Barry Vets Defeat Newport To Stay Top

Paul Sanderson scored twice in the victory.

Current champions Barry Town Vets consolidated their position at the top of the over 55s League with a hard fought 6-2 win away to Newport in the Wales Veterans Football League. 

Barry travelled to Llanwern with a strong squad despite several late withdrawals, which demonstrates the depth of the over 55s group this term.

Barry once again started with real urgency, with Gibb, Huish, Marshall and Dupuy mostly controlling matters and creating several good opportunities to go ahead, particularly Dupuy, when well placed. Newport, as predicted, were a threat on the break, but apart from a momentary lapse when only a fine save by Barry goalkeeper John Jones denied the big number nine, Gibbins, Jones, Blackie and Staddon were watertight at the back.

Barry continued to create chances but lamentable finishing kept the scores level. Man-of-the-match Sanderson was causing constant problems for the Newport defence and on the half hour, he put Barry 1-0 up after good work by Gibbins. His strike partner, Bobbett, added a second shortly afterwards. On 38 minutes and against the run of play the hosts converted a controversial free-kick, only for the visitors to once again extend their lead, when a Gibb pass was clipped over the line by Dupuy, to give a more realistic scoreline going into half time.

Indecisive defending by Barry after the interval allowed Newport to grab a second goal and as a result the game became scrappy and disjointed, with the hosts sensing an upset. Substitute Welsh entered the fray and immediately converted a Sanderson flick-on, after pirouetting around the keeper and full back simultaneously! Minutes later a fine through ball by Huish was converted (in the end) by Sanderson to make the game safe. On the full time whistle, Longman fed Mark Jones and his probing ball forward allowed Welsh to tap in for his second and Barry’s sixth, continuing their unbeaten run.

On the 20th October Barry 50s play The Continental at Leckwith Stadium, whilst the over 60s kick-off their season on the same day against Swansea.

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 vs Continental / Leckwith / 2pm

Oct 20   BARRY 60s vs Swansea / Ystrad Mynach Centre / 4.30pm

Oct 27   BARRY 55s vs Llantrisant / Jenner Park / 2pm

Nov 3    Merthyr vs BARRY 50s / Penydarren Park / 2pm

Nov 10  Swansea vs BARRY 55s / LLandarcy Sports / 2pm

Nov 17  Merthyr vs BARRY 60s / Ystrad Mynach Centre / 4.30pm

Nov 24  BARRY 55s vs Penybont / Jenner Park / 1pm             

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