Reynolds relishing Romford battle
PUBLISHED: 12:30 27 February 2015
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Striker backing Boro to survive
Nick Reynolds is sure Romford can avoid relegation and remain in the Ryman League.
A 3-0 defeat at Sudbury last weekend left Boro in the bottom three and they are now three points adrift of safety after Barkingside’s shock win at play-off chasing Dereham in midweek.
But Reynolds, who stood in as captain in the absence of the suspended Jack Barry in Suffolk and hit the post in the first half, felt the latest loss was harsh on his side.
He said: “Saturday was a bit of a killer for me as I was given the armband, but couldn’t lead to boys to victory!
“I thought we were on top in the first half and were very unlucky to go in at half time with it still 0-0.
“The second half started well for us, but we switched off expecting a foul which led to their first goal. From them on we were chasing the game and got caught on the break twice
“Saying that you can’t fault the effort of our boys. We worked so hard, but we are just not getting the rub of the green lately. We’re going to have to knuckle down and make our own luck.”
Romford’s cause in recent weeks has not been helped by the departures of several players.
Tom Richardson left for rivals Brentwood, while Matt Toms joined Cheshunt, and they have been followed out of the exit door by George Cocklin, Tyler Hayes, Reece Tranter and club record appearance holder Paul Clayton.
Long-serving Reynolds – who played as an emergency goalkeeper in a 2-2 draw with Brightlingsea last month – admits it has been a wrench to see his team-mates leave, adding: “I’ve been gutted with the departures lately as I feel we have lost a few good players, especially Tom Richardson and Matty Toms.
“We’ve been playing together for a long time now and I will miss playing with them.
“Also with Clayts hanging up his boots, the club loses a true legend and he is the sort of player who cannot be replaced on or off the field.”
Romford are set to host Wroxham at Ship Lane tomorrow, gunning for revenge after suffering a freak 8-0 loss in Norfolk earlier in the season.
Paul Martin’s men then travel to Redbridge for a crucial ‘six-pointer’ on Tuesday, but Reynolds believes Boro can get themselves out of trouble, saying they are well up for the fight.
He said: “The manager has said he wants six wins, but I know we can get more than that.
“The years I’ve been at this club we have never turned down a good battle and now we are well and truly in one.
“I’m sure we can keep ourselves in the Ryman League, which is something the fans, officials at the club and especially the management team deserve.”
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