The only two teams with 100% records remaining in the JD Cymru Premier League meet this afternoon, as Barry Town United host Bala Town (kick-off 2:30pm).
It’s the second game at Jenner Park in the space of four days, following Barry’s 3-1 win over Aberystwyth Town on Friday evening. Kayne McLaggon’s incredible 30 yard strike made it 1-0 early on, before Clayton Green doubled our lead before half-time. McLaggon made it three with just over ten minutes to play, but there was to be no clean sheet for Barry as Paulo Mendes nodded home an Aberystwyth consolation.
Bala also won 3-1 on Friday, pulling off a fantastic result to beat TNS for the first time in 39 attempts. The perennial champions had a 1-0 lead at half-time thanks to Dean Ebbe’s header, but a brace from Chris Venables and Louis Robles’s finish from close range gave the Lakesiders a historic victory. It followed on from their 2-1 win over newly promoted Airbus in the first game of the season, Venables again netting twice in that fixture. It means that the veteran striker is the current top scorer in the JD Cymru Premier, with Kayne McLaggon’s three goals putting him second.
Of course last season’s Phase Two encounter with Bala will live long in a memory as a 5-2 win at Maes Tegid secured European qualification for Barry for the first time in 16 years. The hosts were 2-0 up at the hour mark, but goals from Jordan Cotterill, Kayne McLaggon (two), Mo Touray and Drew Fahiya completed a magical comeback. The other three meetings between the sides last season saw one Bala victory and two Barry wins – one of which was the thrilling 3-2 triumph at Jenner Park in August.
Jon Hood was one of the goalscorers that day, but he remains suspended this afternoon along with Jordan Cotterill due to the red cards the pair received against Penybont. Troy Greening picked up an injury in the same game, and will be assessed in the next couple of days for a full diagnosis to be given. Mike Lewis is back in training.
Speaking after our win over Aberystwyth, Gavin Chesterfield looked ahead to today’s match:
“It’s a tough game against Bala and they’ve had a great result tonight. They’ve strengthened over the summer, we’ve strengthened over the summer. It’s two teams who were relatively evenly matched last year – what’s not to like? It’s an exciting game to be a part of!”.
Tickets at Jenner Park this afternoon will cost £8 for adults, £5 for concessions and £3 for kids.