Kyle Patten signs for Barry Town United

We’re keeping it in the family this transfer window, as Barry Town United are delighted to confirm the signing of Kyle Patten.

Kyle, the brother of current Barry midfielder Robbie, joins the club from Southern League side Merthyr Town, where he has spent the last five years.

Patten played in both the Cardiff City and Newport County academies, signing a professional deal with the Exiles in September 2014. In the same month, he headed out on to Bath City on loan.

Another loan spell to Merthyr would follow in January 2015, before his Football League debut for Newport came as a substitute against Dagenham & Redbridge three months later. That summer, Patten midfielder joined Merthyr on a permanent deal.

Now the 25-year-old makes the switch to Jenner Park having scored in his final game for the Martyrs on Tuesday night against Hayes & Yeading.

Gavin Chesterfield said:

“Kyle is a versatile player who can play in both defence and midfield. He comes with a good pedigree and background both with Cardiff and Newport. He has shown a real desire to want to play for our football club and I’m delighted to have him with us.”

Hood heads down under

Jon Hood Goodbye

Barry Town United can confirm that Jon Hood has departed the club as he prepares for an exciting new adventure in Australia.

Jon joined Barry from Port Talbot in January 2018, making an immediate impact by scoring on his debut against Aberystwyth Town. Later that season, he netted the equaliser in a 1-1 draw with Newtown that secured seventh place in the Welsh Premier League and a Europa League play-off spot.

In his first full season at the club, Jon played a key role in the team finishing third in the table and qualifying for the Europa League. He netted vital goals, including a 97th minute free-kick to equalise against TNS at Park Hall. He would start both European games against Cliftonville and begin the new Cymru Premier season with a stunning winning goal against Penybont.

In total, Hood made 55 appearances for the club and scored 16 goals, most of which came in spectacular fashion. The Jon Hood ‘tap-in’ became a trademark in his two years at Jenner Park, and he arguably could have held his own Goal of the Season competition in 2018-19.

Gavin Chesterfield said:

“Jon’s departure has been something both Jon and the club have planned for since the summer. Whilst we’re sad to lose both his talent as a footballer and his character off the field, he goes with our blessing for his new adventure in Australia. Jon has been fantastic for us since we signed him two years ago and I wish him nothing but the best for the future.” We thank Hoody for all his contributions in a Barry shirt and wish him the very best of luck in his new journey.

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Stunning comeback sees Barry Town Vets Over 50s progress in cup

Barry Town Vets Over 50s faced Cwmbran at Jenner Park and found themselves deservedly 3-0 down with only 25 minutes to play, but five goals in 15 minutes saw the team Barry surprisingly progress into the semi-final of the Wales Veterans over 50s Cup. 

Barry started tentatively and the defence in front of keeper Harding – Stait, Averies, Simms and Staddon – were put under immediate pressure, and when the manager’s warning was not heeded, they disappointingly allowed Cwmbran to take the lead from a corner.

Worse was to come as Stait’s loose pass was pounced upon by Cwmbran’s Carpanini. He played in his centre forward who finished with aplomb to put his team 2-0 in front. Barry were ponderous throughout the team, but particularly at the back and with Cwmbran’s powerful striker Walker in a menacing mood, they were asking for trouble. That’s just what they got when tentative defending allowed the big man to put his side three up, with the home side looking like they may be on to a hiding as half time approached!

During the break, managers Huish and particularly Blackie berated the team accordingly and before the latter brought on himself, Marshall and Murray, he asked his players to ‘win the second half’. Although it took a further 20 minutes to make an impact, they duly did!

As the second half started, Barry were still under pressure and Walker forced a brilliant save from stopper Harding, but when Huish changed the formation to a back three, there was an immediate change in fortunes. Blackie was commanding his defence and his back four partner Simms started to get to grips with Walker. Murray and Dupuy were getting space, James and Marshall were dictating the midfield and Sullivan, who had looked a frustrated figure for most of the game, sprang to life, cutting inside two defenders before unleashing a screamer into the top corner.

This ignited the team and suddenly there was belief. Fredriksen rounded the keeper for the second and minutes later a Dupuy ‘looper’ perplexed the opposition keeper and the scores were level! The hosts were now playing like the side they can be. Fredriksen headed home his second from a Sullivan cross and Barry were ahead.

Dupuy made the game safe when he drilled home another cross from the resurgent Sullivan, and his team were through to the next round where they will face Swansea.  

This week the over 50s travel to Penybont for a league game, whilst the over 60s travel to Ystrad Mynach to face Merthyr Tydfil.

2019/20 Barry Town Vets fixtures and results

Sept 8   Penybont 2 -3 BARRY 55s

Sept 15 BARRY 50s 1-0 Cardiff Accies

Sept 22 BARRY 55s 4-0 Merthyr

Oct 6     Newport 2-6 BARRY 55s

Oct 20   BARRY 50s 1-2 Continental

Oct 20   BARRY 60s 0-0 Swansea

Oct 27   BARRY 55s 8-1 Llantrisant

Nov 3    Merthyr 4-1 BARRY 50s

Nov 10  Swansea 3-1 BARRY 55s

Nov 24  BARRY 55s 3-0 Penybont       

Dec 1    Swansea 3-7 BARRY 50s

Dec 8    Barry 55s 4-0 Merthyr (CUP)

Dec 15  BARRY 50s 0-1 Nelson

Dec 15  BARRY 60s 3-0 Newport

Jan 5     Merthyr 1-9 BARRY 55s

Jan 12 BARRY 50s 5-3 Cwmbran Celtic (CUP)

Jan 26   Penybont vs BARRY 50s / Bryntirion Park / 2pm

Feb 2     Swansea vs BARRY 55s / Llandarcy Sports / 2pm

Feb 9     BARRY 50s vs Llantrisant / TBC / TBC

Feb 16  BARRY 55s vs Newport / TBC / TBC

Feb 23  BARRY 50s vs Mathern / TBC / TBC     

Feb 23  Penybont vs BARRY 60s / Ystrad Mynach Centre / 4.30pm                 

March 8 Llantrisant vs BARRY 60s / TBC / 4.30pm

Mar 15  Llantrisant vs BARRY 55s / Tonyrefail Welfare ground / 2pm    

Mar 29  Newport vs BARRY 50s / LLanwern Sports / 2pm 

Apr 5     BARRY 55s vs Swansea / TBC / TBC

Apr 19   Cwmbran vs BARRY 50s / Celtic Park, Cwmbran / TBC 

Barry Town United vs Carmarthen Town | JD Cymru Premier Preview

Barry Town United finish phase one of the JD Cymru Premier season with a home fixture against Carmarthen Town today (kick-off 5:15pm).

Town appeared to have earned a hard-fought 0-0 draw in terrible weather conditions away to Connah’s Quay Nomads last weekend, but Andy Morrison’s side won the game late on through goals from Jamie Insall and Declan Poole. The result leaves Barry in fourth position going into today’s fixture.

Meanwhile, it’s been a difficult campaign for Carmarthen so far, as they currently sit in 11th position with just two wins in 21 games. However Kristian O’Leary’s men are currently on a three-match unbeaten run, having drawn against Airbus and Penybont in their last two games following a 3-2 win over the latter on Boxing Day. Luke Bowen is very much the man in-form for the Old Gold after scoring five goals in those three matches.

A superb long range strike from Clayton Green proved to be the difference between Barry and Carmarthen in the first meeting between the two sides this season as we claimed a 1-0 win at Richmond Park at the end of August. The result was our seventh win in a row against the Old Gold since our return to the top-flight in 2017.

Barry welcome back Kayne McLaggon to today’s squad following suspension, whilst new signing Theo Wharton has received international clearance and could make his debut. There’s good news for Jordan Cotterill and Jonathan Hood who are both back in training. Callum Sainty’s hip operation went well this week but he will miss the next few months recovering, with Keyon Reffell, Robbie Patten and Troy Greening also all sidelined through injury.

Tickets at Jenner Park today will cost £8 for adults, £5 for concessions and £3 for kids.

Eli Phipps joins Penybont on loan

Barry Town United can confirm that Eli Phipps has joined fellow JD Cymru Premier side Penybont on loan until the end of the season.

The striker moved to Jenner Park from Weston-Super-Mare in the summer, but has been limited to just two starts so far this season – at home to Penybont and Newtown in the league. In addition, Phipps has made 13 substitute appearances.

He now makes the loan move down the road to the SDM Glass Stadium and everyone at Barry Town wishes him the very best of luck.

Gavin Chesterfield said:

“Eli is a valued member of our squad, but has found himself lacking playing opportunities of late. His attitude and talent deserve a platform and this loan move to Penybont provides him with a great opportunity to display these qualities. Naturally, I hope it goes well for both parties”.

Vacancy: Under-8 Academy Head Coach

We are Recruiting! Would you like to become a part of our thriving, exciting and extremely professional academy set up? Please find details below of a position that has opened up in the Barry Town United academy.

Title: U8 – Academy Head Coach
Reports to: Academy Director
Based at: Jenner Park

Key responsibilities and accountabilities:

  • Provide a high standard of coaching to the respective age group, educating them in line with the Barry Town academy philosophy and methodology as outlined in the academy coaching plan.
  • To assist the U9 Academy Head Coach during game days with player and game day management.
  • When able, aid in the scouting of potential academy players for the YDP phase to enhance the quality of players within our academy.
  • To assist players to set individual short- and long-term goals to create Individual Action Plans for all players.
  • To complete player progress reports on a quarterly basis highlighting area for development.
  • Devise and attend at least two player and parent evenings per season for each individual player in their squad to discuss areas for player improvement.
  • To develop and maintain a professional relationship with the parents of youngsters in the programme.
  • To assess trialists at both training and games and feed back to the Academy Director.
  • To identify players available each weekend for matches and communicate any additional player requirements to parents and players at the earliest opportunity.
  • If work commitments allow, attend tournaments, trips and tours when requested by the club.
  • Maintain an open line of communication with the Academy Director & U9 Head Coach to discuss potential player progression combined with highlighting any concerns.
  • Complete CPD (Continuous Professional Development) to maintain coaching qualifications with the FAW or FA.
  • To work with Head of Coaching in the completion of a personal Coach Development Plan in line with the Barry Town Coach Competency Framework.
  • To take responsibility for the care and maintenance of all age group training equipment and playing kit.
  • To ensure that all academy players adhere to the Barry Town core values and show a high level of respect and discipline.
  • To abide by all club policies and coaches code of conduct including (but not exclusive to) Safeguarding, Equality and Health & Safety.

Contract Length: All contracts are seasonal contracts based on the start and finish of the Barry Town United AFC Academy season.

Contract start & end date: Pending Recruitment

Qualifications: FAW C Certificate

Experience: Minimum of 3 years leading coaching sessions

Closing date: Friday 31st January 2019

In order to apply for the above position, please send a CV and cover letter highlighting why you feel you are the most suitable candidate for the role of “U8 Head Coach” role at Barry Town United AFC to the below contact.

Damian Flynn
Position: Academy Director
E: damian.flynn@barrytown.co.uk

Theo Wharton joins Barry Town United

Barry Town United are delighted to announce the signing of midfielder Theo Wharton.

Wharton, most recently of Hereford, was born in Cwmbran and came through the Cardiff City academy to make two appearances for the first team in the FA Cup against West Bromwich Albion and Macclesfield. He was also capped by Wales at Under-17, Under-19 and Under-21 level in his time as a Bluebird.

Following a loan spell at Weston-super-Mare, Wharton left the Welsh capital in 2017 to join York City before spending time on loan at Tamworth. He has also played for Nuneaton Borough and Hereford in the last two years.

The 25-year-old has made 15 appearances for the Saint Kitts and Nevis national team, debuting against Haiti in November 2016. He has two goals for the Caribbean nation to date, both coming in a 10-0 win over Saint Martin in CONCACAF Nations League qualifying in October 2018.

Manager Gavin Chesterfield said:

“Theo is a player I’ve known for a long time both through his dad Sean and during his time at Cardiff. It’s no secret that we’ve missed elements of control in midfield particularly due to losing Troy and Robbie through injury in August.

“Theo is an exciting player who has a good pedigree and I feel we will be a really good fit for each other. He’s been training with the squad for the last month and has integrated very well.”

Connah’s Quay Nomads vs Barry Town United | JD Cymru Premier Preview

Barry Town United begin 2020 with a trip to Connah’s Quay Nomads this afternoon in the penultimate game of the JD Cymru Premier phase one (kick-off 2:30pm).

Mo Touray’s first goal of the season proved to be decisive last time out in a 1-0 win over Cardiff Met – our first victory at Cyncoed since promotion in 2017. With Cefn Druids losing on the same night, the result also confirmed Barry’s place in the Cymru Premier Championship Conference for the second successive season. Going in to today’s game, we sit fourth in the table on 37 points.

Connah’s Quay meanwhile are six points better off in second place, having won their last three games in a row. A double from Michael Bakare saw them come from behind to beat Bala Town 2-1, before they beat Airbus UK 2-1 and 4-0 in the space of four days over the Christmas period. Andy Morrison’s men currently hold the joint best defensive record in the division, having conceded just 15 goals so far this campaign.

Barry were beaten 4-0 by Connah’s Quay at Jenner Park in the first meeting between the two sides this season, as Michael Wilde and Jamie Insall both grabbed two goals each. However Town were left playing with ten men for much of the game following Jonathan Hood’s red card midway through the first half. Nonetheless, we head to Deeside this afternoon having earned a point in both games there last season – Touray scoring a brace in a 2-2 draw in phase one and Hood netting in the 1-1 stalemate in phase two.

The squad continues to be plighted by injuries at present, as Jordan Cotterill and Jonathan Hood were both forced off over the Christmas period and are ruled out of today’s game. Meanwhile, Kayne McLaggon’s booking in the away game at Cardiff Met meant he reached the limit for yellow cards and is suspended. Callum Sainty, Robbie Patten and Troy Greening remain sidelined. In better news, Jack Compton is set to return to the matchday squad this afternoon, while Drew Fahiya is back from illness. Curtis Watkins may also return.

Tickets at Deeside this afternoon will cost £7 for adults and £3 for concessions.

Barry Town Vets Over 55s start 2020 in style

Four-goal hero Mike Bobbett

In their first match of 2020, Barry Town Vets Over 55s were just too good for a sprightly Merthyr Tydfil as they secured an impressive 9-1 victory, including a fabulous four goals for evergreen Mike Bobbett. It means that the defence of their over 55s League crown is now very much back in their own hands.

Although missing a number of key players, Barry were still able to field a strong squad at Abercynon, so much so that they dominated the match pretty much from start to finish and in fact the scoreline could have been even more emphatic! 

Merthyr are always a tough nut to crack but with Barry in this form, Merthyr’s weaknesses were immediately exploited by the midfield of Huish, Price, Marshall and Dupuy, and full backs Staddon and Gibbins, whilst strikers Welsh and Bobbett terrorised their opponents. ‘Jonah’ Jones continued with his impressive scoring run, slotting home Dupuy’s corner with aplomb. Price scored shortly afterwards when he slammed home from close range after his header was parried.

The visitors went three up when Bobbett took advantage of a defensive lapse to finish from a tight angle. Barry stopper John Jones was a mere spectator, and apart from one defensive mix-up which allowed the Merthyr striker to score cheaply, this was a consummate back four performance from Gibbins, Jones, Averies and Staddon. 

Merthyr’s momentary chink of hope was crushed however, when Bobbett scored his second and then completed his hat-trick with an audacious lob, proving that when he’s in this kind of mood he is almost unplayable.

In the second half Dupuy took centre stage, first supplying a superb cross, which was powerfully headed home by Welsh and then getting on the scoresheet himself with a delightful chip over the stranded keeper. The pack was shuffled with Brown and Taylor entering the fray, but man-of-the-match Bobbett was relentless, scoring his fourth after robbing the opposition number five.

But the best was still to come as Huish screamed a shot into the top corner from 25 yards to complete the rout and send out a clear warning to the other teams in the league.

Next week the over 50s travel to Cwmbran for a cup match against last years beaten finalists.

2019/20 Barry Town Vets fixtures and results

Sept 8   Penybont 2 -3 BARRY 55s

Sept 15 BARRY 50s 1-0 Cardiff Accies

Sept 22 BARRY 55s 4-0 Merthyr

Oct 6     Newport 2-6 BARRY 55s

Oct 20   BARRY 50s 1-2 Continental

Oct 20   BARRY 60s 0-0 Swansea

Oct 27   BARRY 55s 8-1 Llantrisant

Nov 3    Merthyr 4-1 BARRY 50s

Nov 10  Swansea 3-1 BARRY 55s

Nov 24  BARRY 55s 3-0 Penybont       

Dec 1    Swansea 3-7 BARRY 50s

Dec 8    Barry 55s 4-0 Merthyr (CUP)

Dec 15  BARRY 50s 0-1 Nelson

Dec 15  BARRY 60s 3-0 Newport

Jan 5     Merthyr 1-9 BARRY 55s

Jan 12 Cwmbran Celtic vs BARRY 50s / Celtic Park, Cwmbran / 11am

Jan 26   Penybont vs BARRY 50s / Bryntirion Park / 2pm

Feb 2     Swansea vs BARRY 55s / LLandarcy Sports / 2pm

Feb 9     BARRY 50s vs Llantrisant / TBC / TBC

Feb 16  BARRY 55s vs Newport / TBC / TBC

Feb 23  BARRY 50s vs Mathern / TBC / TBC     

Feb 23  Penybont vs BARRY 60s / Ystrad Mynach Centre / 4.30pm                 

March 8 Llantrisant vs BARRY 60s / TBC / 4.30pm

Mar 15  Llantrisant vs BARRY 55s / Tonyrefail Welfare ground / 2pm    

Mar 29  Newport vs BARRY 50s / LLanwern Sports / 2pm 

Apr 5     BARRY 55s vs Swansea / TBC / TBC

Apr 19   Cwmbran vs BARRY 50s / Celtic Park, Cwmbran / TBC 

Cardiff Metropolitan University vs Barry Town United | JD Cymru Premier Preview

Barry Town United’s final game of 2019 comes against Cardiff Metropolitan University this evening, with kick-off at Cyncoed Campus at 7:45pm.

The two sides of course met only four days ago on Boxing Day, playing out a 1-1 draw at Jenner Park. Jordan Cotterill’s first goal of the season put Barry ahead just five minutes into the match as he dispossessed Bradley Woolridge in the middle of the park and finished well past Will Fuller. However Jordan Lam equalised for Met a quarter of an hour later with a curling effort from outside of the box. Neither side could find a winner in the second half as Mike Lewis made a number of good saves and Town had an effort cleared off the line.

This is the third season in a row where we have played Cardiff Met twice in quick succession over the Christmas period. Last year Kayne McLaggon and Jordan Cotterill scored in a 2-1 win at Jenner Park before a 3-0 defeat at Cyncoed – a result Gavin Chesterfield’s side will certainly be hoping to avenge this evening.

Before this year’s Boxing Day game, Met ended a three game winless run in the league by defeating The New Saints 2-1 away from home thanks to goals from Joel Edwards and Will Evans. Christian Edwards’s side are currently eighth in the JD Cymru Premier table, but could end the calendar year in the top six with victory this evening if other results go their way. Town meanwhile currently sit in fourth, and three points would effectively confirm a top six spot with two games of phase one left to play.

Barry suffered a trio of injuries on Boxing Day, as Jordan Cotterill (shoulder), Sion Spence (knee) and Curtis Watkins (ankle) all had to be substituted. All three are unavailable for today’s game, and join Troy Greening, Robbie Patten and Jack Compton on the sidelines. In more positive news, Keyon Reffell and Jonathan Hood are back in contention for selection.

Looking ahead to this evening’s game, Gavin Chesterfield said:

“The squad is stretched at the moment but that’s why we carry a squad of players. We are not going to make an issue of the injuries suffered so far, they are unfortunate but it’s part of the game and we have to deal with it. The Boxing Day clash was full of honesty and competitive spirit but was a game that lacked quality in my opinion. We were disappointed in our performance. Whilst our record at Cyncoed Campus isn’t great, it would be nice to sign off a successful decade with a positive outcome in tonight’s game.”

Tickets at Cyncoed this evening cost £6 for adults and £3 for concessions. Children under 10 go free with a paying adult, while it’s £2 for children over 10 with a paying adult.