Lord: It won’t be pretty

PUBLISHED: 11:15 25 March 2015

Mark Lord of Romford (pic: Mick Kearns/TGSPHOTO)

Mark Lord of Romford (pic: Mick Kearns/TGSPHOTO)

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Romford assistant boss Mark Lord not expecting a match for the purists against Barkingside

Romford assistant manager Mark Lord believes Wednesday’s match with Barkingside will develop into a true relegation six-pointer.

Boro are currently 21st in the Ryman North Divsion with Side directly below them in the final relegation spot.

A win for the midweek visitors to Ship Lane would see Romford replace them in the drop zone and Lord believes the importance of the fixture could affect the style of play.

“Barkingside are going to come here and put up a fight. We don’t expect them to roll over,” said Lord.

“They’ll be up for a battle . It’s not going to be a pretty game. The position of both sides dictates that it’s going to be a gritty game.

“I’d like to see nice football being played but I’m not expecting it. Both sides will put up a brave fight.”

Romford’s weekend loss to Heybridge Swifts was their first loss in four matches and the recent upturn in form has lifted them away from the bottom of the table.

Lord hopes the players can keep giving it everything in the fight to stay up even if they are not at the club next season.

“The players might move on but the management staff will all still be here, myself and Paul Martin included,” added Lord.

“They owe it to Paul to ensure they keep us in the league. We don’t want to be watching Essex Senior League next year.”

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