Barry Town United are on the road for the first time since mid-November as we travel to face Aberystwyth Town tonight in the JD Cymru Premier (kick-off 7:45pm).
Gavin Chesterfield’s side were beaten 4-1 by The New Saints last Friday, but the scoreline did not reflect the performance as Town matched the league leaders for large parts of the game, but were ultimately beaten by some clinical finishing. Nonetheless, we remain in fifth position in the league – just four points behind Connah’s Quay Nomads in third – and victory tonight would take us one step closer to confirming a top six spot.
Aberystwyth meanwhile currently sit in ninth, having come from behind to defeat Cardiff Met 2-1 last weekend. Geoff Kellaway was the hero for the Black and Greens as his two late goals cancelled out Eliot Evans’s opener at Cyncoed. It secured back-to-back wins for Aber, who beat Cymru North side Ruthin Town 2-1 in the JD Welsh Cup the previous weekend. Kellaway was again on the scoresheet as he put his side 1-0 up early on, but Ian Hughes equalised for Ruthin Town in 89th minute from the penalty spot. However there was late drama as Wes Baynes scored a 30-yard screamer two minutes later to send Aberystwyth through to the fourth round.
The first meeting between Barry and Aber this season saw Town win 3-1 at Jenner Park in August. An incredible Kayne McLaggon strike gave us the lead before Clayton Green doubled the lead before half-time, and McLaggon’s second goal after the break put the game to bed. There was though time for Paolo Mendes to head in a late consolation for the visitors. Barry are actually yet to lose to Aberystwyth since promotion back to the top-flight two years ago, and Clayton Green’s goal gave us a 1-0 victory in our last visit to Park Avenue in September 2018.
Drew Fahiya and Sion Spence should be back available this evening after illness and injury ruled them out of last week’s game against TNS, but Jack Compton, Robbie Patten and Troy Greening all unfortunately remain sidelined.
Tickets at Park Avenue this evening will cost £8 for adults, £5 for concessions and £2 for children over 11, while under 11s go free.