Wharton victorious with Saint Kitts and Nevis

Town midfielder Theo Wharton earned his 16th cap for Saint Kitts and Nevis on Wednesday in a 1-0 win over Puerto Rico.

The 26-year-old came on as a 60th minute substitute at the San Cristóbal Panamerican Stadium in the Dominican Republic, with his country already in the lead thanks to a first half goal from Vinceroy Nelson.

It was the first game in Saint Kitts and Nevis’s qualifying campaign for the 2022 World Cup; they are in Group F in the first round of CONCACAF qualifying and will also face Bahamas, Guyana and Trinidad and Tobago before the top ranking nation progresses to the second round to meet the winner of Group A.

Saint Kitts and Nevis are next in action on Saturday as they face Bahamas in Haiti.

Everyone at Barry Town is immensely proud of Theo and wishes him and his teammates the best of luck as their qualifying campaign continues.

Penybont vs Barry Town United | JD Cymru Premier Preview

A week after facing Penybont at Jenner Park, we travel to the SDM Glass Stadium this evening for the reverse fixture in the JD Cymru Premier (kick-off 7:45pm).

Sam Snaith scored the only goal of the game in a 1-0 win for Rhys Griffiths’s side last Tuesday, the first time in three meetings that they had emerged victorious since their promotion to the Cymru Premier.

It means that we will be seeking revenge as we make the short trip west this evening, visiting the SDM Glass Stadium for the first time since the opening day of the 2019-20 campaign when a trademark Jon Hood wondergoal helped us come from behind to win 2-1.

This season, both sides are in strong positions to qualify for the top six. Penybont’s win last week meant that they temporarily went above us in the table, but the weekend’s results saw Town go back up to fourth and Bont slip to fifth.

Nat Jarvis’s 87th minute goal secured a 1-0 victory for Barry against Aberystwyth on Saturday to make it two wins from three since the restart.

Meanwhile, Penybont earned a 0-0 draw against league leaders Connah’s Quay Nomads, meaning Rhys Griffiths’s side are unbeaten in three since their loss to Newtown a fortnight ago. They have not gone four matches without a loss since being back in the top-flight.

Looking ahead to the match, Gavin Chesterfield said:

“It will be a difficult game for both sides. We didn’t show ourselves last Tuesday and I’ve got to give Penybont credit for that. We’ll give it our absolute best in what will no doubt be a really good, competitive affair.”

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 the SDM Glass Stadium, but you will be able to follow this afternoon’s fixture through live updates on our Twitter page.

Barry Town United vs Aberystwyth Town| JD Cymru Premier Preview

Jenner Park hosts Cymru Premier football for the second time in five days this afternoon as Aberystwyth Town make the trip to south Wales (kick-off 2:30pm).

We are aiming to bounce back from our defeat to Penybont on Tuesday evening, as a second half Sam Snaith goal proved decisive in a 1-0 win for the Bridgend outfit. We finished the game with 10 men following Clayton Green’s red card.

The result meant that Rhys Griffiths’s side went above us in the Cymru Premier table and we are now fifth with four games of phase one remaining.

However, Tuesday was only our second home defeat of the season, so we are keen to make amends and return to form this afternoon as the fight to secure a top six spot continues.

It was a much more enjoyable night on Tuesday for Aberystwyth as they won 2-1 against Haverfordwest County.

After Jamie Reed had given the Seasiders the lead, Ben Fawcett’s equaliser looked to have earned the Bluebirds a point, but Lee Jenkins popped up with a header in the 94th minute to win the game for Gavin Allen’s men.

It was Aberystwyth’s second stoppage time goal in as many games following Jamie Veale’s 96th minute equaliser in a 2-2 draw against Caernarfon Town last weekend, and helped the Ceredigion club move off the bottom of the table and up to 10th. The battle to avoid relegation remains as tight as ever.

We have won our last five games against Aberystwyth and are yet to lose to the Seasiders since we were promoted back to the top-flight in 2017.

Earlier this season, we trailed 1-0 at Park Avenue and were also reduced to 10 men, but staged a superb comeback thanks to goals from Kayne McLaggon and Jordan Cotterill in the space of three minutes to win 2-1.

Speaking after our defeat to Penybont, Gavin Chesterfield said:

“The best thing now is the games keep coming thick and fast and we have a chance to respond on Saturday against Aberystwyth. We take our home record very seriously. Tonight was only the second time we’ve lost at home this season, with the first being against TNS in the first game. It won’t be an easy match, but we’re excited for the challenge.”

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

Barry Town United vs Penybont | JD Cymru Premier Preview

It is the season’s first instalment of the Five Mile Lane Derby tonight as we play host to Penybont in the JD Cymru Premier (kick-off 7:45pm). The game will be shown live on Sgorio’s Facebook and YouTube channels as well as on S4C Clic.

After the league’s two and a half month hiatus, we returned to action at the weekend with a 1-0 win over Cefn Druids.

David Cotterill scored the only goal of the game from the penalty spot in the 44th after Nat Jarvis had been brought down in the box.

The result kept us fourth in the Cymru Premier table on 27 points, knowing that fixtures over the next week could prove decisive in securing a spot in the top six.

We are unbeaten in our last seven games at Jenner Park (five wins, two draws), not suffering defeat on home turf since the opening weekend of the season.  

Penybont are three points us behind in fifth, having enjoyed a strong season to date. After being 10th when the 2019-20 campaign was curtailed, the Bridgend side have three wins from their last five games and are now aiming for a top half finish.

Rhys Griffiths’s side have already played twice since the resumption of the Cymru Premier, losing 2-0 to Newtown last Tuesday before winning 1-0 against Flint Town United on Saturday thanks to Nathan Wood’s early strike.

We won both of our games against Penybont last season following their promotion to the top-flight in the 2018-19 campaign.

After winning 2-1 at the SDM Glass Stadium in the opening game of the season, we then claimed a 3-0 victory at Jenner Park courtesy of goals from Clayton Green, Luke Cummings and Kayne McLaggon. Current Barry pair Mikey George and Curtis Hutson were wearing the blue of Penybont that day.

Commenting on Penybont after our win over Cefn Druids, Gavin Chesterfield said:

“Penybont are having a good season, and won today [Saturday], so we look forward to the challenge. It’ll be great to be back at Jenner Park.

“We’ll look after the boys, make sure rehab is done properly and we recover well so we’re in the best possible position to go out on Tuesday and hopefully come away with another three points.”

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

Gavin Chesterfield on 1-0 victory over Cefn Druids: “Winning today was what mattered most”

Credit: Mike James Photography

We returned to action in the JD Cymru Premier this afternoon with a 1-0 win away at Cefn Druids thanks to David Cotterill’s penalty in the 44th minute following a foul on Nat Jarvis in the box.

After the victory, Gavin Chesterfield gave his immediate thoughts.

On the result and performance…

“In the first half we got ourselves into a few good situations but unfortunately couldn’t capitalise and it took the penalty to break the deadlock. But I thought we deserved to go into the break with a 1-0 lead.

“The game opened up in the second half and that was perhaps to be expected with it being the first game back. It basically became a game of basketball.

“I’ll give Druids credit for the way they played but Mike hasn’t had a lot to do. We had numerous counter attack situations which we really should have capitalised on but clouded thinking let us down.

“But look, regardless it’s a good result and it was important to get the win. We wanted to start building momentum straight away and get that rhythm back. It’s difficult when everything is stop start, but winning today was what mattered most.

“First game back, away from home, three points, clean sheet. I’m delighted.”

Looking ahead to Penybont on Tuesday night…

“They’re having a good season, and won today, so we look forward to the challenge. It’ll be great to be back at Jenner Park.

“We’ll look after the boys, make sure rehab is done properly and we recover well so we’re in the best possible position to go out on Tuesday and hopefully come away with another three points.”

Cefn Druids vs Barry Town United | JD Cymru Premier Preview

After 11 weeks of no competitive football, we are back in JD Cymru Premier action this afternoon as we travel to Cefn Druids (kick-off 2:30pm).

Our last game before the break was actually our home fixture against Druids, which we won 4-1 thanks to a brace from Kayne McLaggon, Jacob Wise’s own goal and a mesmerising run and finish from Sam Bowen.

It left us fourth in the Cymru Premier table, with our final six games of phase one all set to be played in the next four weeks.

We have made three new signings since we were last in action, and Lee Idzi, Rhys Kavanagh and Jamie Bird are all in contention for their debuts at The Rock this afternoon.

The hosts are struggling towards the wrong end of the table, with Newtown’s win over Penybont in midweek meaning that Druids slipped into the bottom two.

However the battle to avoid relegation from the Cymru Premier is ridiculously tight this year, so Bruno Lopes’s side will know that every point will be crucial in escaping trouble.

Druids have conceded the joint most goals in the league (37) and scored the second fewest (17) but did win their last match on home turf 4-1 against Haverfordwest County.

We narrowly lost 1-0 at The Rock last season, but supporters will have fonder memories of our trip to Wrexham in 2018/19 when we were 5-2 winners thanks to a hat-trick from Jordan Cotterill and a goal each from Kayne McLaggon and Mo Touray.

Looking ahead to today’s game, Gavin Chesterfield said:

“While we got the win over Cefn Druids in December, there are no easy games in this league at all. We know it will be a challenge but we go there with excitement and will give it our best to hopefully come out the other end with three points. The lads have been training hard over the last couple of weeks and they’re excited just as I am.”

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

Barry Town Support Level Playing Field Campaign

Barry Town United are proud to be supporting Level Playing Field’s ‘Weeks of Action’ campaign this year.

Disability charity Level Playing Field are celebrating their 17th ‘Weeks of Action’ campaign from Saturday 27 January to Sunday 14 March, which aims to showcase the good work being done by clubs and organisations to improve accessibility and inclusion across all sports.

As with fans, Level Playing Field will be absent from the terraces this year due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, which means they will be taking their campaign virtual for the first time ever!

To support the campaign, Town are getting involved by helping our disabled supporters learn about Level Playing Field and understand what they do, what their aims are to improve accessibility and inclusion, and how they can assist disabled fans.

Who are ‘Level Playing Field’?

Level Playing Field are a sports charity that act as a campaigning and advisory organisation for disabled sports fans. 

The charity supports disabled sports fans through the following channels:

Membership programme

As a user led organisation, Level Playing Field’s members are always at the heart of what they do. Their shared passion for sport and equality really drives them to influence long term change and improve the spectator experience for all disabled fans.

The Level Playing Field ‘Fan’ membership is free to join, and includes the following benefits:

  • Weekly ‘match day’ newsletter with general LPF updates.
  • Quarterly ‘Fan’ specific exclusive newsletter.
  • Invites to take part in annual events such as Weeks of Action and regional/national forums.
  • Official membership Certificate.
  • It’s free to become a member.

Other benefits include:

  • Access to independent, expert advice and guidance on access and inclusion issues.
  • Opportunity to feedback on Access and Inclusion through LPF’s annual survey.
  • Opportunity to network with other disabled fans, fan groups and disability/sports organisations.

To become a Level Playing Field member, click here or contact ben@levelplayingfield.org.uk.

Active Level Playing Field initiatives

Level Playing Field run a range of initiatives for disabled sports fans, especially specific to the current climate of living through a global pandemic.

Active Level Playing Field initiatives:

  • Talking sport – Level Playing Field launched the Talking Sport initiative to help reduce loneliness and isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Match of the Day… Before – Every Monday the Fans Liaison Team host an open-invitation zoom call, where fans can come along and chat about all the weekend action. Email liam@levelplayingfield.org.uk for more information.
  • The Level Playing Field podcast – The latest Level Playing Field initiative, a monthly podcast series with guests from across the sporting community.

To find out more about the above, contact liam@levelplayingfield.org.uk.

Level Playing Field’s work

Level Playing Field work behind the scenes with clubs to help improve accessibility at sports venues to ensure disabled supporters can experience the best possible match day. Common areas of improvement are sensory rooms, accessible toilets, audio commentary, and accessible clubs shops and food concession stands that include drop-down counters.

Areas of improvement can be highlighted by clubs through Level Playing Field services such as:

  • Access Audits by NRAC (National Register of Access Consultants) 
  • Club staff training
  • Expert advice and guidance

For More Information

If you would like to keep updated with Level Playing Field’s work, follow them on social media.

Dates of remaining phase one fixtures confirmed

The dates of our remaining six fixtures of phase one of the 2020/21 JD Cymru Premier season have been confirmed by the FAW.

We resume on Saturday 6 March away to Cefn Druids, before back to back home games against Penybont and Aberystwyth Town. We then make the short trip for the reverse fixture against Penybont.

There is then an 11-day break in our schedule, with our final two matches of phase one seeing us host Bala Town and travel to Cardiff Metropolitan University.

Due to Welsh Government and FAW guidelines, all fixtures will be played behind closed doors until further notice.

All fixtures are subject to change.