday. In this league everybody can beat everybody so it is pretty tight down there, but they have more than enough good players to keep them away from the drop.

“I still follow their progress and see they have added to their squad, which is looking strong. Magic does a good job of bringing players to the club.

“Some of my old team mates had left and now returned so it will be good to catch up with them and always good to see the management team over there because they were always so supportive of me when I was at Romford and I still speak to them now.”

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