The top two teams in the JD Cymru Premier go head to head this afternoon as Barry Town United welcome Connah’s Quay Nomads to Jenner Park (kick-off 2:30pm). The two sides are level on points, with Andy Morrison’s men ahead on goal difference having played a game more.
An injury-ravaged Barry side lost for the first time in the league last weekend as Caernarfon Town ran out 4-1 winners at the Oval. Kayne McLaggon’s penalty cancelled out Darren Thomas’s opener, but second half goals from Gruffydd John and Nathan Craig, as well as a Curtis Watkins own goal, gave the Cofis victory.
It means that Connah’s Quay are now the only unbeaten team left in the JD Cymru Premier, having recorded seven wins and six draws from 13 games. Their last two fixtures have ended in 1-1 draws against Aberystwyth Town and The New Saints, with Michael Wilde’s late equaliser earning a point against the reigning champions last weekend.
This afternoon will be the first meeting of the campaign between Barry and Connah’s Quay, with the four games involving the two sides last season proving to be tight encounters. The game at Jenner Park in phase one saw Barry win 2-0 thanks to goals from Kayne McLaggon and Mo Touray, while the points were shared in the other three fixtures with a pair of 1-1 draws in phase two following an exciting 2-2 draw at the Deeside Stadium in phase one.
Sion Spence and Clayton Green are both available again for today’s fixture after missing the defeat at Caernarfon through injury. Captain Jordan Cotterill is also in contention to feature for the first time since August following the conclusion of his suspension. George Ratcliffe, Robbie Patten and Callum Sainty have returned to training following their respective injuries.
Speaking ahead of the game, Gavin Chesterfield said:
“The players have trained well this week and we are looking forward to the challenge. We’ll have to be concentrated at all times to negate the threats of Connah’s Quay, but also focus on our game, as we carry threats of our own.”
Tickets at Jenner Park this afternoon will cost £8 for adults, £5 for concessions and £3 for kids.