The New Saints vs Barry Town United | JD Cymru Premier preview

After a four-week break in play due to Wales’ firebreak lockdown, we are back in action in the JD Cymru Premier today as we travel to The New Saints (kick-off 5:15pm, live on Sgorio).

Our last game before the firebreak was a 0-0 draw against Connah’s Quay Nomads, with both sides finishing the game with ten men – David Cotterill’s late red card meaning he is suspended for today’s fixture.

We currently sit fourth in the league table, behind the Bala Town, the Nomads and today’s hosts TNS.

Due to their professional status, Scott Ruscoe’s side continued to play during the firebreak and beat Haverfordwest 3-2 before drawing 1-1 with Bala last weekend.

Those results have left them in top spot as they aim to win back the title they lost for the first time in eight years last season.

They have been in imperious form in their quest for glory and are unbeaten in the opening ten games, scoring 32 goals and conceding just five.

TNS won 3-0 at Jenner Park back on the opening weekend of the season, but we travel to Oswestry in the knowledge that our recent record at Park Hall is a good one.

Since our promotion back to the top-flight in 2017, we have lost just once on five visits – and last season took four points from our two trips there.

In phase one, Evan Press’s first half thunderbolt was enough to secure a 1-0 win, while in phase two – in what proved to be our final match before the season was curtailed – we drew 2-2 thanks to an Aeron Edwards own goal in second half stoppage time, having trailed 2-0 at half-time.

Looking ahead to the game, Gavin Chesterfield said:

“It’s great to be back playing. The squad have worked hard over lockdown and we are excited to go to Park Hall. While it is a tough challenge, it is one the lads will relish and try to maintain our good record there in recent times.

“In terms of the squad, some miss out through injury, suspension and an international call up but it’s great to welcome some back from injury also. The game is live on TV and while supporters are sadly unable to be at Park Hall with us we know you’ll be following closely on tv.”

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