Phase two of the JD Cymru Premier begins this afternoon as Barry Town United host Connah’s Quay Nomads (kick-off 2:30pm).
Barry ended phase one with an emphatic 7-1 win over Carmarthen Town as Kayne McLaggon, Mo Touray, Luke Cooper, Jack Compton, Clayton Green and Evan Press all got on the score sheet at Jenner Park. Following results last night, we go into our first match of the Championship Conference four points behind Bala Town in third and five clear of Newtown in fifth.
Connah’s Quay meanwhile head into the final ten games of the season in second position, four points behind league leaders The New Saints. They fell to a 2-1 defeat to Scott Ruscoe’s side in the final game of phase one, despite going in front at Park Hall through Michael Wilde’s goal. The Nomads have been in cup action in the last couple of weeks, beating Afan Lido 8-0 in the Welsh Cup fourth round a fortnight ago before winning the Nathaniel MG Cup last Saturday with a 3-0 win over STM Sports.
Both games between Barry and Connah’s Quay so far this season have ended in victory for Andy Morrison’s side – 4-0 at Jenner Park in November and 2-0 at Deeside in early January. Gavin Chesterfield will look to last season for happier memories against today’s opponents, when Barry remained unbeaten in all four league meetings.
Kyle Patten and David Cotterill, who signed for the club on the penultimate day of the transfer window, are both in contention to make their debuts this afternoon. Meanwhile there’s good news for Robbie Patten and Keyon Reffell who are back in training after injury. Jack Compton has unfortunately picked up an injury in the mid-season break, and joins Callum Sainty and Troy Greening on the sidelines.
Looking ahead to today’s game, Gavin Chesterfield said:
“I’m expecting organisation, quality and experience from Connah’s Quay – everything you expect in a top team. That’s what the top six brings now. It’s relentless week in, week out and you have to show your mettle. So far this season we’ve had some frustrating encounters against them, so it’s important that we bounce back and give a good account of ourselves.”
Tickets at Jenner Park this afternoon will cost £8 for adults, £5 for concessions and £3 for kids.