After leaving it late to maintain our unbeaten run away at Newtown on Saturday, we are on the road again tonight as Bala Town play hosts in the JD Cymru Premier (kick-off 7:45pm).
It was Kayne McLaggon’s 50th goal for Barry in the 94th minute that rescued a point for us at Latham Park and made it six games in a row without defeat. James Davies’s lob had given Newtown the lead before Evan Press was brought down in the box in second half stoppage time, and although McLaggon saw the resulting penalty saved, he was on hand to tap in the rebound.
Later that day, live on Sgorio, Bala came from behind to beat Aberystwyth 5-2, Chris Venables standing out as he netted two in the space of four minutes. It was the second time this season that the Lakesiders have scored five one in game, having beaten Penybont 5-1 – Venables again grabbing a brace along with Will Evans. However they did also suffer a surprising 2-1 defeat to newly-promoted Haverfordwest.
Colin Caton’s side have only played five league games so far in 2020/21, the lowest in the division, owing to their European exploits, floodlight failure and bad weather. It means they currently sit fifth in the table with games in hand over the sides above them.
Both meetings between Barry and Bala last season ended level, setting the tone for what is expected to be another even game this evening.
We led twice at Jenner Park at the start of the campaign through Drew Fahiya and Kayne McLaggon but had to settle for a 2-2 draw, while Keyon Reffell provided an equaliser on the stroke of half-time in the return game at Maes Tegid that ended 1-1.
Despite both clubs finishing in the top six, the curtailed season prevented both phase two meetings from taking to place – a trip to Gwynedd was actually next on our fixture list before football came to a halt.
The points-per-game system determined that Bala finished one place above us in third place, and the Lakesiders went on to face Valletta and Standard Liege in the Europa League. Their game in Belgium was the reason tonight’s fixture was moved from its original date in mid-September.
Looking ahead to the game, Gavin Chesterfield said:
“It will be a tough challenge but that’s what we want. We want to make sure we are constantly improving and we know we are going to have to be better than we were against Newtown. It is a tough gig driving up for a night game in midweek, but I’m looking forward to the match. We have had a close rivalry with Bala in the last couple of years so it will be tight.”
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 Maes Tegid, but you will be able to follow this evening’s fixture through live updates on our Twitter page.