Barry Town Vets Over 55s start 2020 in style

Four-goal hero Mike Bobbett

In their first match of 2020, Barry Town Vets Over 55s were just too good for a sprightly Merthyr Tydfil as they secured an impressive 9-1 victory, including a fabulous four goals for evergreen Mike Bobbett. It means that the defence of their over 55s League crown is now very much back in their own hands.

Although missing a number of key players, Barry were still able to field a strong squad at Abercynon, so much so that they dominated the match pretty much from start to finish and in fact the scoreline could have been even more emphatic! 

Merthyr are always a tough nut to crack but with Barry in this form, Merthyr’s weaknesses were immediately exploited by the midfield of Huish, Price, Marshall and Dupuy, and full backs Staddon and Gibbins, whilst strikers Welsh and Bobbett terrorised their opponents. ‘Jonah’ Jones continued with his impressive scoring run, slotting home Dupuy’s corner with aplomb. Price scored shortly afterwards when he slammed home from close range after his header was parried.

The visitors went three up when Bobbett took advantage of a defensive lapse to finish from a tight angle. Barry stopper John Jones was a mere spectator, and apart from one defensive mix-up which allowed the Merthyr striker to score cheaply, this was a consummate back four performance from Gibbins, Jones, Averies and Staddon. 

Merthyr’s momentary chink of hope was crushed however, when Bobbett scored his second and then completed his hat-trick with an audacious lob, proving that when he’s in this kind of mood he is almost unplayable.

In the second half Dupuy took centre stage, first supplying a superb cross, which was powerfully headed home by Welsh and then getting on the scoresheet himself with a delightful chip over the stranded keeper. The pack was shuffled with Brown and Taylor entering the fray, but man-of-the-match Bobbett was relentless, scoring his fourth after robbing the opposition number five.

But the best was still to come as Huish screamed a shot into the top corner from 25 yards to complete the rout and send out a clear warning to the other teams in the league.

Next week the over 50s travel to Cwmbran for a cup match against last years beaten finalists.

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 3-7 BARRY 50s

Dec 8    Barry 55s 4-0 Merthyr (CUP)

Dec 15  BARRY 50s 0-1 Nelson

Dec 15  BARRY 60s 3-0 Newport

Jan 5     Merthyr 1-9 BARRY 55s

Jan 12 Cwmbran Celtic vs BARRY 50s / Celtic Park, Cwmbran / 11am

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