Barry Town Vets over 50s have had a mixed start to the season, albeit losing two centre halves in their last match inflamed the situation. They returned to form with a bang though, defeating a strong Swansea outfit away at Gorseinon.
Barry started with real intent – Lillygreen, Sullivan, Dupuy and Taylor snapping into tackles and moving the ball quickly through midfield and Fredriksen and captain Bobbett creating havoc in attack. This pressure soon began to bear fruit when Sullivan clipped the ball neatly over the Swans keeper to put the ‘Linnets’ into the lead. Fredriksen then took centre stage, forcing his way past the home defence and crashing home from 18 yards before completing his hat-trick in a blistering 10 minute spell.
Swansea, to their credit, fought back but found Murray, Simms, Gibb and James defiant in defence leaving keeper Harding a mere spectator.
Then followed a bizarre period, orchestrated by the official, which saw the visitors lose composure when Gibb was carried from the field of play after being crudely hacked, but not before he had been penalised! Before his replacement Brown could settle, Swansea striker Walsh hit a fine shot past the Barry gloveman to make the scoreline 4-1 at the interval.
The second half was slightly frenetic with neither team ever in real control, the official again exacerbating the situation. Walsh grabbed his and Swansea’s second from the penalty spot but Fredriksen, unplayable in this mood, re-established Barry’s three goal cushion, before Bobbett also got himself on the score-sheet, coolly lobbing the Swansea keeper to make the score 6-2.
The game continued in its hectic manner and Swansea’s Kennedy tucked home from a clearly offside position! Nerves were finally settled when Dupuy’s fierce free-kick found the net to secure his team a comfortable 7-3 win.
This Sunday 8th December sees the o55s take on Merthyr in the cup, 11am KO at Jenner Park. The following Sunday 15th December the over 50s hope to continue their recent good form against Nelson also at Jenner Park at 11am. At 4.30pm on the same day the over 60s face Newport at Ystrad Mynach.
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 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