Barry Town United vs Cardiff Metropolitan University | JD Cymru Premier preview

Tonight we welcome Cardiff Metropolitan University to Jenner Park as the JD Cymru Premier continues to charge on (kick-off 7:45pm).

This is the first time since we were promoted back to the top-flight three years ago that we will not be facing Cardiff Met in the regular league season in a double header over the Christmas period. To date, the results from those festive fixtures stand at three Barry victories, two wins for the Archers and one draw.

It finished 1-1 at Jenner Park on Boxing Day last year before we won 1-0 at Cyncoed four days later – Mo Touray’s goal securing a place in the top six to ensure we ended 2019 on a high. Cardiff Met would finish the season in seventh place on points-per-game, with the curtailed season denying them the opportunity to achieve European qualification in the play-offs for the second consecutive year. 

Christian Edwards’s side have struggled for form so far in 2020-21, with just one win from six games. That came on the opening weekend in a thrilling 3-2 victory away to Aberystwyth Town, when they trailed twice at Park Avenue but two late goals from Ollie Hulbert secured the three points.

Since then, Cardiff Met have drawn with Haverfordwest and Cefn Druids and lost to The New Saints, Penybont and most recently Caernarfon Town. The Cofis ran out 3-0 winners at Cyncoed in front of the Sgorio cameras on Saturday, as the Students were punished for Eliot Evans’s first half penalty miss.

Meanwhile, Barry head into tonight’s game in search of a fifth win in a row. Fantastic determination and team spirit was shown to achieve the latest victory as we defeated Aberystwyth 2-1 away from home on Saturday. Steff Davies put the Ceredigion side ahead early in the second half, before our task was made even harder by Clayton Green’s red card on the hour mark which rules him out of tonight’s game.

However two goals in three minutes, first from Kayne McLaggon and then Jordan Cotterill, turned the game around and gave us a crucial win. It means that we remain third in the Cymru Premier going into tonight’s fixture.

Looking ahead to the game, Gavin Chesterfield said:

“Cardiff Met are an established Cymru Premier team and I know they’ll be well-coached, well-organised and difficult opponents. We know each other well, so it’ll be a good game. That’s the thing with this league, there’s no easy matches and anyone can beat anyone and that’s what makes it exciting.”

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 evening’s fixture through live updates on our Twitter page.