A trip to Bala Town this afternoon will see us make it to the halfway stage of this season’s JD Cymru Premier Championship Conference (kick-off 2:30pm).
We were disappointed to only take a point from our encounter with Penybont on Tuesday night. Goals from Jamie Bird, Kayne McLaggon and David Cotterill put us 3-1 up at halftime, but Rhys Griffiths’s men fought back after the break and earned a 3-3 draw.
The result kept us fourth and one point ahead of fifth-place Penybont in the Cymru Premier table, while we are eight points behind Bala in third.
The playoffs are looking an increasingly likely prospect for Town, but a win at Maes Tegid this afternoon would set up an interesting final five fixtures.
Bala were beaten by a pair of late goals against Connah’s Quay Nomads in midweek, as Declan Poole and George Horan struck in the 86th and 89th minutes respectively to secure a 2-0 win for the reigning champions.
It means that Colin Caton’s side have won two and lost two of their four Championship Conference matches so far, as they aim to qualify for Europe for the seventh time in nine years.
Our two meetings with Bala in phase one this season were both high-scoring affairs.
In October, an injury-ravaged Barry squad travelled to Maes Tegid and were beaten 4-0 with Chris Venables scoring a first half hat-trick.
However revenge was enacted in emphatic fashion when the Lakesiders visited Jenner Park last month. Despite conceding within the first 90 seconds, we fought back to claim a sensational 6-2 win as Kayne McLaggon, Evan Press, Chris Hugh and Curtis Hutson all got on the scoresheet.
Speaking after the draw with Penybont, Gavin Chesterfield said:
“The one thing we will never do is feel sorry for ourselves. The trip to Bala is a tough game, but a challenge we look forward to. I know for a fact the lads are hurting tonight, because they feel this draw is like a loss. I’m with them on that, but they’ll be ready to respond on Saturday.”
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 afternoon’s fixture through live updates on our Twitter page.