Bowen and Gould return to parent clubs

Barry Town United can confirm that the loan spells of Sam Bowen and Josh Gould have ended due to the current suspension of the JD Cymru Premier.

Midfielder Bowen, 19, returns to Cardiff City having made seven appearances for Barry, scoring two excellent goals against Flint Town United and Cefn Druids.

Meanwhile goalkeeper Gould, 23, is back at Swansea City after playing three games between the sticks.

Our thanks to both players for their efforts while at Jenner Park and we wish them the very best of luck as their careers continue to develop.

Alert level 4: Changes made to elite status designation

Following the announcement on 19 December from the First Minister, placing Wales into Alert Level 4 of the Welsh Government Control Plan in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic, Sport Wales has communicated to the FAW a decision of the National Sport Group (NSG) in relation to the elite status designation provided to the top levels of football in Wales. 

The decision of the NSG is to rescind the elite status designation provided to the following leagues:  

  • JD Cymru Premier
  • Orchard Welsh Premier Women’s League
  • JD Cymru North
  • JD Cymru South

As a result, all fixtures and activities involving non-fully professional clubs are to be postponed until further notice. The JD Cymru Leagues will make a separate announcement as to whether any fixtures involving fully professional clubs can take place during this period. 

The NSG includes representation from Sport Wales, Welsh Sports Association, Welsh Government and Commonwealth Games Wales to consider the elite status designation.  

The decision by the NSG has been made in the context of the rapidly developing public health crisis here in Wales.   

The NSG has confirmed that the elite status designation will be automatically re-instated under lower Alert Levels. 

The FAW previously announced on 19 December that all football activity below the leagues detailed above will be suspended during Alert Level 4. 

The FAW urges everyone to follow the Welsh Government guidelines during the firebreak lockdown to limit the spread of COVID-19.

Barry Town United vs Cefn Druids | JD Cymru Premier Preview

We are hoping to return to winning ways this afternoon as Cefn Druids visit Jenner Park in the JD Cymru Premier (kick-off 2:30pm).

It has been a difficult couple of games on the road for Barry, with defeat coming to Haverfordwest County on Wednesday evening.

The Bluebirds were 2-1 winners at the Bridge Meadow Stadium, with Ben Fawcett scoring either side of Josh Graham’s first goal for the Town. Curtis McDonald was sent off for two bookable offences and will therefore miss this afternoon’s game.  

It will be good to get back to familiar surroundings, as we have not lost at Jenner Park since the opening day against The New Saints, and were 6-3 winners against Flint Town United in our last match on home turf.

Cefn Druids travel to South Wales in good form, having won their last two games to rise from bottom of the Cymru Premier table to ninth position.

The Ancients came from behind to beat Flint 2-1 on Tuesday night, as goals from Alex Darlington and Iwan Cartwright cancelled out Richie Foulkes’s opener.

Portuguese boss Bruno Lopes is in his first season in charge at The Rock, having previously coached in the USA and Singapore. Last season, the 36-year-old was Under-23s head coach at Portuguese Primeira Liga side Portimonense, and also had a spell as caretaker manager of the first team.

We have won our last two home games against Cefn Druids, with Chris Hugh’s superb solo goal proving decisive in a 1-0 victory last season. The year before, we came from behind to win 2-1, as Mo Touray’s 92nd minute goal secured all three points.

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.

Zoom catch-up with Gavin Chesterfield | December 18, 7:30pm

As Christmas approaches, we’re hosting a Q & A session with Gavin Chesterfield on Zoom tomorrow (Friday 18 December) at 7:30pm.

These catch-ups proved popular in the summer, and we know it has been hard for you to follow this season away from the Jenner Park stands, so this is your chance to discuss the campaign so far with Gavin and ask any questions you may have.

We hope you can join.

Zoom link:

Meeting ID: 663 941 7111
Passcode: jFn0Gq

Haverfordwest County vs Barry Town United | JD Cymru Premier Preview

We travel to Haverfordwest County in the JD Cymru Premier this evening (kick-off 7:45pm), aiming to bounce back from defeat to Caernarfon Town on Saturday.

We were beaten 2-0 at The Oval at the weekend – playing the final 37 minutes of the game with ten men following Luke Cooper’s red card, which means he will miss this evening’s game.

We are now fifth in the table ahead of the trip to the Bridge Meadow Stadium and are eager to return to winning ways.

Haverfordwest currently sit in seventh, and will have their sights set on finishing in the top six in their first season back in the top-flight.

They come into tonight’s game off the back of two consecutive matches against Cefn Druids – drawing 1-1 at the Bridge Meadow Stadium before losing 4-1 at The Rock four days ago.

Wayne Jones’s side will therefore feel they have a point to prove this evening as they seek only a second home win of the campaign.

We were 2-1 winners when the Bluebirds visited Jenner Park in another midweek clash at the end of September.

David Cotterill’s first half free-kick gave us the lead before Ben Fawcett equalised with a header after the break, but Nat Jarvis’s first goal in yellow and blue gave us all three points.

Our last visit to the Bridge Meadow Stadium came in the first round of last season’s Nathaniel MG Cup, when Haverfordwest were victors on a penalty shoot-out following a 1-1 draw in 120 minutes.

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 Bridge Meadow Stadium, but you will be able to follow this afternoon’s fixture through live updates on our Twitter page.

Share a Smile campaign raises an amazing £8,500

We are delighted to announce that our Share a Smile campaign has raised an amazing £8,500.

Since the campaign launched three weeks ago, the support has been superb from everyone associated with the club and beyond. From fancy dress training sessions in the academy and ladies teams to the first team squad donating a percentage of their wage, everyone at every level of the club has contributed to this incredible fundraising effort.

The campaign itself raised £7,021.50 and this evening that figure has been generously increased to £8,500 by our chairman Mark Barrett and his wife Jane.

The money raised will now be used to purchase specific gifts for children who have been put forward by the Vale of Glamorgan Council’s Social Services team. After a difficult year, we hope this provides them with a smile this Christmas.

Thank you to everyone who has fundraised, donated or played any part in our Share a Smile campaign. This really shows what our club can achieve when we all pull together!

Chairman Mark Barrett commented:

“I’m a very proud chairman this evening. The club as a whole have pulled together to raise a huge amount of money. This will put smiles on so many children’s faces on Christmas Day. Thank you to everyone who has worked so hard to fundraise and to those who have donated.”

Caernarfon Town vs Barry Town United | JD Cymru Premier Preview

We’re in North Wales this afternoon to face Caernarfon Town in the first of two away games in a row in the JD Cymru Premier (kick-off 2:30pm).  

We returned to winning ways last weekend with a 6-3 victory over Flint Town United. Jordan Cotterill, Sam Bowen, Kayne McLaggon, Luke Cooper and Nat Jarvis all got on the scoresheet in a nine-goal thriller at Jenner Park as we showed a clinical edge to see off the Silkmen.

The result has left us fourth in the Cymru Premier table, with games in hand over every other team in the top half apart from Penybont.  

Caernarfon currently sit in eighth, having beaten bottom of the table Cefn Druids 2-1 on Tuesday evening courtesy of goals from Cai Jones and Mike Hayes.

It was a first win in eight games for Huw Griffith’s side, who have conceded the second highest number of goals in the division but at the other end of the pitch have failed to score in just two of their games this season, so they remain a constant threat.

This will be our first trip to The Oval in over a year, as although both teams finished in the top six in 2019-20, the curtailment of the campaign due to coronavirus meant that we never travelled to Caernarfon in phase two.  

We will be looking to make amends for a 4-1 defeat in Gwynedd in November 2019, and can take confidence from our 3-1 win at Jenner Park earlier this season. A brace from Kayne McLaggon and a bullet header from Curtis McDonald gave us a three goal lead, before Mike Hayes’s finish proved only to be a consolation for the Canaries.

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.

Haverfordwest County vs Barry Town rearranged for Wednesday 16 December

We can confirm that our JD Cymru Premier fixture against Haverfordwest has been rearranged for Wednesday 16 December (kick-off 7:45pm).

The game had been scheduled for last night (Tuesday 8 December), but after a member of our squad showed symptoms of Covid-19, Public Health Wales strong advised that the game should be postponed until the results of a test had been received. We agreed with this recommendation as it is our job as a football club and as citizens to minimise the risk and protect our staff, players and those of Haverfordwest County.

Thankfully, the member of our squad has tested negative, and the game can now be played next week.

Barry Town United vs Flint Town United | JD Cymru Premier Preview

Credit: Will Cheshire

We are back at Jenner Park this afternoon as we kick off a busy festive fixture list against Flint Town United in the JD Cymru Premier (kick-off 2:30pm).

The first of six games over the next three weeks, we host The Silkmen after travelling to their near-neighbours Connah’s Quay Nomads last weekend.

Jordan Cotterill put us 1-0 up early on at Deeside, but the Nomads equalised almost straight away and went on to win 3-1. Plenty of promise was shown from Town, but ultimately the champions showed their clinical edge and came out on top.

Nonetheless, we remain fourth in the Cymru Premier table and will be looking to kick on this afternoon after a tricky period.

Flint, promoted from the Cymru North last season, currently sit second from bottom in the standings, having won just one of their last 10 games, losing the other nine. Niall McGuinness’s side are the only team in the division yet to draw a game this season.  

They also lost to Connah’s Quay Nomads in their most recent fixture, suffering a 2-0 defeat to Andy Morrison’s side on Tuesday evening.

We won 1-0 on our trip to the Essity Stadium earlier in the season as Kayne McLaggon’s second half penalty proved decisive in a tight game in front of the Sgorio cameras.

Our most recent meeting with Flint before that was the 2013 Welsh Cup quarter-final, when we were 2-0 victors and secured a place in the last four for the first time in a decade. It marked the first ever appearance of a fully-amateur Barry side at the Welsh Cup semi-final stage.

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.

Club statement: Clubhouse closure

Following the latest regulations set out by the Welsh Government, to safeguard the club we have taken the difficult decision to close the clubhouse following our game against Flint Town United on Saturday.

With COVID-19 continuing to force new and difficult trading conditions, our only option is to go into hibernation until these latest hospitality restrictions are relaxed.

On Friday 4 December we will open between 2pm and 6pm with normal service. On Saturday during our home game, we will be open serving non alcoholic drinks only from 1:30pm to 6pm and ask supporters to book tables in advance.

We hope to be back open and serving you all very soon, but if we do not see you before, we wish you a very happy Christmas with your families. We will all get through this together.

Thank you for your ongoing support – Lewis, Emily and all at Barry Town United.