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

This afternoon we play our final away game of the regular JD Cymru Premier season as we travel to The New Saints (kick-off 2:30pm).

It is our second fixture against a title-chasing side in the space of five days following a 2-1 defeat to Connah’s Quay Nomads on Tuesday night.

We deservedly took the lead midway through the second half against Andy Morrison’s side as Theo Wharton scored his first goal for the club from a tight angle.

However, the game turned nine minutes later when the Nomads were awarded a penalty in the box. The decision was a baffling one, as Jamie Bird had appeared to make a perfectly clean tackle in the box on Declan Poole. Callum Morris put the spot-kick away and then Craig Curran completed the turnaround less than two minutes later.

Despite the result, it was a strong performance that provided Gavin Chesterfield with plenty of encouragement ahead of these final two league fixtures and the European playoffs.

Also on Tuesday, TNS ran out convincing 3-0 winners against Penybont thanks to second half goals from Ben Clark, Ryan Brobbel and Leo Smith.

It was a first victory in four games for Anthony Limbrick’s side and kept them two points behind the Nomads in the race for the title.  

TNS’s dreams of regaining the trophy would be over if they drop points this afternoon and their rivals at Deeside beat Caernarfon Town.

The Oswestry outfit have won all three of their games against Barry so far this season, but we have taken a point from Park Hall on our phase two visits there in both of the last two years.

On both occasions we came from two goals down to draw 2-2. In 2018/19, Jon Hood’s sensational free-kick in the 96th-minute levelled the affair, while there was also late drama last year as Luke Cooper bundled home in the 92nd-minute.

Speaking after Tuesday night’s defeat, Gavin Chesterfield said:

“Saturday will be another tough game for us. But it’s important that we keep our performance level from tonight for the spirit of competition, for the integrity of the league and to try to build some form going into the playoffs.

“Park Hall is a tough place to go, but we’ve arguably got a better record than most other teams there over the last couple of years. I hope we turn up with a good performance again and translate that into a good result.”

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

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

Tonight is our penultimate home game of the regular JD Cymru Premier season as Connah’s Quay Nomads visit Jenner Park (kick-off 7:45pm).

We suffered a 4-1 defeat to Bala Town on Saturday afternoon, which leaves us fifth in the table with three matches remaining.

It has been a difficult period for us results-wise, but performances have remained encouraging and our aim is to now finish the campaign as strongly as possible in preparation for the European playoffs.

Nomads make the trip south hoping to take a step towards a second successive league title. Andy Morrison’s side currently sit two points ahead of The New Saints.

The race for top spot is set to go down to the wire, and the two teams played out a 0-0 draw at Deeside on Saturday that made deciding the destination of the trophy no easier.

That followed Nomads’ 2-1 defeat to Bala Town – only their third loss of the campaign – and they have not gone three games without a win all season.

However all three of our matches against Connah’s Quay so far in 2020/21 have been closely-fought encounters.

A 0-0 stalemate was played out at Jenner Park in October, before Nomads came from behind to win 3-1 at Deeside the following month.

When we returned to Flintshire in April, Michael Wilde’s first half header proved the difference as the hosts won 1-0 but Barry were unlucky not to take at least a point after several second half chances.  

Looking ahead to the game, Gavin Chesterfield said:

“It’s a tough week for us. We had Bala last weekend who qualified for Europe, Nomads are pushing for the title and the same for TNS on Saturday. It doesn’t get any harder than that in the Cymru Premier, but they’re great challenges.

“We’re down at the moment, but I feel as if we’re getting somewhere that we need to be and there’s lots to like about our performances. With a little bit more care and quality in the final third, we’ve got lots to offer and can be a match for anyone.”

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 the fixture through live updates on our Twitter page and watch the action live on Sgorio’s Facebook and YouTube pages, as well as S4C Clic.  

Barry Town United vs Bala Town | JD Cymru Premier Preview

After two away games, we return to Jenner Park on Saturday afternoon to host Bala Town in the JD Cymru Premier (kick-off 2:30pm).

We suffered a disappointing 2-0 defeat to Penybont on Tuesday night, as goals from Nathan Wood and Kane Owen gave the Bridgend outfit all three points.

It means that we go into Saturday’s match fifth in the Cymru Premier table five points behind Bont, and we are now keen to finish the regular league season as well as possible as we prepare for the European playoffs.

Bala will confirm their place in the Europa Conference League on Saturday afternoon if they equal or better Penybont’s result against Caernarfon Town. It would be the seventh time in nine years that they have qualified for continental competition.

Colin Caton’s men produced a surprise 2-1 win over reigning champions and league leaders Connah’s Quay Nomads on Wednesday night. George Horan scored an own goal in the first half before Henry Jones doubled Bala’s lead in the second, with Callum Morris pulling one back for Nomads from the penalty spot. Centre-back Nathan Peate was sent off for the Lakesiders.

Of course it was only last weekend that we travelled up to Maes Tegid, where a tightly-contested encounter ended 1-0 to Bala thanks to a second half Lassana Mendes goal.

However, the Lakesiders have only won on one of their last four visits to Jenner Park. Their trip to south Wales in phase one this season was particularly memorable for Barry as goals from Kayne McLaggon, Evan Press, Chris Hugh and Curtis Hutson secured a sensational 6-2 win.

Due to a Welsh Government and FAW ruling, games must currently be played behind-closed-doors until stated otherwise and your support will be hugely missed at Jenner Park.

While we appreciate the importance of social media in a time where supporters are sadly not allowed in stadiums, this weekend we are joining all other JD Cymru Premier clubs, the Football Association of Wales and the wider football community in boycotting all platforms.

This means that we will not be providing updates for Saturday’s game, but we feel it is important to take this stand, show our support and send a clear message.

Please follow Y Clwb Pêl-Droed and the Cymru Leagues website and app for updates during the match.  

Barry Town United to join social media boycott

We at Barry Town United stand with all other JD Cymru Premier clubs, the Football Association of Wales and the wider football community in taking part in a boycott of all social media platforms over the coming days.

The increased level of online abuse directed at players and those involved with the game in recent months is disgusting and unacceptable. Something must be done to stop the spread of hatred and discrimination.

Between 15:00 on Friday 30 April and 23:59 on Monday 3 May, we will fall silent on social media to show solidarity in this coordinated fight against online abuse. We hope this sparks a conversation and triggers real change.

While we appreciate the importance of social media in a time where supporters are sadly not allowed in stadiums, we feel it is important to take this stand, show our support and send a clear message.

Enough is enough.


Rydyn ni yn Barry Town United yn sefyll gyda’r holl glybiau Uwch Gynghrair Pêl Droed JD Cymru, Cymdeithas Bêl-droed Cymru a’r gymuned bêl-droed ehangach wrth gymryd rhan mewn boicot o’r holl lwyfannau cyfryngau cymdeithasol dros y dyddiau nesaf.

Mae’r cynnydd sylweddol o gam-drin ar-lein sydd wedi’i gyfeirio at chwaraewyr a’r rhai sy’n ymwneud â’r gêm yn ystod y misoedd diwethaf yn ffiaidd ac yn annerbyniol. Mae’n hanfodol gweithredu i atal y casineb a’r gwahaniaethu rhag lledaenu.

Rhwng 15:00 ar ddydd Gwener 30ain o Ebrill a 23:59 ar ddydd Llun 3ydd o Fai, ni fyddwn yn cyhoeddi ar gyfryngau cymdeithasol, i ddangos undod yn y frwydr gydlynol hon yn erbyn cam-drin ar-lein. Gobeithio y bydd hyn yn sbarduno trafodaethau hanfodol a newidiadau parhaus.

Er ein bod yn gwerthfawrogi pwysigrwydd cyfryngau cymdeithasol mewn cyfnod lle yn anffodus ni chaniateir cefnogwyr ar y safle neu i’r stadiwm, rydym yn teimlo ei bod yn bwysig cymryd y camau hyn, dangos ein cefnogaeth ac anfon neges glir.

Digon yw digon.

FAW Fair Play campaign

This weekend the FAW in partnership with Nationwide will be promoting the FAW Fair Play campaign.

For Saturday’s game against Bala Town, both teams, as well as the match officials will be wearing patches with the FAW Fair Play logos on them and displaying the Chwarae Teg CBDC pennant to promote the Fair Play message.

The FAW Fair Play Code aims to raise the profile of the Fair Play message by inspiring players, clubs, officials and supporters to maintain good on-field discipline including abiding by the Laws of the Game, respecting opponents, referees and promoting the interests of football.

To encourage good behaviour, the FAW will periodically publish Disciplinary Tables for each of the National Leagues via a dedicated page on the FAW website. Those topping each table at the end of the season are awarded a Fair Play Award and a prize of £1000 to be spent on improving facilities at your club.

Previous winners of the Award have invested the money on an upgrade to dressing rooms, new equipment such as balls, bibs, kit and improving the pitch.

Nationwide, which was sparked into action following growing levels of abuse towards its branch and call centre employees, has pledged to ensure that all football payers across the UK are aware of mutual respect and have the appropriate tools to educate all those involved in the beautiful game.

Research from Nationwide shows that the UK is experiencing increased levels of disrespect, with 66 per cent of Brits saying levels have become unacceptable and 71 per cent feeling that the problem has got worse in the last two years.

For more information on the FAW Fair Play Award and Off the Pitch initiatives, please visit the Discipline section of the FAW website:

www.faw.cymru/en/about-faw/pitch/fa-wales-fair-play/

www.faw.cymru/en/about-faw/pitch/social-media-advice/

Penybont vs Barry Town United | JD Cymru Premier Preview

It is a second consecutive away game in the JD Cymru Premier for Town this evening as we make the short trip to Penybont (kick-off 7:45pm).

Lassana Mendes scored the only goal of the game as we were beaten 1-0 by Bala Town on Saturday afternoon, but there was no lack of hunger or effort from the Barry team at Maes Tegid and a win seems only around the corner.

However, the weekend’s result does now leave us nine points behind Bala in third, meaning it is looking increasingly likely that we will compete in the end of season playoffs for European qualification.

The same fate seems to await Penybont, who moved into fourth spot on Saturday as they won 2-0 against Caernarfon Town.

Kostya Georgievsky opened the scoring for Bont in the first half, before Nathan Wood made the three points safe as he struck in second half stoppage time.

We of course only played Rhys Griffiths’s side at home a week ago, as a thrilling encounter ended 3-3.

Goals from Jamie Bird, Kayne McLaggon and David Cotterill put us 3-1 up at halftime, but Penybont fought back after the break and earned a 3-3 draw.

Kane Owen’s penalty was decisive in a 1-0 win for Bont on our visit to the SDM Glass Stadium earlier this season, but we have fonder memories of our short trip west in 2019/20 as a Jon Hood wonder goal secured a 2-1 victory on the opening day of the campaign.

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 SDM Glass Stadium, but you will be able to follow this evening’s fixture through live updates on our Twitter page.

Bala Town vs Barry Town United | JD Cymru Premier Preview

A trip to Bala Town this afternoon will see us make it to the halfway stage of this season’s JD Cymru Premier Championship Conference (kick-off 2:30pm).

We were disappointed to only take a point from our encounter with Penybont on Tuesday night. Goals from Jamie Bird, Kayne McLaggon and David Cotterill put us 3-1 up at halftime, but Rhys Griffiths’s men fought back after the break and earned a 3-3 draw.

The result kept us fourth and one point ahead of fifth-place Penybont in the Cymru Premier table, while we are eight points behind Bala in third.

The playoffs are looking an increasingly likely prospect for Town, but a win at Maes Tegid this afternoon would set up an interesting final five fixtures.

Bala were beaten by a pair of late goals against Connah’s Quay Nomads in midweek, as Declan Poole and George Horan struck in the 86th and 89th minutes respectively to secure a 2-0 win for the reigning champions.  

It means that Colin Caton’s side have won two and lost two of their four Championship Conference matches so far, as they aim to qualify for Europe for the seventh time in nine years.

Our two meetings with Bala in phase one this season were both high-scoring affairs.

In October, an injury-ravaged Barry squad travelled to Maes Tegid and were beaten 4-0 with Chris Venables scoring a first half hat-trick.

However revenge was enacted in emphatic fashion when the Lakesiders visited Jenner Park last month. Despite conceding within the first 90 seconds, we fought back to claim a sensational 6-2 win as Kayne McLaggon, Evan Press, Chris Hugh and Curtis Hutson all got on the scoresheet.

Speaking after the draw with Penybont, Gavin Chesterfield said:

“The one thing we will never do is feel sorry for ourselves. The trip to Bala is a tough game, but a challenge we look forward to. I know for a fact the lads are hurting tonight, because they feel this draw is like a loss. I’m with them on that, but they’ll be ready to respond on Saturday.”

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

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.