We travel to Flint Town United this evening for our first away league game of the season, with the fixture live on Sgorio (kick-off 5:45pm).
The Silkmen are back in the JD Cymru Premier for the first time since 1998 after finishing second in the Cymru North last season. They have made a strong start to life back at this level, winning two of their opening three fixtures. Manager Niall McGuinness has coached in the league before with Rhyl, while the club have also used the transfer window to add top-flight experience in shape of Nathan Craig and Wes Baynes.
Craig scored the only goal in Flint’s 1-0 win over Newtown on the opening weekend before they were defeated 3-1 by Aberystwyth six days later. Flint were then in action again on Wednesday night in their rearranged fixture with Cefn Druids, and emerged 2-1 victors at The Rock. It means that they head into today’s game second in the table at this early stage.
Meanwhile, Barry are placed eighth after bouncing back from an opening day defeat to The New Saints with a 3-1 victory over Caernarfon Town at Jenner Park last weekend. After an even opening to the game, Barry took control of proceedings and Kayne McLaggon gave us the lead seven minutes before half-time. After the break, summer signing Curtis McDonald powered in a header from a Jordan Cotterill corner and McLaggon volleyed in his second of the afternoon to wrap up the win. Mike Hayes’s close-range finish proved only a consolation for the Cofis.
This will be our first meeting with Flint since our 2-0 win in the 2013 Welsh Cup quarter-final. Goals from Ryan Evans and Ryan Jenkins secured a place in the last four for the first time in a decade and marked the first ever appearance of a fully-amateur Barry side at the Welsh Cup semi-final stage.
Looking ahead to the game, Gavin Chesterfield said:
“While Prestatyn won the Cymru North last season, Flint were really competitive and since then they’ve add strength, experience and quality. Niall as a manager has experience in this league previously too. We know they’ll be well prepared and well organised, but they’ll know that we will as well.
“It won’t be an easy place to go. It’s a long time since I’ve been there actually, but it’s a fresh ground for us and a chance to get another three points.”
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 Essity Stadium, but you will be able to follow the game live on S4C and through updates on our Twitter page.