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Cefn Druids vs Barry Town United | JD Cymru Premier Preview

Barry Town United will be aiming to return to winning ways this afternoon as they travel to Cefn Druids in the JD Cymru Premier (kick-off 2:30pm).

Gavin Chesterfield’s side suffered a 4-0 defeat to Connah’s Quay Nomads at Jenner Park last weekend, as two goals each from Michael Wilde and Jamie Insall gave the visitors victory. The challenge was made tougher for Barry following Jonathan Hood’s first half red card which left the team playing the final hour with ten men.

Cefn Druids meanwhile were involved in one of the two games that were postponed in the JD Cymru Premier last weekend, with The Rock overwhelmed by snow for their fixture against Cardiff Metropolitan University, making it therefore unplayable. They do however come into today’s game on the back of an impressive three straight wins against Caernarfon Town, Penybont and Carmarthen Town, scoring eight goals in the process. Half of these, including a 92nd minute winner at Penybont, have come from James Davies, who Barry will have to keep an eye out for this afternoon. Druids have climbed up the table as a result of their good form and currently sit in eighth position.

Chris Hugh’s excellent solo goal was the difference in a 1-0 victory for Barry when Druids visited Jenner Park in September. The meeting between the two sides at The Rock last season was a thoroughly entertaining one, with Barry emerging with a 5-2 win thanks to a hat-trick from Jordan Cotterill and one goal each for Kayne McLaggon and Mo Touray.

For this afternoon’s game Barry will be without George Ratcliffe who is away with the Wales Under-21s, as well as the suspended Jonathan Hood and injured midfield duo Robbie Patten and Troy Greening.

Tickets at The Rock this afternoon will cost £7 for adults, £4 for concessions and £1 for children.

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

The top two teams in the JD Cymru Premier go head to head this afternoon as Barry Town United welcome Connah’s Quay Nomads to Jenner Park (kick-off 2:30pm). The two sides are level on points, with Andy Morrison’s men ahead on goal difference having played a game more.

An injury-ravaged Barry side lost for the first time in the league last weekend as Caernarfon Town ran out 4-1 winners at the Oval. Kayne McLaggon’s penalty cancelled out Darren Thomas’s opener, but second half goals from Gruffydd John and Nathan Craig, as well as a Curtis Watkins own goal, gave the Cofis victory.

It means that Connah’s Quay are now the only unbeaten team left in the JD Cymru Premier, having recorded seven wins and six draws from 13 games. Their last two fixtures have ended in 1-1 draws against Aberystwyth Town and The New Saints, with Michael Wilde’s late equaliser earning a point against the reigning champions last weekend.

This afternoon will be the first meeting of the campaign between Barry and Connah’s Quay, with the four games involving the two sides last season proving to be tight encounters. The game at Jenner Park in phase one saw Barry win 2-0 thanks to goals from Kayne McLaggon and Mo Touray, while the points were shared in the other three fixtures with a pair of 1-1 draws in phase two following an exciting 2-2 draw at the Deeside Stadium in phase one.

Sion Spence and Clayton Green are both available again for today’s fixture after missing the defeat at Caernarfon through injury. Captain Jordan Cotterill is also in contention to feature for the first time since August following the conclusion of his suspension. George Ratcliffe, Robbie Patten and Callum Sainty have returned to training following their respective injuries.

Speaking ahead of the game, Gavin Chesterfield said:

“The players have trained well this week and we are looking forward to the challenge. We’ll have to be concentrated at all times to negate the threats of Connah’s Quay, but also focus on our game, as we carry threats of our own.”

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

Barry Town Vets: Over 60s begin with stalemate against Swansea

The Barry Town Vets Over 60s squad

Barry Town Vets over 60s kicked off their season with a scoreless draw against a strong Swansea outfit at Ystrad Mynach. Barry were the better side on the night with Price, Huish, Staddon and Brown controlling matters and Trevor Taylor, Morgan, Crothers and Bowker steady defensively.

The twin-pronged 70 year old attack of Lennon and particularly ‘Town’ legend, Dickie Batt forced former Swansea City stopper Alan Meacham into regular action and his inspired performance between the sticks helped secure an invaluable point for his team. On the 16th November several of the Barry Town players will line-up for Wales over 60s to face the auld enemy, England, at Jenner Park.

The over 55s consolidated their position at the top of their league with a superb 8-1 win over last years runners-up Llantrisant. The veterans lit up Jenner Park with some scintillating football and keeper Niblett was a relative spectator. Llantrisant came into this game with high hopes of an upset but from the off ‘Town’ dictated the game – Huish, Dyke, Marshall and Dupuy forcing the opposition into retreat and feeding their impressive front pairing of Sanderson and Bobbett, but it was an outstanding long ball from Gibbins that allowed Dyke to put Barry 1-0 up after 10 minutes.

Barry continued to torment their opponents and the goals soon flowed. Sanderson finished well after a superb first touch and his strike partner, the diminutive Bobbett, scored with two terrific headers. Both players went on to complete their hat-tricks. Dupuy completed the scoring on a day when defenders Staddon, Gibb, Gibbins and Murray were rarely troubled and ‘Town’ maintained the o55s unbeaten run. They now go into their match away to main rivals Swansea on 10th November with real confidence.  

After losing out narrowly to Continental in their last game, the over 50s travelled to Ebbw Vale to face a tough Merthyr Tydfil outfit with a weakened squad due to late withdrawals and fitness concerns. The hosts started well but Barry maintained their discipline and should have been 2-0 up after 15 minutes, Fredriksen spurning two golden opportunities. Disaster struck soon afterwards when the talismanic Averies had to leave the field with a hamstring tear and Merthyr soon capitalised, albeit fortuitously, after goalkeeper Harding had saved well.

A Liligreen effort was superbly saved by the home keeper but soon Averies’ central defensive partner Paul ’Smiler’ Sims was also in trouble with a calf strain, although he battled on manfully until the break. The Barry defensive cupboard was now bare and the experienced Merthyr attack took full advantage scoring their second, again fortuitously.

Liligreen gave Barry some hope with a crisp finish, but within minutes the hosts took full advantage of Barry’s lack of pace across the back to score a third and then fourth to put the game beyond the visitors. Luckily the 50s are without a fixture until 1st December, which should be enough time return to full fitness.

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 vs BARRY 55s / LLandarcy Sports / 2pm

Nov 17  Merthyr vs BARRY 60s / Ystrad Mynach Centre / 4.30pm

Nov 24  BARRY 55s vs Penybont / Jenner Park / 1pm             

Dec 1    Swansea vs BARRY 50s / LLandarcy Sports / 2pm

Dec 8    Barry 55s vs Merthyr (CUP) / Jenner Park / 11am

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  

Barry Town United vs Airbus UK | JD Cymru Premier Preview

Barry Town United are back at Jenner Park this afternoon for the first time in over a month, with Airbus UK the visitors (kick-off 2:30pm).

Since the 1-0 home win over Cefn Druids on September 22, we have beaten TNS and Newtown on the road before a 1-1 draw with Bala Town last weekend. Henry Jones gave the hosts the lead with a first time finish in the 19th minute at Maes Tegid, but Keyon Reffell’s equaliser on the stroke of half-time earned Barry a share of the points. The result extended our unbeaten run to ten matches and leaves us third in the table going into today’s fixture, with leaders Connah’s Quay Nomads and second place TNS having played two games more.

Airbus meanwhile are in eighth position following their 2-0 win over Newtown last weekend. Andy Owens grabbed a goal in each half to secure the victory for Steve O’Shaughnessy’s side, their third since promotion from the Cymru Alliance last season.

Our encounter at The Airfield earlier in the campaign ended in a 1-0 win for Barry, clinched by Kayne McLaggon’s goal in just the 10th minute. Today’s game will be just the second ever meeting between the two sides, and Airbus’s first visit to Jenner Park.

Troy Greening, Callum Sainty and Robbie Patten all remain injured for this afternoon’s fixture, while Jordan Cotterill will serve the penultimate game of his suspension.

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

Bala Town vs Barry Town United | JD Cymru Premier Preview

After a short break, Barry Town United return to JD Cymru Premier action this afternoon against Bala Town (kick-off 2:30pm).

Last week’s fixture against Penybont was postponed due to international call-ups, meaning that today’s visit to Maes Tegid is a third away game in a row for Gavin Chesterfield’s side. It follows the 1-0 win over The New Saints at the end of September and the 3-2 victory against Newtown a fortnight ago, secured through first goals for the club for Sion Spence and Keyon Reffell and a Kayne McLaggon penalty.

Bala meanwhile are currently on a three-game winning streak, having claimed victories over Carmarthen Town (2-1), Cefn Druids (3-0) and Aberystwyth Town (2-0) in recent weeks. The results have left the Lakesiders fourth in the table, with only TNS scoring more goals in total so far this season.

This afternoon will of course be our first visit to Maes Tegid since the historic 5-2 win in April that secured our qualification to Europa League. Bala were 2-0 up at the hour mark, but goals from Jordan Cotterill, Kayne McLaggon (two), Mo Touray and Drew Fahiya completed a magical comeback. Our first meeting this season was also an exciting affair, as a 2-2 draw was played out at Jenner Park. Barry twice leading through Fahiya and McLaggon, only for Lassana Mendes and Stuart Jones to equalise for Bala.

Ahead of today’s game, Jonathan Hood is available for selection again after recovering from injury. Troy Greening, Callum Sainty and Robbie Patten all remain sidelined though, while Jordan Cotterill is still suspended. The captain’s ban has been reduced however, and he will be eligible for our home fixture against Connah’s Quay Nomads in three weeks’ time.

Speaking this week, Gavin Chesterfield said:

“The boys have trained really well and looked fresh after a deserved rest. It’s a ground we have fond memories at, Bala have strengthened their team since last season but so have we. The game at Jenner Park in August was a tight affair and I expect another tough but exciting encounter”.

Across the Cymru Leagues, this weekend’s fixtures have been chosen as Show Racism the Red Card’s action match gameweek as part of October being their Month of Action 2019, and Barry Town United are hugely proud to support the initiative.

Tickets at Maes Tegid this afternoon will cost £6 for adults, £3 for concessions and £1 for children.

Club Statement: Jordan Cotterill

Following an appeal hearing on Thursday 17th October we can confirm captain Jordan Cotterill was found not guilty of assault and charged with the lesser offence of technical assault for his conduct towards the match referee in our first game of the season against Penybont on Friday 16th August.

Cotterill’s suspension originally would have seen him serve a ban of 182 days and miss 23 games; this suspension under the lesser charge has now been shortened to 10 games (plus one for a yellow card offence in the same game) of which Cotterill has already served eight.

Cotterill will therefore become available for selection ahead of our home game against Connah’s Quay Nomads on Saturday 9th November.

Barry Vets Defeat Newport To Stay Top

Paul Sanderson scored twice in the victory.

Current champions Barry Town Vets consolidated their position at the top of the over 55s League with a hard fought 6-2 win away to Newport in the Wales Veterans Football League. 

Barry travelled to Llanwern with a strong squad despite several late withdrawals, which demonstrates the depth of the over 55s group this term.

Barry once again started with real urgency, with Gibb, Huish, Marshall and Dupuy mostly controlling matters and creating several good opportunities to go ahead, particularly Dupuy, when well placed. Newport, as predicted, were a threat on the break, but apart from a momentary lapse when only a fine save by Barry goalkeeper John Jones denied the big number nine, Gibbins, Jones, Blackie and Staddon were watertight at the back.

Barry continued to create chances but lamentable finishing kept the scores level. Man-of-the-match Sanderson was causing constant problems for the Newport defence and on the half hour, he put Barry 1-0 up after good work by Gibbins. His strike partner, Bobbett, added a second shortly afterwards. On 38 minutes and against the run of play the hosts converted a controversial free-kick, only for the visitors to once again extend their lead, when a Gibb pass was clipped over the line by Dupuy, to give a more realistic scoreline going into half time.

Indecisive defending by Barry after the interval allowed Newport to grab a second goal and as a result the game became scrappy and disjointed, with the hosts sensing an upset. Substitute Welsh entered the fray and immediately converted a Sanderson flick-on, after pirouetting around the keeper and full back simultaneously! Minutes later a fine through ball by Huish was converted (in the end) by Sanderson to make the game safe. On the full time whistle, Longman fed Mark Jones and his probing ball forward allowed Welsh to tap in for his second and Barry’s sixth, continuing their unbeaten run.

On the 20th October Barry 50s play The Continental at Leckwith Stadium, whilst the over 60s kick-off their season on the same day against Swansea.

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 vs Continental / Leckwith / 2pm

Oct 20   BARRY 60s vs Swansea / Ystrad Mynach Centre / 4.30pm

Oct 27   BARRY 55s vs Llantrisant / Jenner Park / 2pm

Nov 3    Merthyr vs BARRY 50s / Penydarren Park / 2pm

Nov 10  Swansea vs BARRY 55s / LLandarcy Sports / 2pm

Nov 17  Merthyr vs BARRY 60s / Ystrad Mynach Centre / 4.30pm

Nov 24  BARRY 55s vs Penybont / Jenner Park / 1pm             

Dec 1    Swansea vs BARRY 50s / LLandarcy Sports / 2pm

Dec 8    Barry 55s vs Merthyr (CUP) / Jenner Park / 11am

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  

George Ratcliffe: “I aim to go to the top”

While the Wales senior team have two crucial Euro 2020 qualifiers this week, there is also an important fixture for the Under-21 side, as they face Moldova in qualification for the 2021 European Championships.

Lining up in goal for Paul Bodin’s side will be Barry Town United goalkeeper George Ratcliffe, on loan from Cardiff City. “It feels amazing,” the 19-year-old said when asked about being named in the squad. “I’m just glad that they’re seeing how well I’m doing with my club. Getting selected is an honour, as always.”

Having earned 11 caps for the Under-19 side, Ratcliffe made his debut for the Under-21s in June before featuring in both of their qualifying games against Belgium and Germany in September. “It’s been challenging,” he said. “I’ve made the step up from the Under 19s to the Under 21s now, so it’s a challenge, but I’m happy.”

Ratcliffe joined Barry in June, just as the club was preparing for the UEFA Europa League preliminary round tie against Cliftonville. It gave the goalkeeper the chance to bond with his new teammates straight away, as he explains: “It was a bit strange. I was a new boy and I hadn’t even trained, but I had to go away with the boys for the friendly out in Northern Ireland and then the European games. Obviously I didn’t play, but it was just about getting used to the team and gelling with the boys.”

Now, after four months at the club, Ratcliffe is loving life at Jenner Park. “It’s been amazing really,” he said. “I’ve settled in really well, getting to know the boys has been really good. I knew Gav before I came here so I had a relationship with him, and the same with Kends [Lee Kendall, goalkeeping coach] because he was my goalkeeping coach at Cardiff when I was younger. I think I’ve performed pretty well with the games I’ve had and enjoyed it.”

He has certainly impressed in his seven games so far, helping Barry hold the joint best defensive record in the JD Cymru Premier with three clean sheets. But Ratcliffe was keen to applaud those in front of him first and foremost: “I feel like the defence has done very well. They’ve been very organised and defended as well as they could, throwing their bodies on the line when they needed to. I’ve had to pull out a few saves here and there, but I haven’t had much to do to be honest, so most of the credit goes to the defence.”

The goalkeeper was also quick to praise the efforts of supporters so far this season: “They’ve been amazing. Home and away. Every away game feels like a home game because they’re so loud. They’ve been class to be fair, definitely the loudest fans in the league, I know that.”

One of Ratcliffe’s best performances so far came in the 1-0 win over The New Saints, as he made a number of impressive saves to keep out the perennial champions. “It was amazing,” he said of the victory at Park Hall. “I don’t really know the league as well as everyone else, but the way we talked about TNS before the game, I thought if we get a win then I’d be happy, never mind a clean sheet. So to come out with a clean sheet and a 1-0 win, there was no better result.”

Ratcliffe is one of a number of young players currently playing key roles at the club and spoke about playing senior football for the first time: “It’s a lot different to what I had when I was playing at Cardiff as I was playing Under 18s a lot. It’s a lot more physical, such as when you come out for crosses, that’s what I’d say is the biggest difference.

“It’s not so much quicker or more technical, but you’ve got to be more sensible with your decisions because every game is important. You have to be careful and try not to make any mistakes or do anything stupid.”

Last season, Ratcliffe was named as Cardiff City’s Academy Player of the Year after helping the Bluebirds’ Under-18 side win the Professional Development League 2 South title for the first time. Speaking about winning the award, he said: “To be honest I didn’t quite expect it. We won the league, so obviously you’d expect one of our strikers to get it. So when they did say that I’d won it I was surprised, but I felt like I had a good season, I was solid throughout and consistent in my performances. I was really happy.”

Despite the accolade coming as a surprise to the teenager, it showed him that next on the agenda should be securing experience in senior football, as he explains: “I feel like I needed to make the step up to senior football. Whether I was ready or not was irrelevant.

“I want to go right to the top, and I know you can’t just jump there straight away. You need to build your way up, and I feel like this was the right time to make the first step.”

Ratcliffe is clearly a determined individual, with his sights set firmly on accomplishing all he can in football: “I’ve been at Cardiff since I was eight, and my first aim is definitely to break into the first team. I aim to go to the top really, and you try not to settle for anything else.”

It’s an ambitious goal, but one you would not bet against Ratcliffe achieving.

Penybont fixture postponed

Barry Town United can confirm that our JD Cymru Premier fixture with Penybont on Saturday 12th of October has been postponed.

We are delighted that Sion Spence has joined George Ratcliffe in being called up for the Wales Under-21 squad against Moldova, but with Mo Touray on standby for the game as well, the club have invoked a rule that allows us to postpone a league fixture.

The decision was also made following injuries in our win over Newtown on Saturday, which added to the number of players already sidelined.

Gavin Chesterfield said: “Whilst I know supporters will be disappointed with the postponement of the game, it is fantastic to see both George and Sion selected for international duty. Both have made really good starts to their loan season with us and I’m delighted for them. It’s fantastic also to see FAW staff continuing to look at young players doing well in the JD Cymru Premier.”

The club apologise for any inconvenience caused, and a date for the rearranged fixture will be announced in due course.

Newtown AFC vs Barry Town United | JD Cymru Premier Preview

It’s a second away game in a row for Barry Town United this afternoon, as we travel to face Newtown AFC in the JD Cymru Premier (kick-off 2:30pm).

Gavin Chesterfield’s side will be aiming to build on last week’s superb 1-0 win over reigning champions TNS, secured by Evan Press’s thunderbolt in the 24th minute. The victory extended our lead at the top of the Cymru Premier table to four points, whilst also maintaining our unbeaten start to the season and 100% away record.

That accomplishment will be put to the test this afternoon though, as Newtown beat Barry in three of the four meetings between the two sides last season – including 2-0 and 3-0 triumphs at today’s venue, Latham Park. There was however a 4-1 victory for Barry at Jenner Park last December, which supporters will remember more fondly, with goals from Macauley Southam-Hales, Drew Fahiya, Luke Cooper and Jordan Cotterill.

Going into today’s meeting, Newtown sit seventh in the Cymru Premier table, having won two, drawn three and lost three of their eight games so far. Last weekend they were defeated 1-0 by Caernarfon Town at The Oval. Chris Hughes’s side are the lowest scorers in the division but do have the fourth best defence, so don’t expect many goals this afternoon – especially considering there hasn’t been more than one in any of Barry’s last five fixtures!

Troy Greening, Jonathan Hood, Robbie Patten and Callum Sainty all remain unavailable due to injury today, although Patten has returned to light training. Jordan Cotterill is still suspended.

Previewing today’s match, Gavin Chesterfield said:

“Newtown have got a really good record at home, they’re a really well coached team and we’ve had some good games against them in the past.

“It’s a really difficult challenge but a challenge we look forward to. We go there full of confidence, we’re eight games in now and five clean sheets is a really positive step and hopefully that will continue.

“The secret to all our success so far, particularly away from home, has been humility, hard work, togetherness and sticking to the game plan. If the lads keep that going, then hopefully we can get something positive.”

Tickets at Latham Park this afternoon will cost £7 for adults, £5 for OAPs, 16-18 year-olds and students, and just £1 for Under 16s.