Newtown vs Barry Town United | JD Cymru Premier preview

We travel to Newtown this afternoon for the first of two away games in a row in the JD Cymru Premier (kick-off 2:30pm).

We have won both of our games on the road so far this season, at Flint Town United and Aberystwyth Town, contributing to a five-game winning run that we will be hoping to continue this afternoon.

The latest victory came in midweek against Cardiff Metropolitan University, when David Cotterill’s second half free-kick was just reward for a game in which Barry had several clear-cut goalscoring opportunities but had to settle for a 1-0 win.

Meanwhile, Newtown come into today’s game following two consecutive losses away from home, firstly at Penybont and then at The New Saints on Tuesday night. It was goalless at the break at Park Hall, but two second half goals from Dean Ebbe condemned Chris Hughes’s side to defeat.

Newtown did earn three points in their last home game, and in emphatic style too – they defeated Cefn Druids 4-1 at the end of September. Despite trailing, goals from Ryan Edwards and Neil Mitchell, plus a brace from Nick Rushton, turned the game around.

That does however stand as the club’s only victory in seven Cymru Premier games so far this campaign, placing them ninth in the table ahead of today’s fixtures. With ten goals scored, finding the back of the net has not been a problem, but at the other end, Newtown are yet to keep a clean sheet.

We were victorious at Latham Park last season as first half goals from Sion Spence, Keyon Reffell and Kayne McLaggon proved the difference in a 3-2 win in October that maintained our unbeaten start to the campaign and ensured we remained top of the table. The Robins then defeated us 1-0 on two consecutive weekends at Jenner Park in November and December, first in the league and then in the Welsh Cup. Despite both teams finishing in the top six, the curtailed season meant that there were no phase two meetings between the sides.

Looking ahead to the game, Gavin Chesterfield said:

“You’re definitely at your most vulnerable when you think you’ve got football beat, so we know it’ll be a tough match. Success is built off people who are resilient, hard-working and honest and this group of lads are all those things. Latham Park is a difficult place to go and Newtown are a really good team so we look forward to the challenge and fingers crossed we can keep this run going.”

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 Latham Park, but you will be able to follow this afternoon’s fixture through live updates on our Twitter page.