Cardiff Met vs Barry Town United | Welsh Cup | Match Preview

After we progressed to the quarter final of the Nathaniel MG Cup on Tuesday night with a 3-0 win over Trefelin BGC, this Saturday we turn our attention to Cardiff Met away in the Third Round of The JD Welsh Cup.

Looking ahead to the match, Gavin Chesterfield noted that Cardiff Met like anywhere in our league  is a ‘tough place’ to go but also that The JD Welsh Cup is ‘a competition that we care deeply about and one that we want to go deep into’. Indeed, the winners of the national Cup secure a place in the qualifying rounds of the Europa Conference League. 

Our opponents this weekend find themselves in 7th place in the JD Cymru Premier League, just 2 points behind us. The Archers have won, drawn and lost 2 of their opening six league games so far this term.  Last season, we faced Cardiff Met twice in the league and our opponents failed to pick up any points on either occasion as a 2-1 win away and a 1-0 win at home ensured we did the double. 

We go into this game in good spirits despite suffering our first league defeat since the opening day of the season at the hands of The New Saints last weekend. Despite the loss, Gavin noted that there was ‘lots to like’ about our spirited performance at The Park Hall Stadium. On Tuesday night, another good performance ensured we secured a triumphant 3-0 victory against Trefelin BGC, a game which saw striker Nat Jarvis back in the goals with a brace. 

Gavin and the players will be eager to progress to the fourth round of The JD Welsh Cup this Saturday and continue what has been a promising start to our 2021/22 campaign.

Barry Town United vs Trefelin BGC | Nathaniel MG Cup | Match Preview

This Tuesday we turn our attention to the Nathaniel MG Cup as we face Trefelin BGC at Jenner Park in the third round of the competition.

Our opponents are currently 9th in the Cymru South, winning, drawing and losing 3 of their opening 9 games of the league season. In the previous round of the cup on the opening day of the season we ran out comfortable 5-0 winners against old friends Llanelli Town.

Historically, we have had success in this cup competition. Most recently, in 2017, we reached the Cup Final but were unable to lift the trophy after a 4-0 loss to The New Saints. However, our greatest successes in the competition came in the late nineties with us winning the League Cup in four successive seasons from 1996-97 to 1999-2000.

With the abandonment of the League Cup in the 2020-21 season and our early exit in the second round of the 2019/20 Cup, both Gavin and the players will be eager for a cup run this time round. Similarly, after TNS ended our 5-game unbeaten run on Saturday, the match against Trefelin gives us an opportunity to build momentum ahead of our JD Welsh Cup game away at Cardiff Met on Saturday. 

The New Saints vs Barry Town United | JD Cymru Premier | Match Preview

Tomorrow we travel to the Park Hall Stadium to face a TNS side that sit top in the JD Welsh Premier League after the opening 5 games of the season.

Gavin Chesterfield has described this Saturday’s 17:15 kick-off as always ‘a tough game’ but also noted that we’re in a ‘good place’ following 4 successive wins. After a tremendous 1-0 victory last week against reigning league champions Connah’s Quay Nomads, our players will be travelling to Oswestry full of confidence and hoping to come away with a positive result.

Our opponents have begun the season in fine form and are unbeaten coming into this match. However, at Penybont last week, the league leaders were lucky to come away with a point after Declan McManus salvaged a late goal for The New Saints thereby earning them a 1-1 draw. 

Notable results during the early exchanges of this season for the league leaders include a convincing 4-1 win at Newtown as well as a 5-3 victory over Caernarfon Town on home soil. Indeed, TNS average 3 goals a game so far this term in the Cup and Cymru Premier League, a stat our defence must be wary of. Nevertheless, Gavin and the players will be confident they can keep the TNS attack quiet after a similarly impressive start to the season, having only conceded 5 goals in our opening 7 games, scoring 16 goals ourselves.

Last season, we failed to beat TNS on three occasions, in the two corresponding fixtures in Oswestry we fell 2-1 and 3-0 losers, while TNS were 6-0 victors at Jenner Park. Despite our woes against TNS in 2020/21, we have enjoyed success in previous seasons against The Saints. Notably, in the 2019/20 season, we returned to Barry from the Park Hall Stadium 1-0 victors, after an outstanding Evan Press strike from outside the box.

This weekend’s live Sgorio fixture is one in which Gavin and the players will be eager to continue our promising beginning to the season. 

£3000 raised for Macmillan Cancer Support

Following the recent success of Neil ‘Davo’ Davies’ Testimonial match and fundraising Day at Jenner Park, Neil along with representatives from Wales Veterans Football and Barry Town United were pleased to hand over a cheque for £3000 to Macmillan, who have been supporting Neil and his family in his recent battle with terminal cancer.


Neil, who resides in Barry, was keen to raise awareness of the illness, but also to generate much needed funds for the Macmillan Cancer UK Charity, and on Saturday 14th August at Jenner Park a Veterans football match provided the centre-piece of a day of fundraising activities. An auction, skilfully hosted by Cardiff City legend and Barry Town Veterans player Roger Gibbins, contributed to a grand total of £3000 for Macmillan Cancer Charity along with a further £1250 towards a short break for Neil and his partner Helen.


Chris Dickson, Sharon Corbett and Sheila Gifford, members of The Pontyclun and District Macmillan Fundraising Group gratefully accepted the cheque from Neil and Mark Barratt, chairman of Barry Town United Football Club, which will help them continue with their good work.

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

On Saturday 11 September, in front of a lively Jenner Park crowd, we celebrated Gavin Chesterfield’s record-breaking 491stgame in charge of the Town with a 1-0 win against the reigning league champions Connah’s Quay Nomads. 

Hours before kick-off, supporters began to arrive at the ground to celebrate the achievements of Gavin. When 14:30 struck and the referee blew his whistle to commence the match, Jenner Park was host to over 1200 fans who supported the team tremendously throughout the game.

Connah’s Quay began the game brightly and were awarded a soft penalty in the sixth minute after a late Clayton Green challenge in the box. However, Barry goalkeeper Mike Lewis denied Callum Morris  from the penalty spot with a terrific save low to his right which was met with a roar from the home supporters.

As the game progressed, the home side’s presence in the final-third began to grow. In the 25th minute, after a Luke Cummings  long-throw into the Nomads area, Rhys Kavanagh latched onto a second-ball and fired a volley into the bottom corner of the net to put the Town 1-0 up. The cheer of the sizeable Jenner Park crowd when the ball hit the net was something we’ve all missed over the last 2 years!

Both sides began the second-half positively, Barry looking for that all-important second goal and the visitors searching for an equaliser. What was arguably the chance of the half fell to Nomads as striker Byron Junior Harrison found himself one-on-one but, on his weak left foot, saw his shot sail over the Barry crossbar.

In the 56th minute, in what was arguably a game-changing moment, goalscorer Rhys Kavanagh was hacked down by Nomads defender John Disney, denying Kavanagh the chance to unleash an attack  on goal and prompting the referee to dismiss Disney for a straight red card. 

However, the away-side fought valiantly after going down to 10 men and continued to push for the equaliser through a number of balls into the Barry box. Nevertheless, Barry looked dangerous on the counter-attack. In particular, in stoppage time, after some impressive work by both Evan Press and Kavanagh on the right-wing, substitute Brandon Griffiths found himself in space in the box and his subsequent shot looked certain for the net until a last-ditch block deflected the ball onto the crossbar. 

Ultimately, we were able to see out the game without reply and mark Gavin Chesterfield’s record-breaking match with an outstanding 1-0 victory. Gavin spoke of being ‘immensely proud’ of his achievements in his post-match interview and both the support of the crowd and performance of the players were only fitting to celebrate a momentous occasion for Gavin and the club.

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

Gavin Chesterfield takes charge of a record-breaking 491st game as the Barry Town United manager this weekend as we host Connah’s Quay Nomads in the JD Welsh Premier League.

Chesterfield breaks Basil Bright’s record of 490 games in charge thereby making him the longest-serving manager in our 109-year history. To celebrate the occasion and Gavin’s achievements during his 14-year tenure as manager, there will be music, face painting and a bouncy castle at Jenner Park amongst other celebrations this Saturday.

Similarly, the club will be inviting supporters to attend the 14:30 kick-off free of charge for the landmark occasion. 

We face The Nomads on the back of a 4-game unbeaten run, including a comprehensive 4-1 win away at Cefn Druids and a 3-2 win at home to Haverfordwest. In both the afore mentioned games, midfielder Clayton Green was able to lead us to victory with a brace and his outstanding performances have led to him being named JD Cymru Premier League player of the month for August. 

We face tough opposition on the weekend, however, in a Nomads side that have been league champions the previous two seasons and are unbeaten so far this season. Looking ahead to the fixture, Chesterfield noted that the game will be a ‘tough challenge’ but, with the support of the home crowd, hopes we can continue our good start to the season with another positive result.

A big turnout will be appreciated by everyone at the club to celebrate the achievements of Gavin and the team during his time in charge.

Three Barry Town veterans’ teams played their first competitive fixtures since 2020…and all three secured convincing wins

Barry Town o60s (pictured in their new kit, kindly supplied by chairman Mark Barratt) hosted a hard-working Merthyr team but dominated from the off. Although several opportunities were created they had to wait until the 20th minute for the evergreen Mike Bobbett to give them the lead, seizing onto a through ball by Bryan Sullivan. Timmy Morgan scored a second soon after to give the hosts a buffer. Merthyr remained dangerous and Richard Owen struck the cross-bar but, keeper Barry Niblett was rarely troubled in front of the impressive defensive unit of Brown, Gibbins, Staddon and Price. Huish and Marshall were in commanding form and it wasn’t long before more goals flowed….with Bobbett and Morgan scoring again, the latter with a big header. During the break manager Mark Jones rang the changes, sending on 74 four year olds’ Batt and Lennon along with Rutherford, Taffy Eveleigh and Mike Parkin and the domination continued. Steve Hill curled one in from the edge of the box and Brown slotted home after a mazy run. Parkin sealed an emphatic 7-0 victory, scoring his first goal since 1971!

The o50s faced a stubborn Cardiff Accies team at the University Fields in Llanrumney, but an early brace by Steve ‘Budge’ Hawtin set Barry on their way. He was denied his hat-trick when VAR ruled that he was ‘nowhere near’ when the Accies defender slammed the ball into his own net! Sims, Murphy, Davies and Averies, who replaced a debilitated Dolman, were composed in front of keeper Wills, whilst James marshalled his midfield charges Aggy Harris, Brown, Reilly, Webb and Dupuy to great effect. Sullivan, Roberts and Gareth ‘Skinny’ Richards led the line, and it was the latter who capped off an outstanding game with Barry’s third. A Damon Brown ‘bullet header’ secured a fine 0-5 win for Jimmy Blackie’s men.

The o40s, playing their first ever Wales Veterans League competitive match, completed a fine day for the veterans arm of the club with a convincing 7-2 win against Ynysddu. A strong team performance saw the hosts dominate for long periods and, although the visitors stayed resolute, on twenty minutes Yarr and then Baker put Barry into a deserved lead. Further goals by Yarr and Baker along with Howlett, Vick and Nunn completing a fine Wales Veterans League debut match for John Gee’s troops. A Nathan Edwards’ brace gave Ynysddu some respectability.

Alun Huish

Barry Town United vs Goytre AFC | JD Welsh Cup Second Round | Match Preview

This Saturday we turn our attention to the JD Welsh Cup as we host Goytre AFC in the second round.

The game will mark Gavin Chesterfield’s 490th game in charge of the Town, equaling Basil Bright’s tally of matches and thereby making Chesterfield our joint longest-serving manager. On September 11th Chesterfield will break the record at home to Connah’s Quay Nomads. This milestone will certainly be a cause for celebration and plans for the day will be announced over the weekend. 

We look forward to welcoming back Evan Press this weekend after he signed a new contract with the club on Deadline Day. Chesterfield believes Press has ‘developed immensely’ since his debut for the Town in 2018 and supporters and players alike are no doubt ecstatic at the news of his return. 

We will also be glad to see the return of Nathan Cadette on Saturday. Cadette was part of Gavin Chesterfield’s successful 2007/08 squad that was promoted from Division 2 to Division 1. This Saturday, however, Barry will be his opposition as Cadette returns to Jenner Park as the manager of a Goytre side that are unbeaten in their opening five games in the Ardal South East League and will be hoping to cause a cup upset. 

Coming off the back of two entertaining and pleasing league wins against Cefn Druids (4-1) and Haverfordwest (3-2), Chesterfield and our players will hope that we can continue this run and build momentum with a win against Goytre before we return to JD Cymru Premier League action next week.

Jenner Park, and grounds around Wales, will certainly be eager to welcome Welsh Cup football back as the pandemic cancelled it in the 2020/21 season and cut the 2019/20 competition short at the semi-final stages. 

Let’s hope the return of cup action and our 18 year wait to bring it back to Jenner Park acts as extra motivation to Chesterfield and the players in front of our home fans. 

Troy Greening joins Trethomas Bluebirds until January

Barry Town United can confirm that Troy Greening has joined Trethomas Bluebirds until January to gain match fitness.

Troy suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury against Penybont in August 2019 and he has been working hard ever since to return to football. The coronavirus pandemic delayed his recovery, but he underwent an operation in December 2020 and is now on track to be ready to play in October.

A spell in the Ardal Leagues South East will give Troy the opportunity to build up his fitness and get regular gametime.

Troy has been a huge part of our club over the last decade since signing from Newport County in 2012. The midfielder was heavily involved in the squads that won three promotions in four years, rising from Welsh League Division Three to the Welsh Premier League in the process. In 2014-2015, Troy was named Manager’s Young Player of the Season.

In total, the 28-year-old has made 185 appearances for the club, scoring 16 goals.

We wish Troy the best of luck at Trethomas Bluebirds and look forward to welcoming back our Number 8 in January.

Gavin Chesterfield said: “We’ve missed Troy. He’s an outstanding person and a very gifted footballer. He’s someone who has been with us through it all and someone who means a lot to everyone at the club.

“After a tough tough few years with injury, Troy has worked extremely hard in his rehab and is nearing the stage where game time is needed. I’d like to personally thank Mark Dunford and Trethomas Bluebirds for supporting Troy’s fitness and rehab.

“The plan is for both clubs to work closely with a view of seeing Troy back in a Barry shirt in the near future.”

Evan Press signs new Barry Town contract

Barry Town United are delighted to confirm that Evan Press has signed a new contract with the football club.

Having gained his football education in the academies of Cardiff City and Newport County, Evan joined Barry in the summer of 2018, originally as part of the development squad. He made a quick impression at Jenner Park though and was handed his first team debut as a substitute against Newtown in December 2018, going on to make five appearances in total in 2018-19 as we qualified for Europe for the first time in 16 years.

On the day after his 19th birthday, Evan made his full Barry debut against Cliftonville in the first leg of our Europa League preliminary round tie and put in a man of the match performance as we kept a clean sheet in a 0-0 draw. It was the start of a breakthrough season for the teenager, as he became a regular in the side in both defence and midfield and scored his first goal for the club against The New Saints: a stunning outside of the box strike that secured a famous 1-0 win. That goal won the Edgar’s Gift Champagne Moment at our 2019-20 awards ceremony, while Evan also received Manager’s Young Player of the Season.

More accolades followed last season following another strong campaign in which Evan scored three more goals – two in the 6-2 thrashing of Bala Town and a last-minute winner in the 2-1 victory over Cardiff Met. He was the recipient of the Manager’s Young Player of the Season award once again, in addition to the Supporters’ Player of the Season and Players’ Player of the Season.

In total, the 21-year-old has made 64 appearances for Barry and scored five goals, and we are very pleased that he will continue at Jenner Park for the 2021-22 campaign.  

Gavin Chesterfield said: “I’m delighted to confirm that Evan has signed a new contract at the club. He is a young player who has developed immensely in recent seasons with us and is a well-liked and highly-valued member of our dressing room.

“After attracting much interest off the back of his displays last season, Evan has spent pre-season trialling at Premier League, Championship, League One and National League clubs. While the feedback has been hugely positive, things haven’t turned out the way he, or we, would have liked, but that’s football. As far as he and we are concerned, the journey very much continues here at Jenner Park.”