Barry Town United vs Carmarthen Town | JD Cymru Premier Preview

Barry Town United finish phase one of the JD Cymru Premier season with a home fixture against Carmarthen Town today (kick-off 5:15pm).

Town appeared to have earned a hard-fought 0-0 draw in terrible weather conditions away to Connah’s Quay Nomads last weekend, but Andy Morrison’s side won the game late on through goals from Jamie Insall and Declan Poole. The result leaves Barry in fourth position going into today’s fixture.

Meanwhile, it’s been a difficult campaign for Carmarthen so far, as they currently sit in 11th position with just two wins in 21 games. However Kristian O’Leary’s men are currently on a three-match unbeaten run, having drawn against Airbus and Penybont in their last two games following a 3-2 win over the latter on Boxing Day. Luke Bowen is very much the man in-form for the Old Gold after scoring five goals in those three matches.

A superb long range strike from Clayton Green proved to be the difference between Barry and Carmarthen in the first meeting between the two sides this season as we claimed a 1-0 win at Richmond Park at the end of August. The result was our seventh win in a row against the Old Gold since our return to the top-flight in 2017.

Barry welcome back Kayne McLaggon to today’s squad following suspension, whilst new signing Theo Wharton has received international clearance and could make his debut. There’s good news for Jordan Cotterill and Jonathan Hood who are both back in training. Callum Sainty’s hip operation went well this week but he will miss the next few months recovering, with Keyon Reffell, Robbie Patten and Troy Greening also all sidelined through injury.

Tickets at Jenner Park today will cost £8 for adults, £5 for concessions and £3 for kids.

Eli Phipps joins Penybont on loan

Barry Town United can confirm that Eli Phipps has joined fellow JD Cymru Premier side Penybont on loan until the end of the season.

The striker moved to Jenner Park from Weston-Super-Mare in the summer, but has been limited to just two starts so far this season – at home to Penybont and Newtown in the league. In addition, Phipps has made 13 substitute appearances.

He now makes the loan move down the road to the SDM Glass Stadium and everyone at Barry Town wishes him the very best of luck.

Gavin Chesterfield said:

“Eli is a valued member of our squad, but has found himself lacking playing opportunities of late. His attitude and talent deserve a platform and this loan move to Penybont provides him with a great opportunity to display these qualities. Naturally, I hope it goes well for both parties”.

Vacancy: Under-8 Academy Head Coach

We are Recruiting! Would you like to become a part of our thriving, exciting and extremely professional academy set up? Please find details below of a position that has opened up in the Barry Town United academy.

Title: U8 – Academy Head Coach
Reports to: Academy Director
Based at: Jenner Park

Key responsibilities and accountabilities:

  • Provide a high standard of coaching to the respective age group, educating them in line with the Barry Town academy philosophy and methodology as outlined in the academy coaching plan.
  • To assist the U9 Academy Head Coach during game days with player and game day management.
  • When able, aid in the scouting of potential academy players for the YDP phase to enhance the quality of players within our academy.
  • To assist players to set individual short- and long-term goals to create Individual Action Plans for all players.
  • To complete player progress reports on a quarterly basis highlighting area for development.
  • Devise and attend at least two player and parent evenings per season for each individual player in their squad to discuss areas for player improvement.
  • To develop and maintain a professional relationship with the parents of youngsters in the programme.
  • To assess trialists at both training and games and feed back to the Academy Director.
  • To identify players available each weekend for matches and communicate any additional player requirements to parents and players at the earliest opportunity.
  • If work commitments allow, attend tournaments, trips and tours when requested by the club.
  • Maintain an open line of communication with the Academy Director & U9 Head Coach to discuss potential player progression combined with highlighting any concerns.
  • Complete CPD (Continuous Professional Development) to maintain coaching qualifications with the FAW or FA.
  • To work with Head of Coaching in the completion of a personal Coach Development Plan in line with the Barry Town Coach Competency Framework.
  • To take responsibility for the care and maintenance of all age group training equipment and playing kit.
  • To ensure that all academy players adhere to the Barry Town core values and show a high level of respect and discipline.
  • To abide by all club policies and coaches code of conduct including (but not exclusive to) Safeguarding, Equality and Health & Safety.

Contract Length: All contracts are seasonal contracts based on the start and finish of the Barry Town United AFC Academy season.

Contract start & end date: Pending Recruitment

Qualifications: FAW C Certificate

Experience: Minimum of 3 years leading coaching sessions

Closing date: Friday 31st January 2019

In order to apply for the above position, please send a CV and cover letter highlighting why you feel you are the most suitable candidate for the role of “U8 Head Coach” role at Barry Town United AFC to the below contact.

Damian Flynn
Position: Academy Director
E: damian.flynn@barrytown.co.uk

Theo Wharton joins Barry Town United

Barry Town United are delighted to announce the signing of midfielder Theo Wharton.

Wharton, most recently of Hereford, was born in Cwmbran and came through the Cardiff City academy to make two appearances for the first team in the FA Cup against West Bromwich Albion and Macclesfield. He was also capped by Wales at Under-17, Under-19 and Under-21 level in his time as a Bluebird.

Following a loan spell at Weston-super-Mare, Wharton left the Welsh capital in 2017 to join York City before spending time on loan at Tamworth. He has also played for Nuneaton Borough and Hereford in the last two years.

The 25-year-old has made 15 appearances for the Saint Kitts and Nevis national team, debuting against Haiti in November 2016. He has two goals for the Caribbean nation to date, both coming in a 10-0 win over Saint Martin in CONCACAF Nations League qualifying in October 2018.

Manager Gavin Chesterfield said:

“Theo is a player I’ve known for a long time both through his dad Sean and during his time at Cardiff. It’s no secret that we’ve missed elements of control in midfield particularly due to losing Troy and Robbie through injury in August.

“Theo is an exciting player who has a good pedigree and I feel we will be a really good fit for each other. He’s been training with the squad for the last month and has integrated very well.”

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

Barry Town United begin 2020 with a trip to Connah’s Quay Nomads this afternoon in the penultimate game of the JD Cymru Premier phase one (kick-off 2:30pm).

Mo Touray’s first goal of the season proved to be decisive last time out in a 1-0 win over Cardiff Met – our first victory at Cyncoed since promotion in 2017. With Cefn Druids losing on the same night, the result also confirmed Barry’s place in the Cymru Premier Championship Conference for the second successive season. Going in to today’s game, we sit fourth in the table on 37 points.

Connah’s Quay meanwhile are six points better off in second place, having won their last three games in a row. A double from Michael Bakare saw them come from behind to beat Bala Town 2-1, before they beat Airbus UK 2-1 and 4-0 in the space of four days over the Christmas period. Andy Morrison’s men currently hold the joint best defensive record in the division, having conceded just 15 goals so far this campaign.

Barry were beaten 4-0 by Connah’s Quay at Jenner Park in the first meeting between the two sides this season, as Michael Wilde and Jamie Insall both grabbed two goals each. However Town were left playing with ten men for much of the game following Jonathan Hood’s red card midway through the first half. Nonetheless, we head to Deeside this afternoon having earned a point in both games there last season – Touray scoring a brace in a 2-2 draw in phase one and Hood netting in the 1-1 stalemate in phase two.

The squad continues to be plighted by injuries at present, as Jordan Cotterill and Jonathan Hood were both forced off over the Christmas period and are ruled out of today’s game. Meanwhile, Kayne McLaggon’s booking in the away game at Cardiff Met meant he reached the limit for yellow cards and is suspended. Callum Sainty, Robbie Patten and Troy Greening remain sidelined. In better news, Jack Compton is set to return to the matchday squad this afternoon, while Drew Fahiya is back from illness. Curtis Watkins may also return.

Tickets at Deeside this afternoon will cost £7 for adults and £3 for concessions.

Barry Town Vets Over 55s start 2020 in style

Four-goal hero Mike Bobbett

In their first match of 2020, Barry Town Vets Over 55s were just too good for a sprightly Merthyr Tydfil as they secured an impressive 9-1 victory, including a fabulous four goals for evergreen Mike Bobbett. It means that the defence of their over 55s League crown is now very much back in their own hands.

Although missing a number of key players, Barry were still able to field a strong squad at Abercynon, so much so that they dominated the match pretty much from start to finish and in fact the scoreline could have been even more emphatic! 

Merthyr are always a tough nut to crack but with Barry in this form, Merthyr’s weaknesses were immediately exploited by the midfield of Huish, Price, Marshall and Dupuy, and full backs Staddon and Gibbins, whilst strikers Welsh and Bobbett terrorised their opponents. ‘Jonah’ Jones continued with his impressive scoring run, slotting home Dupuy’s corner with aplomb. Price scored shortly afterwards when he slammed home from close range after his header was parried.

The visitors went three up when Bobbett took advantage of a defensive lapse to finish from a tight angle. Barry stopper John Jones was a mere spectator, and apart from one defensive mix-up which allowed the Merthyr striker to score cheaply, this was a consummate back four performance from Gibbins, Jones, Averies and Staddon. 

Merthyr’s momentary chink of hope was crushed however, when Bobbett scored his second and then completed his hat-trick with an audacious lob, proving that when he’s in this kind of mood he is almost unplayable.

In the second half Dupuy took centre stage, first supplying a superb cross, which was powerfully headed home by Welsh and then getting on the scoresheet himself with a delightful chip over the stranded keeper. The pack was shuffled with Brown and Taylor entering the fray, but man-of-the-match Bobbett was relentless, scoring his fourth after robbing the opposition number five.

But the best was still to come as Huish screamed a shot into the top corner from 25 yards to complete the rout and send out a clear warning to the other teams in the league.

Next week the over 50s travel to Cwmbran for a cup match against last years beaten finalists.

2019/20 Barry Town Vets fixtures and results

Sept 8   Penybont 2 -3 BARRY 55s

Sept 15 BARRY 50s 1-0 Cardiff Accies

Sept 22 BARRY 55s 4-0 Merthyr

Oct 6     Newport 2-6 BARRY 55s

Oct 20   BARRY 50s 1-2 Continental

Oct 20   BARRY 60s 0-0 Swansea

Oct 27   BARRY 55s 8-1 Llantrisant

Nov 3    Merthyr 4-1 BARRY 50s

Nov 10  Swansea 3-1 BARRY 55s

Nov 24  BARRY 55s 3-0 Penybont       

Dec 1    Swansea 3-7 BARRY 50s

Dec 8    Barry 55s 4-0 Merthyr (CUP)

Dec 15  BARRY 50s 0-1 Nelson

Dec 15  BARRY 60s 3-0 Newport

Jan 5     Merthyr 1-9 BARRY 55s

Jan 12 Cwmbran Celtic vs BARRY 50s / Celtic Park, Cwmbran / 11am

Jan 26   Penybont vs BARRY 50s / Bryntirion Park / 2pm

Feb 2     Swansea vs BARRY 55s / LLandarcy Sports / 2pm

Feb 9     BARRY 50s vs Llantrisant / TBC / TBC

Feb 16  BARRY 55s vs Newport / TBC / TBC

Feb 23  BARRY 50s vs Mathern / TBC / TBC     

Feb 23  Penybont vs BARRY 60s / Ystrad Mynach Centre / 4.30pm                 

March 8 Llantrisant vs BARRY 60s / TBC / 4.30pm

Mar 15  Llantrisant vs BARRY 55s / Tonyrefail Welfare ground / 2pm    

Mar 29  Newport vs BARRY 50s / LLanwern Sports / 2pm 

Apr 5     BARRY 55s vs Swansea / TBC / TBC

Apr 19   Cwmbran vs BARRY 50s / Celtic Park, Cwmbran / TBC 

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

Barry Town United’s final game of 2019 comes against Cardiff Metropolitan University this evening, with kick-off at Cyncoed Campus at 7:45pm.

The two sides of course met only four days ago on Boxing Day, playing out a 1-1 draw at Jenner Park. Jordan Cotterill’s first goal of the season put Barry ahead just five minutes into the match as he dispossessed Bradley Woolridge in the middle of the park and finished well past Will Fuller. However Jordan Lam equalised for Met a quarter of an hour later with a curling effort from outside of the box. Neither side could find a winner in the second half as Mike Lewis made a number of good saves and Town had an effort cleared off the line.

This is the third season in a row where we have played Cardiff Met twice in quick succession over the Christmas period. Last year Kayne McLaggon and Jordan Cotterill scored in a 2-1 win at Jenner Park before a 3-0 defeat at Cyncoed – a result Gavin Chesterfield’s side will certainly be hoping to avenge this evening.

Before this year’s Boxing Day game, Met ended a three game winless run in the league by defeating The New Saints 2-1 away from home thanks to goals from Joel Edwards and Will Evans. Christian Edwards’s side are currently eighth in the JD Cymru Premier table, but could end the calendar year in the top six with victory this evening if other results go their way. Town meanwhile currently sit in fourth, and three points would effectively confirm a top six spot with two games of phase one left to play.

Barry suffered a trio of injuries on Boxing Day, as Jordan Cotterill (shoulder), Sion Spence (knee) and Curtis Watkins (ankle) all had to be substituted. All three are unavailable for today’s game, and join Troy Greening, Robbie Patten and Jack Compton on the sidelines. In more positive news, Keyon Reffell and Jonathan Hood are back in contention for selection.

Looking ahead to this evening’s game, Gavin Chesterfield said:

“The squad is stretched at the moment but that’s why we carry a squad of players. We are not going to make an issue of the injuries suffered so far, they are unfortunate but it’s part of the game and we have to deal with it. The Boxing Day clash was full of honesty and competitive spirit but was a game that lacked quality in my opinion. We were disappointed in our performance. Whilst our record at Cyncoed Campus isn’t great, it would be nice to sign off a successful decade with a positive outcome in tonight’s game.”

Tickets at Cyncoed this evening cost £6 for adults and £3 for concessions. Children under 10 go free with a paying adult, while it’s £2 for children over 10 with a paying adult.

Aberystwyth Town vs Barry Town United | JD Cymru Premier Preview

Barry Town United are on the road for the first time since mid-November as we travel to face Aberystwyth Town tonight in the JD Cymru Premier (kick-off 7:45pm).

Gavin Chesterfield’s side were beaten 4-1 by The New Saints last Friday, but the scoreline did not reflect the performance as Town matched the league leaders for large parts of the game, but were ultimately beaten by some clinical finishing. Nonetheless, we remain in fifth position in the league – just four points behind Connah’s Quay Nomads in third – and victory tonight would take us one step closer to confirming a top six spot.

Aberystwyth meanwhile currently sit in ninth, having come from behind to defeat Cardiff Met 2-1 last weekend. Geoff Kellaway was the hero for the Black and Greens as his two late goals cancelled out Eliot Evans’s opener at Cyncoed. It secured back-to-back wins for Aber, who beat Cymru North side Ruthin Town 2-1 in the JD Welsh Cup the previous weekend. Kellaway was again on the scoresheet as he put his side 1-0 up early on, but Ian Hughes equalised for Ruthin Town in 89th minute from the penalty spot. However there was late drama as Wes Baynes scored a 30-yard screamer two minutes later to send Aberystwyth through to the fourth round.  

The first meeting between Barry and Aber this season saw Town win 3-1 at Jenner Park in August. An incredible Kayne McLaggon strike gave us the lead before Clayton Green doubled the lead before half-time, and McLaggon’s second goal after the break put the game to bed. There was though time for Paolo Mendes to head in a late consolation for the visitors. Barry are actually yet to lose to Aberystwyth since promotion back to the top-flight two years ago, and Clayton Green’s goal gave us a 1-0 victory in our last visit to Park Avenue in September 2018.

Drew Fahiya and Sion Spence should be back available this evening after illness and injury ruled them out of last week’s game against TNS, but Jack Compton, Robbie Patten and Troy Greening all unfortunately remain sidelined.

Tickets at Park Avenue this evening will cost £8 for adults, £5 for concessions and £2 for children over 11, while under 11s go free.

Barry Town Vets Over 60s go top of the league

Frank Lennon

On Sunday 15th Barry Town Vets Over 60s secured a comfortable 3-0 win over a strong Newport outfit, and in doing so moved to the top of the league.

Barry dominated the match from start to finish at Ystrad Mynach Centre for Sport, and were it not for the sparkling form of Newport stopper Phil Williams, the scoreline would have been far more emphatic. The midfield trio of Huish, Price and Staddon took immediate control and along with wide men Morgan and Town legend Dickie Batt, chalking up his millionth match, forced the Newport defence into a frantic rearguard action.

Talismanic striker Bobbett, playing his third game in two days, tormented his opponents and went close on a number of occasions before finishing with aplomb after a clever flick from Huish. Newport rarely threatened and with Brown and Gibb in consummate form, keeper Orpin was a mere spectator. Morgan almost increased Barry’s lead with a deft header and Huish, Price, Staddon and Bobbett were also denied by a stubborn defensive effort by the opponents, so the score remained at 1-0 going into the break. 

70-year-old Lennon replaced 70-year-old Batt and Parkin replaced Morgan for the second half, with normal service soon resumed as Bobbett screamed a second into the top corner of the net. The onslaught continued, even in blizzard conditions. Huish hit the post after fine interplay with Bobbett and Price, and had further efforts tipped away by the inspired Newport gloveman. Bobbett was denied his hat-trick by a superb defensive block, as was Brown after one of his customary mazy runs forward.

But Barry were not to be denied and when substitute Eveleigh, impressing on his Barry Vets debut, started a move involving Staddon and then Bobbett, Lennon acrobatically ‘scissor-kicked’ home to complete an impressive evening for his club.

Earlier in the day, the Over 50s lost by one goal to visitors Nelson at Jenner Park. They were in a confident mood going into the contest after an excellent win in their last match away to Swansea, but losing three key players before the game and then influential midfielder Lilligreen with just three minutes on the clock was a major factor in the defeat. 

In a rejigged line-up, it was inevitable that it would take time to settle and defenders Simms, Gibb, Blackie and James soon found themselves under immediate pressure by the swift Nelson front line, but luckily Barry gloveman Wills was alert to any danger.

Further up the pitch, Averies and replacement Taylor struggled to contain the opponents midfield trio, whilst wide men Dupuy and Stait made little headway. The home side were working hard, and although the passing was unusually wayward they still claimed a fair share of possession. A weak final ball was their affliction, although Owens might have scored had he connected with a Fredriksen pass.

Fredriksen himself was unlucky to see his shot cleared off the line but then sloppy work in the midfield allowed Nelson to break quickly and the visitors’ striker placed the ball expertly past Wills to take his side 1-0 up going into the interval.

In the second half further changes were made to retrieve the game, but with key players unavailable and several of the squad having played a full game the day before there was little spark to the play. Wills completed a man-of-the-match performance when he dived bravely to deny the visiting striker. This seemed to trigger a reaction and for the last ten minutes Barry were camped in the opponents’ penalty area. Dupuy and Stait finally managed some accuracy with their crossing, which were frantically defended by the visitors. But when Fredriksen had a fine header saved and the rebound inexplicably failed to find the net, it confirmed this was not to be Barry’s day. 

2019/20 Barry Town Vets fixtures and results

Sept 8   Penybont 2 -3 BARRY 55s

Sept 15 BARRY 50s 1-0 Cardiff Accies

Sept 22 BARRY 55s 4-0 Merthyr

Oct 6     Newport 2-6 BARRY 55s

Oct 20   BARRY 50s 1-2 Continental

Oct 20   BARRY 60s 0-0 Swansea

Oct 27   BARRY 55s 8-1 Llantrisant

Nov 3    Merthyr 4-1 BARRY 50s

Nov 10  Swansea 3-1 BARRY 55s

Nov 24  BARRY 55s 3-0 Penybont       

Dec 1    Swansea 3-7 BARRY 50s

Dec 8    Barry 55s 4-0 Merthyr (CUP)

Dec 15  BARRY 50s 0-1 Nelson

Dec 15  BARRY 60s 3-0 Newport

Jan 5     Merthyr vs BARRY 55s / Penydarren Park / 2pm

Jan 26   Penybont vs BARRY 50s / Bryntirion Park / 2pm

Feb 2     Swansea vs BARRY 55s / LLandarcy Sports / 2pm

Feb 9     BARRY 50s vs Llantrisant / TBC / TBC

Feb 16  BARRY 55s vs Newport / TBC / TBC

Feb 23  BARRY 50s vs Mathern / TBC / TBC     

Feb 23  Penybont vs BARRY 60s / Ystrad Mynach Centre / 4.30pm                 

March 8 Llantrisant vs BARRY 60s / TBC / 4.30pm

Mar 15  Llantrisant vs BARRY 55s / Tonyrefail Welfare ground / 2pm    

Mar 29  Newport vs BARRY 50s / LLanwern Sports / 2pm 

Apr 5     BARRY 55s vs Swansea / TBC / TBC

Apr 19   Cwmbran vs BARRY 50s / Celtic Park, Cwmbran / TBC 

Barry Town Vets Over 55s progress in the cup

Francis Dupuy

Barry Town Vets over 55s began the defence of their Wales Veterans o55s Cup title with a comfortable 4-0 win against a dogged Merthyr Tydfil at a blustery Jenner Park.

In a scrappy opening quarter, the two sides struggled with the conditions and the game lacked both energy and accuracy. Although the home side’s back four of Longman, Jones, Gibb and Staddon were tested early on, keeper John Jones was untroubled.

Gradually Barry’s midfield quartet of Brown, Welsh, Dyke and Dupuy began to impose themselves, and although the passing was still erratic, good work down the right culminated in Sanderson laying the ball back to Dupuy who continued his recent vein of form and curled a beauty passed the helpless Merthyr gloveman.

Minutes later, Staddon strode forward and reminded everyone of what he is capable of, unleashing a 30 yard screamer into the top of the net to give the home side a comfortable 2-0 lead which they maintained until the break.  

In the second half, Averies replaced Gibb for his first outing with this age group and showed immediately why he will be a major asset, snuffing out an attack then clipping a ball over the top for Bobbett, who was unable to take advantage on this occasion. Barry were not playing to their usual high standard, but they were still in complete control, and from a Brown through-ball, man-of-the-match Dupuy finished with aplomb to put the game beyond the visitors.

Minutes later substitute Marshall put the same player through for his hat-trick butwith the visiting keeper awol, Dupuy fluffed his lines. A recently reanimated Morgan entered the frey and waited 15 minutes to make an immediate impact, assisting a Dyke pile-driver into the path of Sanderson who kept up his goalscoring habit by crashing in from an inch to secure his side an emphatic 4-0 win.

This Sunday 15th December the over 50s hope to continue with their recent good form against Nelson at Jenner Park at 11am. At 4.30pm on the same day the over 60s face Newport at Ystrad Mynach.

2019/20 Barry Town Vets fixtures and results

Sept 8   Penybont 2 -3 BARRY 55s

Sept 15 BARRY 50s 1-0 Cardiff Accies

Sept 22 BARRY 55s 4-0 Merthyr

Oct 6     Newport 2-6 BARRY 55s

Oct 20   BARRY 50s 1-2 Continental

Oct 20   BARRY 60s 0-0 Swansea

Oct 27   BARRY 55s 8-1 Llantrisant

Nov 3    Merthyr 4-1 BARRY 50s

Nov 10  Swansea 3-1 BARRY 55s

Nov 24  BARRY 55s 3-0 Penybont       

Dec 1    Swansea 3-7 BARRY 50s

Dec 8    Barry 55s 4-0 Merthyr (CUP)

Dec 15  BARRY 50s vs Nelson / Jenner Park / 11am

Dec 15  BARRY 60s vs Newport / Ystrad Mynach Centre / 4.30pm

Jan 5     Merthyr vs BARRY 55s / Penydarren Park / 2pm

Jan 26   Penybont vs BARRY 50s / Bryntirion Park / 2pm

Feb 2     Swansea vs BARRY 55s / LLandarcy Sports / 2pm

Feb 9     BARRY 50s vs Llantrisant / TBC / TBC

Feb 16  BARRY 55s vs Newport / TBC / TBC

Feb 23  BARRY 50s vs Mathern / TBC / TBC     

Feb 23  Penybont vs BARRY 60s / Ystrad Mynach Centre / 4.30pm                 

March 8 Llantrisant vs BARRY 60s / TBC / 4.30pm

Mar 15  Llantrisant vs BARRY 55s / Tonyrefail Welfare ground / 2pm    

Mar 29  Newport vs BARRY 50s / LLanwern Sports / 2pm 

Apr 5     BARRY 55s vs Swansea / TBC / TBC

Apr 19   Cwmbran vs BARRY 50s / Celtic Park, Cwmbran / TBC