It’s a second away game in a row for Barry Town United this afternoon, as we travel to face Newtown AFC in the JD Cymru Premier (kick-off 2:30pm).
Gavin Chesterfield’s side will be aiming to build on last week’s superb 1-0 win over reigning champions TNS, secured by Evan Press’s thunderbolt in the 24th minute. The victory extended our lead at the top of the Cymru Premier table to four points, whilst also maintaining our unbeaten start to the season and 100% away record.
That accomplishment will be put to the test this afternoon though, as Newtown beat Barry in three of the four meetings between the two sides last season – including 2-0 and 3-0 triumphs at today’s venue, Latham Park. There was however a 4-1 victory for Barry at Jenner Park last December, which supporters will remember more fondly, with goals from Macauley Southam-Hales, Drew Fahiya, Luke Cooper and Jordan Cotterill.
Going into today’s meeting, Newtown sit seventh in the Cymru Premier table, having won two, drawn three and lost three of their eight games so far. Last weekend they were defeated 1-0 by Caernarfon Town at The Oval. Chris Hughes’s side are the lowest scorers in the division but do have the fourth best defence, so don’t expect many goals this afternoon – especially considering there hasn’t been more than one in any of Barry’s last five fixtures!
Troy Greening, Jonathan Hood, Robbie Patten and Callum Sainty all remain unavailable due to injury today, although Patten has returned to light training. Jordan Cotterill is still suspended.
Previewing today’s match, Gavin Chesterfield said:
“Newtown have got a really good record at home, they’re a really well coached team and we’ve had some good games against them in the past.
“It’s a really difficult challenge but a challenge we look forward to. We go there full of confidence, we’re eight games in now and five clean sheets is a really positive step and hopefully that will continue.
“The secret to all our success so far, particularly away from home, has been humility, hard work, togetherness and sticking to the game plan. If the lads keep that going, then hopefully we can get something positive.”
Tickets at Latham Park this afternoon will cost £7 for adults, £5 for OAPs, 16-18 year-olds and students, and just £1 for Under 16s.