This afternoon we play our final away game of the regular JD Cymru Premier season as we travel to The New Saints (kick-off 2:30pm).
It is our second fixture against a title-chasing side in the space of five days following a 2-1 defeat to Connah’s Quay Nomads on Tuesday night.
We deservedly took the lead midway through the second half against Andy Morrison’s side as Theo Wharton scored his first goal for the club from a tight angle.
However, the game turned nine minutes later when the Nomads were awarded a penalty in the box. The decision was a baffling one, as Jamie Bird had appeared to make a perfectly clean tackle in the box on Declan Poole. Callum Morris put the spot-kick away and then Craig Curran completed the turnaround less than two minutes later.
Despite the result, it was a strong performance that provided Gavin Chesterfield with plenty of encouragement ahead of these final two league fixtures and the European playoffs.
Also on Tuesday, TNS ran out convincing 3-0 winners against Penybont thanks to second half goals from Ben Clark, Ryan Brobbel and Leo Smith.
It was a first victory in four games for Anthony Limbrick’s side and kept them two points behind the Nomads in the race for the title.
TNS’s dreams of regaining the trophy would be over if they drop points this afternoon and their rivals at Deeside beat Caernarfon Town.
The Oswestry outfit have won all three of their games against Barry so far this season, but we have taken a point from Park Hall on our phase two visits there in both of the last two years.
On both occasions we came from two goals down to draw 2-2. In 2018/19, Jon Hood’s sensational free-kick in the 96th-minute levelled the affair, while there was also late drama last year as Luke Cooper bundled home in the 92nd-minute.
Speaking after Tuesday night’s defeat, Gavin Chesterfield said:
“Saturday will be another tough game for us. But it’s important that we keep our performance level from tonight for the spirit of competition, for the integrity of the league and to try to build some form going into the playoffs.
“Park Hall is a tough place to go, but we’ve arguably got a better record than most other teams there over the last couple of years. I hope we turn up with a good performance again and translate that into a good result.”
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.