Gavin Chesterfield looks ahead to a busy month of football

Gavin Chesterfield was in a positive mood following last Friday’s 3-0 win over Penybont that took Barry back to second in the Cymru Premier table.

“It was great to get back under the lights at Jenner,” he said. “I thought the boys executed the game plan really well, I still think there’s loads of room to improve, but it was just good to get back to keeping a clean sheet and scoring some goals.

“It’s been an important period for us to come through, and now we go into another run of tough games that will test us even more. But they’re the types of challenges that we look forward to.”

The victory followed a run of three successive defeats for Barry, but Chesterfield was keen to stress that he felt no need to panic despite this.

“I wouldn’t say we’d been playing terribly badly, I think there’s context to all the games we lost,” he said. “Losing three on the spin isn’t nice, but it happens, it’s sport, and it’ll no doubt happen again in the future. We learnt a lot about the players, they trained ever so well in that period and showed great character.”

Asked what he had learnt about his team in the defeats, Chesterfield said: “We know that if we’re not at our best and don’t execute game plans, then we can lose games of football. We aren’t good enough to be going through games not doing the basics well and not maintaining discipline because those things are going to cost us.

“But I have to say the boys did really well on Friday night to get the win, so if anything it’s taught us that if we keep humble and keep working hard it gives us a far better chance of winning matches.”

Next up for Barry are a pair of league and cup games against Newtown, and Chesterfield was quick to praise Chris Hughes’s side: “I think Newtown are a really good football team, I’ve always said that and we’ve had some really good games in the past against them – I have no doubt it will be the same over the next two weeks.

“It is slightly different when you play each other two weeks in a row at the same venue, but all we can focus on at the moment is the first game in the league, which is the most important one. It’s a tough challenge, but one we look forward to. We’ll prepare well and I think if we do things right then we’re a tough team to play against.”

“I’d love to go on another cup run this season, but at the moment we’re a mile away from that. We don’t want to concentrate too much on the cup game at the moment. The Welsh Cup is a competition that I’ve never won, it’s a competition that we’ve got huge respect for and we’d love to go far again. It gave us some good memories last year. But first of all we’ve got to take care of this league game.”

Town then host The New Saints live on Sgorio and travel to Aberystwyth Town, before 2019 ends with a double header against Cardiff Metropolitan University. The new year then signals the opening of the January transfer window, and Chesterfield discussed his plans for the month.

“It’s difficult to say at the moment,” he said when asked if Barry would be looking to do much business. “Obviously for most managers in this league, the planning for January starts way in advance.

“We might see the need to freshen up one or two, we might see one or two moving out on loan or permanently. I don’t envisage massive changes, but I do think a freshen up is always good for every team.

“We’ll always be active, the board are fantastic in their support for me and the staff and indeed the players, and if we feel that something can improve us, then we’ve got a duty to do that. But I maintain that I’ll only bring players in that I think can strengthen the squad and are better than what we’ve got.”