Barry Town Vets over 55s got their season back on track with a comfortable victory over visitors Penybont last Sunday at Jenner Park, and in doing so went some way to erasing memories of their first defeat for over a year against main rivals Swansea in their last outing.
Barry, fielding a depleted squad, were more organised and motivated than the visitors and as a result were the better side for much of the game. Staddon, Jones, Gibbs and Gibbins were composed in defence, whilst Price, Welsh and particularly Dyke and Dupuy were winning the midfield battle, although in the first half neither keeper was troubled. The hosts lost former Cardiff City captain Gibbins to a shoulder injury before the break but Brown stepped in seamlessly.
In the second half the hosts were again the bigger threat, and when former Barry player White was given a straight red by the official in an otherwise competitive but clean match, they were able to stretch the opposition further. Scorio Jones took full advantage, striding forward unchallenged to the edge of the box, where he unleashed a thunderbolt into the corner of the net to give the home side a deserved lead.
Strikers Bobbett and Sanderson were finally starting to make headway and both had opportunities, but when their teammates switched off for a second at the back, it took a superb headed clearance by substitute Taylor to keep them in front. Nerves were settled minutes later when Dupuy’s fierce strike hit the roof of the net and Sanderson made the game safe with a neat header to put Barry’s title defence back in the their hands.
This Sunday 1st December at 2pm, the over 50s have a must-win game against Swansea to maintain any hope of league honours this term. The following Sunday 8th December sees the over 55s take on Merthyr in the cup, 11am KO at Jenner Park.
2019/20 Barry Town Vets fixtures and results
Sept 8 Penybont 2 -3 BARRY 55s
Sept 15 BARRY 50s 1-0 Cardiff Accies
Sept 22 BARRY 55s 4-0 Merthyr
Oct 6 Newport 2-6 BARRY 55s
Oct 20 BARRY 50s 1-2 Continental
Oct 20 BARRY 60s 0-0 Swansea
Oct 27 BARRY 55s 8-1 Llantrisant
Nov 3 Merthyr 4-1 BARRY 50s
Nov 10 Swansea 3-1 BARRY 55s
Nov 24 BARRY 55s 3-0 Penybont
Dec 1 Swansea vs BARRY 50s / LLandarcy Sports / 2pm
Dec 8 Barry 55s vs Merthyr (CUP) / Jenner Park / 11am
Dec 15 BARRY 50s vs Nelson / Jenner Park / 11am
Dec 15 BARRY 60s vs Newport / Ystrad Mynach Centre / 4.30pm
Jan 5 Merthyr vs BARRY 55s / Penydarren Park / 2pm
Jan 26 Penybont vs BARRY 50s / Bryntirion Park / 2pm
Feb 2 Swansea vs BARRY 55s / LLandarcy Sports / 2pm
Feb 9 BARRY 50s vs Llantrisant / TBC / TBC
Feb 16 BARRY 55s vs Newport / TBC / TBC
Feb 23 BARRY 50s vs Mathern / TBC / TBC
Feb 23 Penybont vs BARRY 60s / Ystrad Mynach Centre / 4.30pm
March 8 Llantrisant vs BARRY 60s / TBC / 4.30pm
Mar 15 Llantrisant vs BARRY 55s / Tonyrefail Welfare ground / 2pm
Mar 29 Newport vs BARRY 50s / LLanwern Sports / 2pm
Apr 5 BARRY 55s vs Swansea / TBC / TBC
Apr 19 Cwmbran vs BARRY 50s / Celtic Park, Cwmbran / TBC