Category: Match Previews

Barry Town United vs Caernarfon Town | JD Cymru Premier preview

It is a second home game in a row to start the 2020/21 JD Cymru Premier season for Barry Town United, as Caernarfon Town visit Jenner Park this afternoon (kick-off 2:30pm).

The New Saints came to South Wales last weekend and emerged 3-0 victors, with all the goals coming in the second half following a bright first period from Barry.

Caernarfon were also at home a week ago, drawing 1-1 with Penybont. They were then in action again in midweek, winning 3-2 away at Newtown. The Cofis twice trailed at Latham Park, but Noah Edwards’ goal in the 79th minute secured all three points. It means that Huw Griffiths’ side begin this afternoon’s game second in the table, only behind leaders Aberystwyth Town (who have played one game more) on goals scored.

Both of the Jenner Park games between Barry and Caernarfon last season ended level – a 0-0 stalemate in phase one followed by a 1-1 draw in phase two when Mo Touray’s opener was quickly cancelled out by Darren Thomas. An injury-ravaged Barry side lost 4-1 away from home in phase one, but didn’t get the chance to make amends at the Oval due to the season being cut short because of the coronavirus pandemic. The points-per-game model saw the Cofis finish the campaign in fifth, one place below Barry.

Looking ahead to the game, Gavin Chesterfield said:

“Whilst we were disappointed with the result last week there was much to like about our performance; particularly in the first half. It’s important we respond with another strong performance and hopefully a result this week. Caernarfon are a good, honest and hard-working bunch of lads who have players that carry a threat but we feel that we are getting stronger and that new relationships and understandings are developing with each session.”

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 The New Saints | JD Cymru Premier preview

We begin our 2020/21 JD Cymru Premier campaign this afternoon by hosting The New Saints (kick-off 2:30pm).

It is just over three weeks since our Europa League defeat to NSI Runavík, and the squad have been eager ever since to right the wrongs from the Faroe Islands. Friendlies against AFC Bitton, Swansea City Under 23s and Haverfordwest have proved excellent preparation for the season ahead.

A week after our Europa League exit, The New Saints were in action in the competition’s first qualifying round, and beat Slovakian side MSK Zilina 3-1 at home after extra-time to set up an away trip to B36 Torshavn of the Faroe Islands in the second qualifying round.

That fixture is in three days’ time, but for now their focus will be on the Cymru Premier as they look to regain top spot in the table. It is the first time since 2011 that the Oswestry outfit will not begin the season as title holders after Connah’s Quay Nomads were declared champions on a points-per-game basis in May when the decision was taken to curtail the league due to the coronavirus pandemic.  

Of the four meetings between these two sides last season, TNS won two, Barry won one and there was one draw. Both of Scott Ruscoe’s side’s victories came at Jenner Park, while both of our trips to Park Hall were ones to remember. In phase one, Evan Press’s first goal for the club – a bullet strike from outside of the box – secured a 1-0 win. Then in what proved to be our final game before lockdown, we drew 2-2 thanks to an Aeron Edwards own goal in second half stoppage time, having trailed 2-0 at half-time.

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.    

Looking ahead to the game, Gavin Chesterfield said:

“The first game of the season is always exciting as all teams embark upon a new adventure. However, this year the emotions are slightly different as I didn’t expect the season to start in September. Regardless as a club we are determined to attack the season and be as competitive as ever. TNS will be formidable opponents but we have prepared well and as always we are excited by the challenge.”

NSÍ Runavík vs Barry Town United | UEFA Europa League Preview

It’s gameday!

For the first time since March 6, Barry are in competitive action as we take on Faroese side NSÍ Runavík in the preliminary round of the 2020/21 UEFA Europa League (kick-off 6pm).

Qualification for this season’s competition was secured with a fourth place finish in the JD Cymru Premier after the league was halted due to the coronavirus pandemic and the table decided on a points per game model. It is our second successive campaign in the Europa League, following the encounter with Cliftonville of Northern Ireland in the preliminary round last summer.

NSÍ are regulars in European competition, but have failed to progress from a tie in 13 attempts. In 2019/20 they were defeated in the Europa League preliminary round 2-0 on aggregate by Ballymena United. Barry will be their fourth opponent in Europe from the United Kingdom, following on from Fulham, Linfield, Hibernian and the aforementioned Ballymena. They qualified this time around by finishing third in the 2019 Faroe Islands Premier League. In the 2020 campaign, which started in May, they are currently fourth.

With club colours of yellow and black, NSÍ’s entire squad is Faroese apart from Dane Jesper Christjansen. They are captained by Klæmint Olsen, the all-time top goalscorer in the Faroese top-flight, who scored against Spain in a Euro 2020 qualified last year. Swede Glenn Ståhl was appointed as manager at the start of the current Faroese season. The Runavík Stadium usually hosts their league fixtures, but this evening’s game will be played at the picturesque Svangaskarð, just down the road in Toftir.

The reward for the winner of this evening’s tie is a trip to Scottish Premiership side Aberdeen in the first qualifying round on Thursday 27th August.

Speaking ahead of the game, manager Gavin Chesterfield said:

“Last year we were well prepared and had done our homework, but went to Northern Ireland a bit wide-eyed. But there’s no doubt in my mind that what happened last year will stand us in good stead this time around.

“This year we’ll go into the game with a bit more experience, especially experience of how to deal with big occasions, and that will be key.

“There’s a great feel-good factor in the camp. The friendlies we’ve had have been really good preparation and the lads’ mentality and attitude has been fantastic.”

Upon UEFA’s request, this evening’s game is being played behind-closed-doors, but we will be streaming the match live on our Facebook page. Meanwhile, the clubhouse at Jenner Park will be open from 3:30pm to welcome supporters and host a matchday atmosphere whilst complying with social distancing guidelines. Commemorative match tickets will also be on sale.

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

The JD Cymru Premier resumes tonight as Barry Town United travel to Park Hall to face The New Saints live on Sgorio (kick-off 8pm).

It has been a difficult start to phase two for the reigning champions, with defeats to Newtown and Connah’s Quay Nomads either side of a 1-1 draw with Bala Town leaving Scott Ruscoe’s side four points behind league leaders the Nomads. If they fail to win this evening, it would be the first time in 14 years that TNS will have gone four league games without a victory. However, they did return to winning ways in the JD Welsh Cup last weekend with a 6-1 win over Newtown, as four goals from Dean Ebbe saw them progress to the semi-finals.

Meanwhile, Barry’s last outing was a 1-1 draw with Caernarfon Town at Jenner Park a fortnight ago. Mo Touray capitalised on a defensive mistake to give us the lead just after the hour mark, but the Cofis equalised almost instantly when Darren Thomas scored from close range. It means that we go into tonight’s game in fourth place, seven points off Bala in third but with a game in hand.

The last meeting between Barry and TNS ended 4-1 to the Saints at Jenner Park in December, however Gavin Chesterfield’s side are unbeaten in their last two visits to Park Hall. Evan Press’ thunderbolt and some heroic defending secured a 1-0 victory in Oswestry earlier this season, whilst a 96th minute free-kick from Jonathan Hood rescued a 2-2 draw one year ago.

David Cotterill has unfortunately been ruled out on tonight’s game with a hamstring problem, whilst Clayton Green remains suspended after reaching the limit for number of yellow cards received. Callum Sainty and Troy Greening remain injured, but Robbie Patten, Jack Compton and Keyon Reffell all returned to the matchday squad against Caernarfon a fortnight ago and will hope to be involved again tonight.

Tickets at Park Hall for this game will cost £8 for adults, £4 for concessions and £1 for juniors.

Barry Town United vs Caernarfon Town | JD Cymru Premier Preview

Barry Town United welcome Caernarfon Town to Jenner Park in the JD Cymru Premier this afternoon (kick-off 2:30pm).

Storm Dennis caused havoc around the country last weekend, and led to our trip to Newtown being postponed, meaning Gavin Chesterfield’s side are in action today for the first time in two weeks. A fortnight ago, our first fixture of phase two saw Connah’s Quay Nomads walk away from Jenner Park with a 1-0 victory. Michael Wilde’s goal in the fourth minute was all that separated the two sides, as Barry were forced to play the final 50 minutes with ten men following Kayne McLaggon’s red card. The performance merited at least a point as Mo Touray, Chris Hugh and debutant David Cotterill all came close to scoring.  

Meanwhile, Caernarfon are still searching for their first points under new manager Huw Griffiths, who was appointed at the start of the month. His opening two games have ended in defeat as both Bala Town (2-1) and Connah’s Quay (4-0) have claimed victory over the Cofis, who are now on a run of seven games without a win in the league. They sit in sixth, one point behind fifth place Newtown and six behind Barry in fourth, having played a game more than both teams.  

Caernarfon became the first team to beat Barry in the league this season when they claimed a 4-1 victory at the Oval at the start of November. An injury-ravaged Barry side put up a good fight as 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 the three points. It ended honours even in the most recent Jenner Park meeting between the two sides as a 0-0 draw was played out in September.

The last two weeks have seen both Keyon Reffell and Jack Compton return to training following their respective injuries, while long-term absentee Robbie Patten is also in contention for the matchday squad, having not featured for Barry since August. In addition, Kayne McLaggon’s red card against Connah’s Quay has been overturned, meaning he is eligible to play. Callum Sainty and Troy Greening remain on the sidelines.  

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

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

Phase two of the JD Cymru Premier begins this afternoon as Barry Town United host Connah’s Quay Nomads (kick-off 2:30pm).

Barry ended phase one with an emphatic 7-1 win over Carmarthen Town as Kayne McLaggon, Mo Touray, Luke Cooper, Jack Compton, Clayton Green and Evan Press all got on the score sheet at Jenner Park. Following results last night, we go into our first match of the Championship Conference four points behind Bala Town in third and five clear of Newtown in fifth.

Connah’s Quay meanwhile head into the final ten games of the season in second position, four points behind league leaders The New Saints. They fell to a 2-1 defeat to Scott Ruscoe’s side in the final game of phase one, despite going in front at Park Hall through Michael Wilde’s goal. The Nomads have been in cup action in the last couple of weeks, beating Afan Lido 8-0 in the Welsh Cup fourth round a fortnight ago before winning the Nathaniel MG Cup last Saturday with a 3-0 win over STM Sports.

Both games between Barry and Connah’s Quay so far this season have ended in victory for Andy Morrison’s side – 4-0 at Jenner Park in November and 2-0 at Deeside in early January. Gavin Chesterfield will look to last season for happier memories against today’s opponents, when Barry remained unbeaten in all four league meetings.

Kyle Patten and David Cotterill, who signed for the club on the penultimate day of the transfer window, are both in contention to make their debuts this afternoon. Meanwhile there’s good news for Robbie Patten and Keyon Reffell who are back in training after injury. Jack Compton has unfortunately picked up an injury in the mid-season break, and joins Callum Sainty and Troy Greening on the sidelines.

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

“I’m expecting organisation, quality and experience from Connah’s Quay – everything you expect in a top team. That’s what the top six brings now. It’s relentless week in, week out and you have to show your mettle. So far this season we’ve had some frustrating encounters against them, so it’s important that we bounce back and give a good account of ourselves.”

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

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.

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.