Barry Town United host Caernarfon Town in the JD Cymru Premier this afternoon (2:30pm kick-off) hoping to making it five games unbeaten.
We are one of just three teams yet to lose in the league this season, and last weekend’s 1-0 win over Carmarthen sent us to the top of the table. Clayton Green’s 69th minute strike was the difference between the two sides at Richmond Park as Cardiff City loanee George Ratcliffe picked up his first clean sheet in the Barry goal.
Ratcliffe is away with the Welsh Under-21 side this week, meaning there is a return between the sticks for Mike Lewis, who will make his first appearance of the season following time on the sidelines with injury. New signings Sion Spence and Mo Touray could also feature after completing loan moves from Cardiff City and Newport County respectively on deadline day. Unfortunately we are still without Jordan Cotterill due to suspension and Troy Greening through injury. Chris Hugh is back in training.
Today’s opponents Caernarfon currently sit eighth in the JD Cymru Premier, having claimed their first victory of the season last Friday night against Airbus. The Cofis twice trailed against the newly-promoted side but substitute Jamie Breese scored in the 87th minute after being played through by a sublime Gareth Evans pass to win the game 3-2. It followed on from a 1-0 defeat to TNS in their opening fixture and draws with Connah’s Quay Nomads and Cefn Druids.
Sean Eardley’s team have Barry to thank for their fourth place finish last season, as Kayne McLaggon’s penalty in stoppage time against Newtown in the final game meant the Cofis went above the Robins on goal difference. It completed an excellent first season back in the top-flight for Caernarfon, who had endured a nine year exodus before winning the Cymru Alliance in 2018.
In the four meetings between the two teams in 2018/19, Gavin Chesterfield’s side came out on top on three occasions. The 4-0 win at Jenner Park in phase two was our biggest victory of the entire campaign, while Marcus Jones’s 88th minute winner at The Oval was one of the most memorable moments of phase one.
Tickets at Jenner Park this afternoon will cost £8 for adults, £5 for concessions and £3 for kids. It should be a dry afternoon in Barry, with light cloud and a gentle breeze.