Barry Town United vs Penybont | JD Cymru Premier Preview

The battle for European football continues to hot up in the JD Cymru Premier Championship Conference as we host Penybont this evening (kick-off 7:45pm).

Just one point separates the two sides in the table ahead of the game: we are fourth with 39 points, while the Bont sit fifth with 38.

Both teams lost 1-0 in closely-fought matches against the two title chasers on Saturday.

We were beaten away at Connah’s Quay Nomads, as a first half header from Michael Wilde proved decisive on a pitch that Gavin Chesterfield described as “like playing on the moon”.

Mike Lewis also saved a penalty from Callum Morris, and after a resilient second half performance from Barry that yielded a number of chances, we left Deeside mightily disappointed not to have earned a point.

Meanwhile, Louis Robles struck just after halftime as Penybont were defeated by The New Saints at Park Hall.

It leaves both Barry and Penybont eager to return to winning ways, having each claimed victory in the first round of phase two fixtures before losing the last two.

Tonight is the third instalment of the Five Mile Lane Derby this season, with Rhys Griffiths’s men emerging as narrow 1-0 winners in both previous encounters.

A belting strike from Sam Snaith gave Penybont all three points at Jenner Park last month before Kane Owen’s penalty proved decisive a week later.

We have fonder memories of the Bridgend outfit’s visit to Jenner last season, as goals from Clayton Green, Luke Cummings and Kayne McLaggon secured a 3-0 victory.

Looking ahead to the game, Gavin Chesterfield said:

“They’re all tough games in phase two. Penybont are having a really good season, but the hope is we show that fight, intensity and desire we did in the second half at Connah’s Quay and then add in a bit of quality. We’re looking forward to the challenge.”

Due to a Welsh Government and FAW ruling, games must currently be played behind-closed-doors until stated otherwise. Your support will be hugely missed at Jenner Park, but you will be able to follow this evening’s fixture through live updates on our Twitter page.

Connah’s Quay Nomads vs Barry Town United | JD Cymru Premier Preview

The games keep coming thick and fast in the JD Cymru Premier Championship Conference as we travel to Connah’s Quay Nomads today (kick-off 5:15pm).

Our three-game winning run came to an end on Tuesday night, as The New Saints turned on the style at Jenner Park and claimed a 6-0 victory.

It was a clinical showing from Anthony Limbrick’s men and we will be keen to respond with an improved display today.

Reigning champions Connah’s Quay Nomads are locked in a battle for the title with TNS, only trailing the Oswestry side on goal difference.

The Nomads registered an emphatic victory of their own in midweek, as they beat Caernarfon Town 6-1 thanks to a stellar second half performance.

Andy Morrison’s side have now won 13 of their last 15 matches, with Penybont the only team to take points off them during that time.

Before that, the last time they dropped points was in a closely-fought 0-0 draw at Jenner Park in October. It was a game that showed we were able to compete with the league’s very best.

Our trip to Deeside in phase one was also a tight affair, as Jordan Cotterill gave us the lead early on but the Nomads battled back to win 3-1.

Speaking after Tuesday’s game, Gavin Chesterfield said:

“We’ll recover well, see how the boys respond and look forward to the challenge on Saturday. You’ll find out a lot about my team this week and my team will find out a lot about me as well. It’s certainly not nice shipping six goals at home and being that passive. But sport is there to challenge you and this is undoubtedly a challenge that we must rise to.”

Due to a Welsh Government and FAW ruling, games must currently be played behind-closed-doors until stated otherwise. Your support will be hugely missed at Deeside, but you will be able to follow this afternoon’s fixture through live updates on our Twitter page.

Barry Town United vs The New Saints | JD Cymru Premier Preview

We will be looking to continue our winning start to the Championship Conference in the JD Cymru Premier when we return to Jenner Park to host The New Saints this evening (kick-off 7:45pm).

The last two weeks have seen Town secure successive victories away from home thanks to late goals – Evan Press smashed home in the 90th minute to defeat Cardiff Met at the end of phase one, before Curtis Hutson popped up in the 92nd minute against Caernarfon Town on Saturday to ensure we started phase two with three points.

Add in a 6-2 victory over Bala Town in our last game at Jenner Park, and we are on a run of three straight victories – a streak we aim to continue tonight.

Our form means that we sit fourth in the Cymru Premier table, just three points behind Bala as the race for European football hots up.

Meanwhile, TNS are locked in a race for the league title as always and currently sit top of the table, but are only ahead of Connah’s Quay Nomads only goal difference.

Former Woking boss Anthony Limbrick was appointed as the club’s new manager 11 days ago and has been entrusted to win the trophy back from Andy Morrison’s side.

Limbrick oversaw a 1-0 win over Bala in his first game in charge on Saturday thanks to Ryan Brobbel’s early goal.

It means that TNS have a winning streak of their own to protect – the Oswestry-based side have triumphed in their last four matches.

We were beaten in both of our phase one meetings with The Saints earlier this season, but have only lost once against them in three phase two meetings since our promotion in 2017.

Due to a Welsh Government and FAW ruling, games must currently be played behind-closed-doors until stated otherwise. Your support will be hugely missed at Jenner Park, but you will be able to follow this evening’s fixture through live updates on our Twitter page.

Caernarfon Town vs Barry Town United | JD Cymru Premier Preview

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We begin phase two of the JD Cymru Premier this afternoon with a trip to Caernarfon Town (kick-off 2:30pm).

We head into the Championship Conference with plenty of confidence and momentum thanks to two consecutive wins at the end of phase one. After a superb 6-2 win over Bala Town at Jenner Park, we travelled to Cardiff Metropolitan University on Easter Friday and claimed a 2-1 victory.

Nat Jarvis opened the scoring at Cyncoed just after halftime before Emlyn Lewis equalised two minutes later, but Evan Press popped up with the winning strike in the 90th minute – his third goal in two games.

It means that we begin phase two in fourth place, six points behind Bala – knowing that third place will secure an automatic European spot this season after the cancellation of the JD Welsh Cup.

Caernarfon were beaten 4-1 by The New Saints on Easter Friday – Mike Parker being sent off to add to their woes – but they still qualified for the Championship Conference in sixth place due to Haverfordwest County’s loss to Penybont.

A great run of form earned the Cofis the right to play in the top six, as they were on an eight-game unbeaten run before their defeat at Park Hall. This is the third successive season since their promotion in 2018 that they can call themselves a top half team.

Goals in the last ten minutes from Jack Kenny and Sam Jones earned a 2-0 win for Caernarfon when we visited The Oval in December, but we had been victorious at Jenner Park three months earlier as a Kayne McLaggon brace and bullet header from Curtis McDonald secured a 3-1 win.

Due to a Welsh Government and FAW ruling, games must currently be played behind-closed-doors until stated otherwise. Your support will be hugely missed at The Oval, but you will be able to follow this afternoon’s fixture through live updates on our Twitter page.

JD Cymru Premier Phase Two fixtures confirmed

After the conclusion of phase one of the 2020/21 JD Cymru Premier season yesterday, all eyes are immediately on phase two as our final ten fixtures have been revealed.

Usually there would be a two-week break between the two phases, but due to the campaign already being set back due to lockdown restrictions, there is no let up and phase two begins next weekend.

This season we are joined in the Championship Conference by Connah’s Quay Nomads, The New Saints, Bala Town, Penybont and Caernarfon Town and will play all five teams twice across a six-week period.

Following confirmation by the FAW that this season’s JD Welsh Cup has been cancelled, third place will automatically earn a place in the Europa Conference League first qualifying round, while teams placed fourth to seventh will compete in the European playoffs.

We begin with a trip to Caernarfon Town next weekend (Saturday 10 April), before welcoming The New Saints to Jenner Park the following Tuesday.

There are four midweek games scheduled in total, including both our games against Penybont.

The regular league season concludes on Saturday 15 May, and we host Caernarfon Town that afternoon.

Please note all fixture dates and times are subject to change following discussions with broadcasters.


Barry Town United 2020/21 Phase Two fixtures

Saturday 10 April – Caernarfon Town vs Barry Town United

Tuesday 13 April – Barry Town United vs The New Saints

Saturday 17 April – Connah’s Quay Nomads vs Barry Town United

Tuesday 20 April – Barry Town United vs Penybont

Saturday 24 April – Bala Town vs Barry Town United

Tuesday 27 April – Penybont vs Barry Town United

Saturday 1 May – Barry Town United vs Bala Town

Tuesday 4 May – Barry Town United vs Connah’s Quay Nomads

Saturday 8 May – The New Saints vs Barry Town United

Saturday 15 May – Barry Town United vs Caernarfon Town

Cardiff Metropolitan University vs Barry Town United | JD Cymru Premier Preview

We end phase one of the 2020/21 JD Cymru Premier season by making the short trip to Cardiff Metropolitan University today (kick-off 5pm).

Our magnificent 6-2 win over Bala Town last week, courtesy of goals from Kayne McLaggon (2), Evan Press (2), Chris Hugh and Curtis Hutson, was the perfect way to secure our spot in the Championship Conference for phase two.

However that does not mean that there is nothing riding on today’s game, as we look to build momentum going into the final ten fixtures and try to chase down Bala who are six points ahead in third.

Cardiff Met have found themselves struggling at the other end of the table this season, and ahead of today’s game they are 10th – just two points ahead of the bottom two.

Christian Edwards’s side are winless in their last eight matches and were beaten 3-2 by Caernarfon Town last weekend. They have scored the fewest goals in the division this season, but have conceded the fewest goals in the bottom half.

It was a superb free-kick from David Cotterill that proved decisive in our 1-0 win over the Archers earlier in the season, and it was the same scoreline on our last visit to Cyncoed Campus in December 2019, when Mo Touray struck the winner.

Looking ahead to the match, Gavin Chesterfield said:

“Regardless of who you’re playing against in this league, you can’t be off your game. I went to watch Cardiff Met against Cefn Druids the other week and I thought they played really well and were unlucky not to win the game. I know we’re going to be in for a tough game, but we’re a good team and hopefully the win over Bala will give us some momentum and impetus.”

Due to a Welsh Government and FAW ruling, games must currently be played behind-closed-doors until stated otherwise. Your support will be hugely missed at Cyncoed Campus, but you will be able to follow this afternoon’s fixture through live updates on our Twitter page.

Barry Town United vs Bala Town | JD Cymru Premier Preview

After an 11-day break, we return to JD Cymru Premier action this afternoon for our final home game of phase one against Bala Town (kick-off 2:30pm).

All four of our games since the league’s restart three weeks ago have ended 1-0 – two defeats to Penybont and wins over Cefn Druids and Aberystwyth Town.

It means we currently sit in fifth, needing one win from our final two games of phase one to secure a place in the top six.

Bala are already safe of their spot in the Championship Conference, but have suffered a dip in form in recent weeks.

Colin Caton’s side were beaten 2-1 by Caernarfon Town last weekend and 3-1 by Connah’s Quay Nomads the previous Tuesday, leaving them isolated in third place, as they are nine points behind of The New Saints (2nd) but eight points ahead of Penybont (4th).

An injury-ravaged Barry side were beaten 4-0 by Bala earlier this season as Chris Venables netted a hat-trick and we will be keen to give a better account of ourselves as the Lakesiders visit Jenner Park.

This fixture last season finished 2-2, as Barry led twice through Drew Fahiya and Kayne McLaggon but Bala fought back to claim a point.

Due to a Welsh Government and FAW ruling, games must currently be played behind-closed-doors until stated otherwise. Your support will be hugely missed at Jenner Park, but you will be able to follow this afternoon’s fixture through live updates on our Twitter page.