Martin ready to face former Romford skipper
PUBLISHED: 15:00 09 October 2015
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Boro come up against Jack Barry and Thamesmead this weekend
Romford will come up against a familiar face when they travel to Thamesmead Town in Ryman North tomorrow.
Former Boro captain Jack Barry left Ship Lane in the summer to move south of the river and sign for the Mead.
Barry is part of a Thamesmead team that is currently riding high in the league in fifth place with just one loss in their last five matches.
Romford boss Paul Martin says it will be nice to see his former skipper this weekend, but he hopes Barry is not smiling at the full time whistle.
“It’s good to see Jack and we keep in touch, but hopefully by the full time whistle I’ll be having a bit of banter with him after a Romford win,” he said.
“We still have his brother Chris, who’s currently nursing a bit of an injury, but he’s itching to play and wants family bragging rights!”
Romford will certainly have no fear ahead of the trip to Bayliss Avenue having recorded good results against teams near the top of the Ryman North table.
Boro have beaten local rivals Hornchurch and taken points from Harlow Town and Aveley this season.
And Martin attributes their form against the bigger teams to a few tactical tweaks he has been implementing in the squad.
“We seem to have a formation that is working well against the big boys so I hope it does the job again at the weekend,” he added. “We’ve done well against some of the better sides in this division so far, so we know we are capable of beating anybody.
“We just have to make sure we turn up. We also need the rub of the green and make sure we take our chances. All you need is one to win a game.
“Hopefully we can start to steady our results a bit now and plough on for the rest of the season.”
One man Martin will count on to pose an attacking threat going forward is recent signing Chinedu McKenzie, who has joined from Phoenix Sports.
The frontman was impressive in Boro’s 3-2 home win in the FA Trophy preliminary round against North Greenford United.
McKenzie scored the first two goals for the hosts with a quickfire first-half double, before United pulled one back.
Romford moved further clear through Nick Reynolds and although Greenford scored again six minutes from time, Martin’s men progressed to a home tie against Slough later this month.
And after seeing McKenzie make such an impact in the first few weeks of his Boro career, Martin is excited to see what he can do over the coming weeks.
“It’s a shock that we managed to sign him, if I’m honest,” said Martin. “He wasn’t getting much game time at Phoenix.
“We told him he wouldn’t get paid and he said all he wanted to do was play, so we were happy to sign him.
“He wants to enjoy his time at the club and if he continues to find the net, then I’m sure he will.”
More strikes from McKenzie this weekend will certainly ensure it is the Romford Barry that ends the game at Thamesmead the happier of the brothers.