Aberystwyth Town vs Barry Town United | JD Cymru Premier preview

The games keep on coming thick and fast in the JD Cymru Premier as we travel to Aberystwyth Town this afternoon (kick-off 2:30pm).

It provides us with a good opportunity to put together some momentum and build on our run of three consecutive victories, the latest of which came against newly-promoted Haverfordwest County on Wednesday night.

It was a game which saw David Cotterill net his first Barry goal, a powerful free-kick from distance, to give us a 1-0 lead at half-time, before the Bluebirds came back into the game and equalised after the break through Ben Fawcett’s header. Mike Lewis then made an excellent save to prevent Kieran Lewis from completing the turnaround.

It was Nat Jarvis, also scoring his first goal for the club, who popped up with the winning moment in the 68th minute, nodding home from close range following a great delivery from Chris Hugh. The result lifted us to third in the Cymru Premier table after four games.

Meanwhile, Aberystwyth are winless in two matches, both away from home, most recently suffering a 2-0 defeat to Connah’s Quay Nomads on Wednesday. The game was decided by two first half goals for the reigning Cymru Premier champions, but Andy Morrison was full of praise for the spirit shown by the Seasiders.

They did however win their last home fixture, a 3-1 triumph against Flint Town United. That is the only victory they have to their name so far this campaign, placing them eighth in the table at this early stage. It is a first season at the helm for club legend Gavin Allen, who replaced Matthew Bishop as manager in the summer. Goals have been almost guaranteed in his tenure so far, with Aberystwyth failing to score just once (against Nomads), while they are yet to keep a clean sheet.  

Barry won both meetings between the two sides last season, most memorably just before Christmas when Kayne McLaggon’s second half goal gave us a 1-0 win at Park Avenue. McLaggon had also scored a brace against Aberystwyth earlier in the campaign, helping Barry to a 3-1 victory at Jenner Park along with Clayton Green’s strike. We are actually yet to lose to the Black and Greens since our promotion back to the top-flight in 2017.

Due to a Welsh Government and FAW ruling, games must currently be played behind-closed-doors until stated otherwise. Your support will be hugely missed at Park Avenue, but you will be able to follow this afternoon’s fixture through live updates on our Twitter page.