Romford defeat harsh says Barry

PUBLISHED: 13:28 12 August 2013 | UPDATED: 13:28 12 August 2013

Kurt Smith went close for Romford at Needham Market (Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Kurt Smith went close for Romford at Needham Market (Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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Ryman Division 1N: Needham Market 3 Romford 0

Romford’s injured captain Jack Barry felt his side were hard done by in their opening Ryman Division One North fixture of the new season.

Boro slipped to a 3-0 defeat at Needham Market, falling behind after only two minutes when Ian Westlake’s free-kick was deflected past the wrong-footed Aaron Omand.

George Woodward had an effort blocked before the break and Kurt Smith missed a good chance in the second half before Woodward had penalty claims waved away.

Smith was denied by Andrew Plummer’s save before Tom Richardson headed over from a Joe Oates cross.

And the hosts doubled their lead on 88 minutes when Lee Townrow bundled the ball home, before Sam Newson added a third in injury time.

But the watching Barry said: “The scoreline flattered them.

“It was never a 3-0 game, we just had to go for it in the last 10 minutes.

“The first half I don’t think we could find our feet. We were very flat and couldn’t really get going, but when we came out for the second half we stepped it up a gear and it showed because I thought we were the better team.

“Over the course of the game we had the better chances but the ball just wasn’t finding the back of the net.

“I think they had three chances the whole game and scored three goals, but it just shows you they were more clinical on the day.

“We can’t let the result get to us because we have another game on Tuesday, where we will be looking to bounce back straight away and take nothing less than three points.”

Boro welcome Waltham Forest to Ship Lane tomorrow (Tuesday) for their first home game of the new campaign.

Romford: Omand, Ottley, Oates, Truman, Ishmail (Palmer 88), Seymour, Woodward, Richardson, Smith, Francis (Imbert 68), Stanley.

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