Current league and cup holders Barry Town Vets Over 55s moved to the top of the table after a comfortable 4–0 win against Merthyr in the Wales Veterans Football League.
Barry welcomed back Ballysingh and Staddon after lengthy absences and they slotted seamlessly into defence alongside teammates Jones and Murray, but it was the ‘intensity’ of their midfield – Brown, Welsh, Huish and Dyke that was causing real problems for the visitors. They could have been 5-0 up by half time, although only Bobbett’s free-kick and a goal by Welsh separated the teams going into the break.
Dupuy and Marshall entered the fray and although the visitors started the more lively at the start of the second half, Barry keeper Jones was rarely troubled. Strikers Sanderson and Bobbett had several ‘Monty Python’ moments before man-of-the-match Dyke settled the nerves with a super strike from the edge of the box. Bobbett put the match beyond the visitors with a crisp finish after a dazzling run from his own half.
Debilitated stand-in manager Steve Hill, summed-up the game succinctly:
“This game should have been put to bed in the first 30 minutes, but although there is a need to be more clinical, the team scored four and played some lovely, flowing football in the process and deserve to be at the top of the league.”
Hill later presented the match ball on behalf of the ‘Vets’, for Barry Town United’s Cymru Premier win over Cefn Druids…as Gavin Chesterfield’s side also moved back to the top of the table.
Barry Town Vets’ Over 55s face Newport in their next match on 6th October. The Over 50s, fresh from a 1-0 victory via a Hodgkinson goal, face Continental from Cardiff, whilst the Over 60s take on Swansea – both on 20th October.