Romford ‘cannot relax yet’

PUBLISHED: 12:20 28 March 2015

Jack Barry and Nick Reynolds celebrate a goal for Romford (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Jack Barry and Nick Reynolds celebrate a goal for Romford (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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Captain Barry expects tough Cray test

Romford captain Jack Barry admits Wednesday’s 5-1 win over Ryman North relegation rivals Barkingside has given the squad a massive lift.

But, despite now having a five-point cushion over the bottom three, he is not taking anything for granted as they prepare to visit fellow strugglers Cray.

Wanderers go into the match looking for a third successive win having beaten Redbridge and bottom club Burnham on their travels over the past week.

And Barry said: “Don’t get me wrong Wednesday’s result has helped our position in the league, but we are still fighting for our lives and we are not safe yet.

“We have a massive game against Cray who are down there, but they are a good team having played them earlier in the season and they will be up for Saturday because they believe they can get out of the trouble they are in.

“But we will also be up for the fight and it promises to be a great encounter and hopefully we can get something out of the game.”

Calvin Poku put Barkingside ahead at Ship Lane, after Barry had blazed a good early chance over.

But Boro were soon back on terms as Nick Reynolds nodded home a Chris Barry corner.

Reynolds used his head again to convert a Jack Barry pass within 90 seconds of the restart and Loui Hazelwood made it 3-1 just before the hour mark.

James Ishmail headed in another Chris Barry set-piece on 65 minutes and substitute Ryan Imbert completed the nap hand in the last minute.

Skipper Barry added: “It was a fantastic result on Wednesday night and a result we desperately needed. A result like that from us has been coming and it came just at the right time.

“The first half we didn’t play well, we couldn’t seem to get a hold of the game, but we came in at half time level and when we came out for the second half we meant business and it showed by us scoring straight from the kick off more or less.

“We knew as soon as we could get a lead their heads would drop and so it did then the goals started flowing and it was a comfortable second half for us.

“But that’s to our credit because we made it a comfortable second half by playing to our strengths and playing some good football.”

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