Three Barry Town veterans’ teams played their first competitive fixtures since 2020…and all three secured convincing wins

Barry Town o60s (pictured in their new kit, kindly supplied by chairman Mark Barratt) hosted a hard-working Merthyr team but dominated from the off. Although several opportunities were created they had to wait until the 20th minute for the evergreen Mike Bobbett to give them the lead, seizing onto a through ball by Bryan Sullivan. Timmy Morgan scored a second soon after to give the hosts a buffer. Merthyr remained dangerous and Richard Owen struck the cross-bar but, keeper Barry Niblett was rarely troubled in front of the impressive defensive unit of Brown, Gibbins, Staddon and Price. Huish and Marshall were in commanding form and it wasn’t long before more goals flowed….with Bobbett and Morgan scoring again, the latter with a big header. During the break manager Mark Jones rang the changes, sending on 74 four year olds’ Batt and Lennon along with Rutherford, Taffy Eveleigh and Mike Parkin and the domination continued. Steve Hill curled one in from the edge of the box and Brown slotted home after a mazy run. Parkin sealed an emphatic 7-0 victory, scoring his first goal since 1971!

The o50s faced a stubborn Cardiff Accies team at the University Fields in Llanrumney, but an early brace by Steve ‘Budge’ Hawtin set Barry on their way. He was denied his hat-trick when VAR ruled that he was ‘nowhere near’ when the Accies defender slammed the ball into his own net! Sims, Murphy, Davies and Averies, who replaced a debilitated Dolman, were composed in front of keeper Wills, whilst James marshalled his midfield charges Aggy Harris, Brown, Reilly, Webb and Dupuy to great effect. Sullivan, Roberts and Gareth ‘Skinny’ Richards led the line, and it was the latter who capped off an outstanding game with Barry’s third. A Damon Brown ‘bullet header’ secured a fine 0-5 win for Jimmy Blackie’s men.

The o40s, playing their first ever Wales Veterans League competitive match, completed a fine day for the veterans arm of the club with a convincing 7-2 win against Ynysddu. A strong team performance saw the hosts dominate for long periods and, although the visitors stayed resolute, on twenty minutes Yarr and then Baker put Barry into a deserved lead. Further goals by Yarr and Baker along with Howlett, Vick and Nunn completing a fine Wales Veterans League debut match for John Gee’s troops. A Nathan Edwards’ brace gave Ynysddu some respectability.

Alun Huish