Category: Match Reports

Reports on Matches.

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

On Saturday 11 September, in front of a lively Jenner Park crowd, we celebrated Gavin Chesterfield’s record-breaking 491stgame in charge of the Town with a 1-0 win against the reigning league champions Connah’s Quay Nomads. 

Hours before kick-off, supporters began to arrive at the ground to celebrate the achievements of Gavin. When 14:30 struck and the referee blew his whistle to commence the match, Jenner Park was host to over 1200 fans who supported the team tremendously throughout the game.

Connah’s Quay began the game brightly and were awarded a soft penalty in the sixth minute after a late Clayton Green challenge in the box. However, Barry goalkeeper Mike Lewis denied Callum Morris  from the penalty spot with a terrific save low to his right which was met with a roar from the home supporters.

As the game progressed, the home side’s presence in the final-third began to grow. In the 25th minute, after a Luke Cummings  long-throw into the Nomads area, Rhys Kavanagh latched onto a second-ball and fired a volley into the bottom corner of the net to put the Town 1-0 up. The cheer of the sizeable Jenner Park crowd when the ball hit the net was something we’ve all missed over the last 2 years!

Both sides began the second-half positively, Barry looking for that all-important second goal and the visitors searching for an equaliser. What was arguably the chance of the half fell to Nomads as striker Byron Junior Harrison found himself one-on-one but, on his weak left foot, saw his shot sail over the Barry crossbar.

In the 56th minute, in what was arguably a game-changing moment, goalscorer Rhys Kavanagh was hacked down by Nomads defender John Disney, denying Kavanagh the chance to unleash an attack  on goal and prompting the referee to dismiss Disney for a straight red card. 

However, the away-side fought valiantly after going down to 10 men and continued to push for the equaliser through a number of balls into the Barry box. Nevertheless, Barry looked dangerous on the counter-attack. In particular, in stoppage time, after some impressive work by both Evan Press and Kavanagh on the right-wing, substitute Brandon Griffiths found himself in space in the box and his subsequent shot looked certain for the net until a last-ditch block deflected the ball onto the crossbar. 

Ultimately, we were able to see out the game without reply and mark Gavin Chesterfield’s record-breaking match with an outstanding 1-0 victory. Gavin spoke of being ‘immensely proud’ of his achievements in his post-match interview and both the support of the crowd and performance of the players were only fitting to celebrate a momentous occasion for Gavin and the club.

Barry Town United vs Bala Town | JD Cymru Premier | Match Report

Bala Town visited Jenner Park on Saturday 21 August in a game which saw Barry Town United earn their first point of the league season after a hard-fought 0-0 draw.

Gavin Chesterfield made one change to the side which were defeated by Aberystwyth Town on the opening weekend of the season as Jordan Cotterill replaced Marcus Day.

The home side began the game with a flourish, with Barry fashioning a number of opportunities from wide areas early on. After just 4 minutes, in what was probably the standout chance of the match, Nat Jarvis met a Luke Cummings cross but the striker’s header bounced agonisingly wide.

However, Bala grew into the game and, with their largely direct playing style, were able to cause problems for the Barry defence. Set pieces were a feature of the away side’s game throughout the match and if it wasn’t for a terrific block by Robbie Patten to deny a low driven shot from the edge of the box following a corner on 14 minutes, the visitors could’ve taken the lead.

The latter stages of the first half were somewhat scrappy as Bala’s direct style led to a number of aerial dules which were contested evenly by both sides and there was ultimately a lack of clear-cut chances created.

When the referee blew the whistle to signal half-time, Chesterfield was probably the happier of the two managers as the sides entered the changing room with the deadlock yet to be broken.

The majority of the second 45 was played in Barry’s half as Bala searched for the opener. Through set pieces and a bombardment of balls into the Barry box, Bala were able to assert an ascendancy on the game.

However, Barry’s resilient defending kept the scores level. The chance of the half fell to Bala’s former Wales and Reading midfielder Dave Edwards as he glanced a header towards Barry’s goal from a corner but Mike Lewis (who was ultimately voted Man of the Match by our supporters) made a great save low to his right to parry the ball behind.

Barry supporters watched on nervously for the final minutes of the game as the away side searched for the winner but when Bala’s Steve Leslie sent a free kick wide of Lewis’ goal in the 90th minute, the draw was all but secured and the match eventually finished 0-0.

Gavin and the players will be pleased to have picked up a point against strong opposition this weekend and will now undoubtedly be looking to secure our first win of the league season away to Cefn Druids next Saturday.

Post Match: Barry Town United vs Llandudno FC

Sunday’s encounter was always going to be a tough test for the high-flying Barry Town United team. Llandudno came into the game desperate to get a win as their recent form had left them on 9 points, inside the relegation zone. Having beaten Barry once already this season, they’d have wanted to pick up only their second away win of the season. Barry came into the game in third position having cemented the spot by beating Bala away from home last week. The South Wales side also knew that a win here would push them up into second with TNS stumbling against Aberystwyth on Saturday.

Despite Llandudno’s form they started better in the South Wales rain. Moudou Touray was dispossessed in midfield, leading to a break that saw Danny Hughes play in John Owen who’s shot hit the woodwork. The resulting few moments of play led to a Llandudno free kick on the right-hand side. Toby Jones delivered the ball to the far post where an unmarked Mike Pearson was able to end Llandudno’s three game goal drought.

Barry wouldn’t have been happy with their start to the game but conceding a goal seemed to wake up the team, who began to push forward into the Llandudno half. Robbie Patten and Chris Hugh provided an outlet for Barry as they started to get a foothold into the game. Finally, after several attempts Chris Hugh crossed a ball into the box for Mclaggon who was brought down by the Llandudno defenders. The referee pointed to the spot and Mclaggon picked up the ball, determined to put his penalty miss against Caernarfon behind him. Mclaggon gave Shaun Pearson no chance from the penalty spot, taking his goal tally for the season up to five.

As the second half started both sides would have felt they could take something from what had been an even game up until that point. Although one minutes into the second half Jon Hood had other ideas as he rifled a volley into the net. Unfortunately, as the Barry players celebrated no one had noticed the linesman’s flag had gone up. Mclaggon was deemed to be interfering with play in an offside position when the ball was stuck. You can watch the Sgorio Highlights at the top of the page to judge the decision for yourselves!

Despite the disallowed goal Barry didn’t let their heads drop as they continued to push forward and just minutes after the disallowed goal, Mclaggon was fouled by Mike Pearson on the edge of the box. Pearson was shown his second yellow card of the game and given his marching orders by the referee. The sending off completely changed to game for Llandudno who had 40 minutes to play with 10 men. As they tried to adjust to the game Barry continued to apply pressure and finally that pressure paid off when Robbie Patten played a One-Two with Jordan Cotterill before playing in Modou Touray who controlled the ball and put his shot past Pearson in net.

With the game now in Barry’s favour Llandudno looked to push forward to get a valuable point in their relegation battle, but the sending off had killed the game. They had a few half chances in the second half, but they couldn’t break down the Barry defence in any meaningful way. Barry did well in soaking up the pressure of the Llandudno attack with Mike Lewis having little to do in the Barry goal. The result puts Barry up into second in the table only behind Connah Quay Nomads on goal difference.

Barry have been flying high this season, but the next two games will provide their toughest tests of the season with an away game against the Nomads and a home tie against the reigning champions TNS. Theirs still a lot of football to be played this season but the next two games will be crucial in Barry’s top half charge. You can hear the thoughts of manager Gavin Chesterfield and right back Macauley Southam-Hales below this paragraph as the team prepare for a big couple of weeks.