Barry Town United face Newtown for the second week in a row as the two teams meet in the third round of the JD Welsh Cup at Jenner Park (kick-off 2:30pm).
Ian Sheridan’s 79th minute goal gave The Robins a 1-0 victory in the league encounter last weekend, with Barry unable to find an equaliser from Mo Touray late on. It means Town will be seeking revenge in a competition that they have won six times in total, most recently in 2003. Last season, Gavin Chesterfield’s side defeated Penybont, Cefn Druids and Cambrian & Clydach to the reach the semi-finals, where they lost out to eventual cup winners The New Saints. This year marks the 65th anniversary of the club’s first Welsh Cup triumph, when they defeated Chester in the final courtesy of a replay.
Newtown meanwhile have won the trophy just twice, both occasions coming in the 19th century (1879 and 1895). Chris Hughes’s team were knocked out at this stage last season by second tier Rhyl, but did make it to the semi-finals in 2017-18. Their victory last weekend kept them eighth in the Cymru Premier League table and means they have won their last two matches at Jenner Park, but the Robins are yet to win back-to-back games at any stage so far this campaign.
Kayne McLaggon and Jonathan Hood missed last weekend’s game through illness and suspension respectively, but both will be back available for this cup tie. Jack Compton, Robbie Patten and Troy Greening all remain injured.
Looking ahead to today’s game, Gavin Chesterfield said:
“I’d love to go on another cup run this season. The Welsh Cup is a competition that I’ve never won, it’s a competition that we’ve got huge respect for and we’d love to go far again. It gave us some good memories last year.”
Tickets at Jenner Park this afternoon will cost £8 for adults, £5 for concessions and £3 for kids. The tie must be decided today – meaning we will have extra-time and penalties to find a winner if necessary.