It is our final game of the regular JD Cymru Premier season this afternoon as we host Caernarfon Town (kick-off 12pm).
All eyes will be on the title fight between Connah’s Quay Nomads and The New Saints, but today’s match at Jenner Park is a dress rehearsal for the European playoff semi-final.
Barry and Caernarfon will meet again next weekend, with the winner progressing to the final against either Penybont or Newtown to decide who will be the fourth team representing Wales in continental competition next season. Barring a six-goal Caernarfon win this afternoon, that semi-final will also be played at Jenner Park.
Town were beaten 3-0 away at TNS last weekend, but Gavin Chesterfield was keen to take the positives from Park Hall, as his side proved a good match for the title challengers in the first half.
It was also good to see Callum Sainty and Josh Graham make their returns from injury and we hope to continue bringing bodies back ahead of next weekend.
Caernarfon were beaten 4-0 by Connah’s Quay in their last outing, a result made worse by Lewis Brass’s second half red card which means the goalkeeper is suspended for today’s game and next weekend.
This is the third successive season since their promotion to the top flight that the Gwynedd side have competed in the Championship Conference and now they are aiming to qualify for Europe for the first time.
We won three points against Caernarfon in dramatic style in our last meeting, as Curtis Hutson’s 91st-minute goal secured a 1-0 win at The Oval at the start of phase two.
Huw Griffith’s men last made the trip to Jenner Park back in September, when a brace from Kayne McLaggon and a bullet header from Curtis McDonald help us to a 3-1 victory.
Looking ahead to this afternoon’s game, Gavin Chesterfield said:
“Caernarfon are a good team, Huw will have them organised. We’ve had some good games with them this season already and I’m looking forward to the match. But it’s after that that really matters and that stimulus of the playoffs is good for our players. It’s an exciting time.”
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.