Category: Match Previews

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

Tomorrow we travel to the Park Hall Stadium to face a TNS side that sit top in the JD Welsh Premier League after the opening 5 games of the season.

Gavin Chesterfield has described this Saturday’s 17:15 kick-off as always ‘a tough game’ but also noted that we’re in a ‘good place’ following 4 successive wins. After a tremendous 1-0 victory last week against reigning league champions Connah’s Quay Nomads, our players will be travelling to Oswestry full of confidence and hoping to come away with a positive result.

Our opponents have begun the season in fine form and are unbeaten coming into this match. However, at Penybont last week, the league leaders were lucky to come away with a point after Declan McManus salvaged a late goal for The New Saints thereby earning them a 1-1 draw. 

Notable results during the early exchanges of this season for the league leaders include a convincing 4-1 win at Newtown as well as a 5-3 victory over Caernarfon Town on home soil. Indeed, TNS average 3 goals a game so far this term in the Cup and Cymru Premier League, a stat our defence must be wary of. Nevertheless, Gavin and the players will be confident they can keep the TNS attack quiet after a similarly impressive start to the season, having only conceded 5 goals in our opening 7 games, scoring 16 goals ourselves.

Last season, we failed to beat TNS on three occasions, in the two corresponding fixtures in Oswestry we fell 2-1 and 3-0 losers, while TNS were 6-0 victors at Jenner Park. Despite our woes against TNS in 2020/21, we have enjoyed success in previous seasons against The Saints. Notably, in the 2019/20 season, we returned to Barry from the Park Hall Stadium 1-0 victors, after an outstanding Evan Press strike from outside the box.

This weekend’s live Sgorio fixture is one in which Gavin and the players will be eager to continue our promising beginning to the season. 

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

Gavin Chesterfield takes charge of a record-breaking 491st game as the Barry Town United manager this weekend as we host Connah’s Quay Nomads in the JD Welsh Premier League.

Chesterfield breaks Basil Bright’s record of 490 games in charge thereby making him the longest-serving manager in our 109-year history. To celebrate the occasion and Gavin’s achievements during his 14-year tenure as manager, there will be music, face painting and a bouncy castle at Jenner Park amongst other celebrations this Saturday.

Similarly, the club will be inviting supporters to attend the 14:30 kick-off free of charge for the landmark occasion. 

We face The Nomads on the back of a 4-game unbeaten run, including a comprehensive 4-1 win away at Cefn Druids and a 3-2 win at home to Haverfordwest. In both the afore mentioned games, midfielder Clayton Green was able to lead us to victory with a brace and his outstanding performances have led to him being named JD Cymru Premier League player of the month for August. 

We face tough opposition on the weekend, however, in a Nomads side that have been league champions the previous two seasons and are unbeaten so far this season. Looking ahead to the fixture, Chesterfield noted that the game will be a ‘tough challenge’ but, with the support of the home crowd, hopes we can continue our good start to the season with another positive result.

A big turnout will be appreciated by everyone at the club to celebrate the achievements of Gavin and the team during his time in charge.

Barry Town United vs Goytre AFC | JD Welsh Cup Second Round | Match Preview

This Saturday we turn our attention to the JD Welsh Cup as we host Goytre AFC in the second round.

The game will mark Gavin Chesterfield’s 490th game in charge of the Town, equaling Basil Bright’s tally of matches and thereby making Chesterfield our joint longest-serving manager. On September 11th Chesterfield will break the record at home to Connah’s Quay Nomads. This milestone will certainly be a cause for celebration and plans for the day will be announced over the weekend. 

We look forward to welcoming back Evan Press this weekend after he signed a new contract with the club on Deadline Day. Chesterfield believes Press has ‘developed immensely’ since his debut for the Town in 2018 and supporters and players alike are no doubt ecstatic at the news of his return. 

We will also be glad to see the return of Nathan Cadette on Saturday. Cadette was part of Gavin Chesterfield’s successful 2007/08 squad that was promoted from Division 2 to Division 1. This Saturday, however, Barry will be his opposition as Cadette returns to Jenner Park as the manager of a Goytre side that are unbeaten in their opening five games in the Ardal South East League and will be hoping to cause a cup upset. 

Coming off the back of two entertaining and pleasing league wins against Cefn Druids (4-1) and Haverfordwest (3-2), Chesterfield and our players will hope that we can continue this run and build momentum with a win against Goytre before we return to JD Cymru Premier League action next week.

Jenner Park, and grounds around Wales, will certainly be eager to welcome Welsh Cup football back as the pandemic cancelled it in the 2020/21 season and cut the 2019/20 competition short at the semi-final stages. 

Let’s hope the return of cup action and our 18 year wait to bring it back to Jenner Park acts as extra motivation to Chesterfield and the players in front of our home fans. 

Cefn Druids vs Barry Town United | JD Cymru Premier | Match Preview

We travel to Wrexham this Saturday (2:30 Kick Off) to face Cefn Druids in the JD Cymru Premier.

Gavin Chesterfield and the players will certainly be looking to gain our first victory of the league season against the Druids on the weekend on the back of a loss (2-1) away at Aberystwyth Town on the opening weekend and a draw (0-0) at home to Bala Town the following Saturday.

The home side have had a difficult start to the season and are also winless going into the game. Their first game of the season ended in defeat (2-0) away at Connah’s Quay, before Niall McGuinesses’ side were comfortably beaten 4-0 at Flint Town last weekend. Cefn Druids’ supporters will be hoping that home advantage this weekend may prompt a change in fortune for the team.

In the same fixture last season, we returned to Barry as winners as a David Cotterill penalty secured a 1-0 win for the Town. Similarly, in the reverse fixture at Jenner Park in the 2020/21 season, we defeated Cefn Druids 4-1 in a game that included a brace from striker Kayne Mclaggon.

The Barry fans supported the team fantastically away at Aberystwyth Town on the opening weekend of the season, and we look forward to seeing the travelling supporters again at The Rock on Saturday. This time, let’s hope the Barry fans return to Barry with smiles on their faces after a win for the Town.

Barry Town United vs Bala Town | JD Cymru Premier Preview

Jenner Park hosts JD Cymru Premier football for the first time this season as Bala Town visit South Wales today, live on Sgorio (kick-off 5:15pm).

Gavin Chesterfield felt hard done as he saw his side lose 2-1 at Aberystwyth Town last weekend, conceding a 90th-minute free-kick scored by Mathew Jones at Park Avenue. Marcus Day had put Barry ahead after 23 minutes before Sam Phillips equalised just before halftime, with both goalkeepers making a number of good saves in an evenly-matched game.

The travelling support was fantastic in West Wales and we are now looking forward to welcoming fans back to Jenner Park for a Cymru Premier fixture for the first time since February 2020.

Bala began their league campaign with a 2-2 draw at home to Penybont last weekend. Summer signing and former Welsh international Dave Edwards got on the scoresheet so will be one to lookout for today, but Chris Venables was sent off late on so will not be available for Colin Caton to select.

The Lakesiders’ visit to Jenner Park in phase one last season ended in an emphatic 6-2 win for Barry, one of our best performances of the campaign. Kayne McLaggon and Evan Press both netted twice, while Chris Hugh and Curtis Hutson also got on the scoresheet on an entertaining afternoon.

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

“We know Bala are a good team and have done very well in the league over a number of years. We’ve had a number of good games against them – and some not so good! But it’s the type of game we need to get up for now. We’ll lick our wounds from last weekend, focus on the positives and give it our all.”

You can purchase tickets for this afternoon’s game online by clicking here, while they will also be available to buy on the gate. Prices as follows: £8 for adults, £6 for students and senior citizens, £5 for 3-16 year olds.

Aberystwyth Town vs Barry Town United | JD Cymru Premier Preview

Our Cymru Premier campaign gets underway this afternoon as we travel to face Aberystwyth Town at Park Avenue (kick-off 2:30pm).

With supporters back in stadiums around Wales, the beginning of the new season is hugely exciting and we will be aiming to improve upon our fifth-place finish in 2020/21.

A 5-0 win against Llanelli Town in the second round of the Nathaniel MG Cup last weekend was the perfect way to mark the return of competitive football, as debutant Marcus Day grabbed a brace and Luke Cooper, Kayne McLaggon and Theo Wharton also got on the scoresheet.

Aberystwyth also progressed in the cup a week ago, beating Penybont on penalties after a 1-1 draw in 90 minutes.

There has been a change in the dugout at Park Avenue this summer, with former assistant manager Antonio Corbisiero replacing Gavin Allen. The 36-year-old has been busy refining his squad for the new campaign, bringing in Sam Phillips, Alex Darlington, Owen Orford and Gregor Zabret in the hope of building on the club’s 10th-place finish last term.

Since our promotion back to the top flight in 2017, we are yet to lose to the Seasiders and showed fantastic spirit to win both meetings with them in last season. Goals from Kayne McLaggon and Jordan Cotterill helped 10-man Barry come from behind to claim a 2-1 victory at Park Avenue, while Nat Jarvis netted an 87-minute winner in a 1-0 triumph at Jenner Park.

We can’t wait to be backed by your fantastic travelling support after so long without it. Tickets at Park Avenue are as follows: Adults = £7 for Adults; Concessions = £4; Under 16s = Free. You will be required to fill out a Covid questionnaire upon arrival at the stadium.

Watch Kayne McLaggon’s interview in the build up to the game.

Barry Town United vs Llanelli Town | Nathaniel MG Cup Preview

This afternoon we host Llanelli Town in the second round of the Nathaniel MG Cup (kick-off 2:30pm).

It will be the first time that supporters have been in attendance at a competitive game at Jenner Park since we drew 1-1 with Caernarfon Town in February 2020 – 532 days ago.

It was fantastic to welcome fans back to Jenner for the friendly against Yate Town last weekend, which ended 1-1 as Nat Jarvis grabbed a late equaliser for Barry. The result rounded off our pre-season schedule, which also included wins against Bristol Manor Farm and Undy Athletic and defeat to Swansea City Under-23s.

A few new faces have featured in pre-season, and this afternoon could see competitive debuts for summer arrivals Aron Davies, Marcus Day and Kelland Absalom.

We have fond memories of reaching the final of the Nathaniel MG Cup in 2017, but we have been beaten on penalties in our last two fixtures in the competition in 2018-19 and 2019-20. The tournament was cancelled after the first round last season due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Llanelli thrashed a young Newport County side 5-0 in the first round of this year’s competition in mid-July, with goals from Kyle Copp, Miles John, Lewis Reed, Zac Brown and Gavin Jones.

After relegation from the top-flight in 2019, the Reds are yet to complete a full season in the second tier; they were fifth in the Cymru South table when it was curtailed in 2019-20 and then the 2020-21 campaign did not go ahead.

Andy Legg’s side have four points from three games in the Cymru South this season, beating Afan Lido last weekend after a defeat to Ammanford and a draw with Risca United.

Our last meeting with Llanelli came in October 2018, when a scintillating Barry performance earned us a 5-2 victory at Jenner Park. Robbie Patten, Jon Hood, Chris Hugh, Clayton Green and Kayne McLaggon all got on the scoresheet.

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

“Funnily enough we nearly played Llanelli in pre-season, but the dates didn’t quite match up. Leggy is a hugely experienced manager and he’ll have them well organised. They’ve got a good set of players there so I am expecting a very tough game.

“It’s a cup game so anything can happen. We’ll obviously be hoping to produce our best form and get the result. But we know we’ll be up against good opposition and we’ll be well-prepared.”

You can purchase tickets for this afternoon’s game online by clicking here, while they will also be available to buy on the gate. Prices as follows: £8 for adults, £6 for students and senior citizens, £5 for 3-16 year olds.

Barry Town United vs Caernarfon Town | JD Cymru Premier Playoff Preview

This afternoon we host Caernarfon Town in the semi-final of the JD Cymru Premier European playoffs (kick-off 5:30pm).

The winner of the tie will go on to play Penybont or Newtown in the final next weekend for the right to represent Wales in the Europa Conference League next season.

It was of course only last week that Caernarfon last visited Jenner Park for the final game of the regular season – the fourth time we had played them across the campaign and the third time we claimed victory.

The Gwynedd outfit led at the break through Darren Thomas, but a dominant second half showing from Barry turned the game around as David Cotterill, Rhys Kavanagh and Jordan Cotterill all got on the scoresheet before Thomas grabbed a late consolation for it to finish 3-2.

After a tricky phase two period, it was important that we ended on a high and took confidence into today’s game, while it was particularly pleasing to see Kavanagh net his first goal for the club having looked dangerous ever since signing in January.

We last competed in the playoffs in 2018, when we were beaten 4-1 away at Cardiff Metropolitan University in our first season back in the top flight. However, this will be the first time that Jenner Park has hosted a playoff game.

Caernarfon, who are aiming to qualify for Europe for the first time in their history, were beaten playoff semi-finalists in 2019.

Huw Griffith’s side only confirmed their place in this season’s Championship Conference in the last game of phase one, but they have proved their worth by taking points off The New Saints and Bala Town in the last month. It will certainly be a tight and entertaining encounter this afternoon.

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

“We’ve played Caernarfon four times already this season and we probably know the majority of things about each other. Huw will probably say the same. Last Saturday we showed a good intensity, work ethic and character. That’s really pleasing for me because there wasn’t too much riding on the game.

“This Saturday is obviously a hell of a lot different. It’s great to be at home and our record here is very good which we’re very proud of. But we know we’re up against a good team, so it’s a game to look forward to. It certainly wets the appetite.”

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 and watch live on Sgorio.   

Barry Town United vs Caernarfon Town | JD Cymru Premier Preview

It is our final game of the regular JD Cymru Premier season this afternoon as we host Caernarfon Town (kick-off 12pm).

All eyes will be on the title fight between Connah’s Quay Nomads and The New Saints, but today’s match at Jenner Park is a dress rehearsal for the European playoff semi-final.

Barry and Caernarfon will meet again next weekend, with the winner progressing to the final against either Penybont or Newtown to decide who will be the fourth team representing Wales in continental competition next season. Barring a six-goal Caernarfon win this afternoon, that semi-final will also be played at Jenner Park.

Town were beaten 3-0 away at TNS last weekend, but Gavin Chesterfield was keen to take the positives from Park Hall, as his side proved a good match for the title challengers in the first half.

It was also good to see Callum Sainty and Josh Graham make their returns from injury and we hope to continue bringing bodies back ahead of next weekend.

Caernarfon were beaten 4-0 by Connah’s Quay in their last outing, a result made worse by Lewis Brass’s second half red card which means the goalkeeper is suspended for today’s game and next weekend.

This is the third successive season since their promotion to the top flight that the Gwynedd side have competed in the Championship Conference and now they are aiming to qualify for Europe for the first time.

We won three points against Caernarfon in dramatic style in our last meeting, as Curtis Hutson’s 91st-minute goal secured a 1-0 win at The Oval at the start of phase two.

Huw Griffith’s men last made the trip to Jenner Park back in September, when a brace from Kayne McLaggon and a bullet header from Curtis McDonald help us to a 3-1 victory.

Looking ahead to this afternoon’s game, Gavin Chesterfield said:

“Caernarfon are a good team, Huw will have them organised. We’ve had some good games with them this season already and I’m looking forward to the match. But it’s after that that really matters and that stimulus of the playoffs is good for our players. It’s an exciting 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.   

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.