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Romford's Plans Rocked By Injury

Romford's plans for the new Ryman League Division One North season have been rocked by injury to captain Jack Barry and the possible departure of last season's leading goalscorer Nick Reynolds.

Barry took part in the club's football day at Fords Sports Ground on Saturday, but broke his ankle and faces six weeks out after an operation yesterday (Friday).

And boss Paul Martin (pictured) was also left fuming after rivals Maldon made an approach to striker Reynolds directly in order to express their interest in his services.

Martin is unsure whether Reynolds will make the sideways move, but must make contingency plans if the striker does decide to move to last season's play-off finalists.

"The football day had some positives, there was over two hours of football under their belts, but the big blow is Jack," said Martin.

"He'll be out for six weeks and that means he'll miss the start of the season so I'll have to start looking at some other options.

"I've just got off the phone with Nick as well who said Terry Spillane (Maldon manager) has been in touch about going over there.

"It's frustrating, but money may well talk. I don't mind letting players go so long as they are progressing, but for me that's a sideways move.

"We've let Ryan Imbert and Tom Richardson go before but they went higher up and to me I just can't understand sideways moves.

"I'm a bit disappointed in Terry not speaking to me beforehand — it's common courtesy to do that and I have always done the same — but it appears not all managers are like me.

"I have three trialists I was looking at in the striker's department and I was going to make a decision on them but with Nick's situation I'll have to put it off."

> Colin Munford /


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