This afternoon we host Caernarfon Town in the semi-final of the JD Cymru Premier European playoffs (kick-off 5:30pm).
The winner of the tie will go on to play Penybont or Newtown in the final next weekend for the right to represent Wales in the Europa Conference League next season.
It was of course only last week that Caernarfon last visited Jenner Park for the final game of the regular season – the fourth time we had played them across the campaign and the third time we claimed victory.
The Gwynedd outfit led at the break through Darren Thomas, but a dominant second half showing from Barry turned the game around as David Cotterill, Rhys Kavanagh and Jordan Cotterill all got on the scoresheet before Thomas grabbed a late consolation for it to finish 3-2.
After a tricky phase two period, it was important that we ended on a high and took confidence into today’s game, while it was particularly pleasing to see Kavanagh net his first goal for the club having looked dangerous ever since signing in January.
We last competed in the playoffs in 2018, when we were beaten 4-1 away at Cardiff Metropolitan University in our first season back in the top flight. However, this will be the first time that Jenner Park has hosted a playoff game.
Caernarfon, who are aiming to qualify for Europe for the first time in their history, were beaten playoff semi-finalists in 2019.
Huw Griffith’s side only confirmed their place in this season’s Championship Conference in the last game of phase one, but they have proved their worth by taking points off The New Saints and Bala Town in the last month. It will certainly be a tight and entertaining encounter this afternoon.
Looking ahead to today’s game, Gavin Chesterfield said:
“We’ve played Caernarfon four times already this season and we probably know the majority of things about each other. Huw will probably say the same. Last Saturday we showed a good intensity, work ethic and character. That’s really pleasing for me because there wasn’t too much riding on the game.
“This Saturday is obviously a hell of a lot different. It’s great to be at home and our record here is very good which we’re very proud of. But we know we’re up against a good team, so it’s a game to look forward to. It certainly wets the appetite.”
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 Jenner Park, but you will be able to follow this afternoon’s fixture through live updates on our Twitter page and watch live on Sgorio.