Category: Match Previews

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.

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.

Penybont vs Barry Town United | JD Cymru Premier Preview

A week after facing Penybont at Jenner Park, we travel to the SDM Glass Stadium this evening for the reverse fixture in the JD Cymru Premier (kick-off 7:45pm).

Sam Snaith scored the only goal of the game in a 1-0 win for Rhys Griffiths’s side last Tuesday, the first time in three meetings that they had emerged victorious since their promotion to the Cymru Premier.

It means that we will be seeking revenge as we make the short trip west this evening, visiting the SDM Glass Stadium for the first time since the opening day of the 2019-20 campaign when a trademark Jon Hood wondergoal helped us come from behind to win 2-1.

This season, both sides are in strong positions to qualify for the top six. Penybont’s win last week meant that they temporarily went above us in the table, but the weekend’s results saw Town go back up to fourth and Bont slip to fifth.

Nat Jarvis’s 87th minute goal secured a 1-0 victory for Barry against Aberystwyth on Saturday to make it two wins from three since the restart.

Meanwhile, Penybont earned a 0-0 draw against league leaders Connah’s Quay Nomads, meaning Rhys Griffiths’s side are unbeaten in three since their loss to Newtown a fortnight ago. They have not gone four matches without a loss since being back in the top-flight.

Looking ahead to the match, Gavin Chesterfield said:

“It will be a difficult game for both sides. We didn’t show ourselves last Tuesday and I’ve got to give Penybont credit for that. We’ll give it our absolute best in what will no doubt be a really good, competitive affair.”

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 afternoon’s fixture through live updates on our Twitter page.

Barry Town United vs Aberystwyth Town| JD Cymru Premier Preview

Jenner Park hosts Cymru Premier football for the second time in five days this afternoon as Aberystwyth Town make the trip to south Wales (kick-off 2:30pm).

We are aiming to bounce back from our defeat to Penybont on Tuesday evening, as a second half Sam Snaith goal proved decisive in a 1-0 win for the Bridgend outfit. We finished the game with 10 men following Clayton Green’s red card.

The result meant that Rhys Griffiths’s side went above us in the Cymru Premier table and we are now fifth with four games of phase one remaining.

However, Tuesday was only our second home defeat of the season, so we are keen to make amends and return to form this afternoon as the fight to secure a top six spot continues.

It was a much more enjoyable night on Tuesday for Aberystwyth as they won 2-1 against Haverfordwest County.

After Jamie Reed had given the Seasiders the lead, Ben Fawcett’s equaliser looked to have earned the Bluebirds a point, but Lee Jenkins popped up with a header in the 94th minute to win the game for Gavin Allen’s men.

It was Aberystwyth’s second stoppage time goal in as many games following Jamie Veale’s 96th minute equaliser in a 2-2 draw against Caernarfon Town last weekend, and helped the Ceredigion club move off the bottom of the table and up to 10th. The battle to avoid relegation remains as tight as ever.

We have won our last five games against Aberystwyth and are yet to lose to the Seasiders since we were promoted back to the top-flight in 2017.

Earlier this season, we trailed 1-0 at Park Avenue and were also reduced to 10 men, but staged a superb comeback thanks to goals from Kayne McLaggon and Jordan Cotterill in the space of three minutes to win 2-1.

Speaking after our defeat to Penybont, Gavin Chesterfield said:

“The best thing now is the games keep coming thick and fast and we have a chance to respond on Saturday against Aberystwyth. We take our home record very seriously. Tonight was only the second time we’ve lost at home this season, with the first being against TNS in the first game. It won’t be an easy match, but we’re excited for 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 afternoon’s fixture through live updates on our Twitter page.

Barry Town United vs Penybont | JD Cymru Premier Preview

It is the season’s first instalment of the Five Mile Lane Derby tonight as we play host to Penybont in the JD Cymru Premier (kick-off 7:45pm). The game will be shown live on Sgorio’s Facebook and YouTube channels as well as on S4C Clic.

After the league’s two and a half month hiatus, we returned to action at the weekend with a 1-0 win over Cefn Druids.

David Cotterill scored the only goal of the game from the penalty spot in the 44th after Nat Jarvis had been brought down in the box.

The result kept us fourth in the Cymru Premier table on 27 points, knowing that fixtures over the next week could prove decisive in securing a spot in the top six.

We are unbeaten in our last seven games at Jenner Park (five wins, two draws), not suffering defeat on home turf since the opening weekend of the season.  

Penybont are three points us behind in fifth, having enjoyed a strong season to date. After being 10th when the 2019-20 campaign was curtailed, the Bridgend side have three wins from their last five games and are now aiming for a top half finish.

Rhys Griffiths’s side have already played twice since the resumption of the Cymru Premier, losing 2-0 to Newtown last Tuesday before winning 1-0 against Flint Town United on Saturday thanks to Nathan Wood’s early strike.

We won both of our games against Penybont last season following their promotion to the top-flight in the 2018-19 campaign.

After winning 2-1 at the SDM Glass Stadium in the opening game of the season, we then claimed a 3-0 victory at Jenner Park courtesy of goals from Clayton Green, Luke Cummings and Kayne McLaggon. Current Barry pair Mikey George and Curtis Hutson were wearing the blue of Penybont that day.

Commenting on Penybont after our win over Cefn Druids, Gavin Chesterfield said:

“Penybont are having a good season, and won today [Saturday], so we look forward to the challenge. It’ll be great to be back at Jenner Park.

“We’ll look after the boys, make sure rehab is done properly and we recover well so we’re in the best possible position to go out on Tuesday and hopefully come away with another 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 evening’s fixture on Sgorio and through live updates on our Twitter page.

Cefn Druids vs Barry Town United | JD Cymru Premier Preview

After 11 weeks of no competitive football, we are back in JD Cymru Premier action this afternoon as we travel to Cefn Druids (kick-off 2:30pm).

Our last game before the break was actually our home fixture against Druids, which we won 4-1 thanks to a brace from Kayne McLaggon, Jacob Wise’s own goal and a mesmerising run and finish from Sam Bowen.

It left us fourth in the Cymru Premier table, with our final six games of phase one all set to be played in the next four weeks.

We have made three new signings since we were last in action, and Lee Idzi, Rhys Kavanagh and Jamie Bird are all in contention for their debuts at The Rock this afternoon.

The hosts are struggling towards the wrong end of the table, with Newtown’s win over Penybont in midweek meaning that Druids slipped into the bottom two.

However the battle to avoid relegation from the Cymru Premier is ridiculously tight this year, so Bruno Lopes’s side will know that every point will be crucial in escaping trouble.

Druids have conceded the joint most goals in the league (37) and scored the second fewest (17) but did win their last match on home turf 4-1 against Haverfordwest County.

We narrowly lost 1-0 at The Rock last season, but supporters will have fonder memories of our trip to Wrexham in 2018/19 when we were 5-2 winners thanks to a hat-trick from Jordan Cotterill and a goal each from Kayne McLaggon and Mo Touray.

Looking ahead to today’s game, Gavin Chesterfield said:

“While we got the win over Cefn Druids in December, there are no easy games in this league at all. We know it will be a challenge but we go there with excitement and will give it our best to hopefully come out the other end with three points. The lads have been training hard over the last couple of weeks and they’re excited just as I am.”

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