Category: Match Previews

Match Preview: Flint Town United vs Barry Town United

Today we make the journey North to face a Flint Town side in 3rd position in the JD Cymru Premier League after the opening 7 games of the season. 

On the back of two disappointing results against Cardiff Metropolitan University (3-0) and Newtown (3-0) in both the Welsh Cup and league respectively, the match at the Cae Y Castell Stadium offers us an opportunity to get back on track and regain the form we found during August and early September.

After gaining promotion to the Cymru Premier in the 2019/20 season, Flint were unable to gain any points from us last term as we ran out 1-0 victors away and a dominant 6-3 win at Jenner Park saw us do the double over the Silkmen.

Nevertheless, Flint have begun their 2021/22 campaign in fine form with a number of victories, including an impressive 5-1 win at Cardiff Met and, despite being reduced to 10 men, a 4-1 victory over Newtown which have seen the side from North Wales climb to third in the league table.

The trip to the Cae Y Castell is sure to be a challenging one, but Gavin and the players will no doubt be confident that they can send our supporters back to Barry with 3 points. 

Barry Town United vs Newtown | JD Cymru Premier | Match Preview

Last season’s Play off Final winners Newtown AFC visit Jenner Park today with a 14:30 Kick Off as we return to JD Cymru Premier League action.

After the huge disappointment of last week’s 3-0 loss at Cardiff Met in the JD Welsh Cup, the match today gives both Gavin Chesterfield and our players an opportunity to bounce back with a positive result against a Newtown side that currently sit 9th in the table after the opening 6 games of the Premier League season.

Last weekend, Newtown suffered a penalty defeat to Camarthen Town thereby ending their campaign in the JD Welsh Cup. After a promising start to their league campaign, the Robins’ have recorded losses against both Aberystwyth (2-1) and Flint Town (4-1). Nevertheless, the side from Mid-Wales progressed in the Nathaniel MG Cup after a dominant 5-0 win against Caernarfon Town. 

This Saturday’s fixture gives Chesterfield and our players an opportunity to get back to winning ways and continue what has been a promising start to our JD Cymru Premier League season.

Cardiff Met vs Barry Town United | Welsh Cup | Match Preview

After we progressed to the quarter final of the Nathaniel MG Cup on Tuesday night with a 3-0 win over Trefelin BGC, this Saturday we turn our attention to Cardiff Met away in the Third Round of The JD Welsh Cup.

Looking ahead to the match, Gavin Chesterfield noted that Cardiff Met like anywhere in our league  is a ‘tough place’ to go but also that The JD Welsh Cup is ‘a competition that we care deeply about and one that we want to go deep into’. Indeed, the winners of the national Cup secure a place in the qualifying rounds of the Europa Conference League. 

Our opponents this weekend find themselves in 7th place in the JD Cymru Premier League, just 2 points behind us. The Archers have won, drawn and lost 2 of their opening six league games so far this term.  Last season, we faced Cardiff Met twice in the league and our opponents failed to pick up any points on either occasion as a 2-1 win away and a 1-0 win at home ensured we did the double. 

We go into this game in good spirits despite suffering our first league defeat since the opening day of the season at the hands of The New Saints last weekend. Despite the loss, Gavin noted that there was ‘lots to like’ about our spirited performance at The Park Hall Stadium. On Tuesday night, another good performance ensured we secured a triumphant 3-0 victory against Trefelin BGC, a game which saw striker Nat Jarvis back in the goals with a brace. 

Gavin and the players will be eager to progress to the fourth round of The JD Welsh Cup this Saturday and continue what has been a promising start to our 2021/22 campaign.

Barry Town United vs Trefelin BGC | Nathaniel MG Cup | Match Preview

This Tuesday we turn our attention to the Nathaniel MG Cup as we face Trefelin BGC at Jenner Park in the third round of the competition.

Our opponents are currently 9th in the Cymru South, winning, drawing and losing 3 of their opening 9 games of the league season. In the previous round of the cup on the opening day of the season we ran out comfortable 5-0 winners against old friends Llanelli Town.

Historically, we have had success in this cup competition. Most recently, in 2017, we reached the Cup Final but were unable to lift the trophy after a 4-0 loss to The New Saints. However, our greatest successes in the competition came in the late nineties with us winning the League Cup in four successive seasons from 1996-97 to 1999-2000.

With the abandonment of the League Cup in the 2020-21 season and our early exit in the second round of the 2019/20 Cup, both Gavin and the players will be eager for a cup run this time round. Similarly, after TNS ended our 5-game unbeaten run on Saturday, the match against Trefelin gives us an opportunity to build momentum ahead of our JD Welsh Cup game away at Cardiff Met on Saturday. 

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.