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

Phase two of the JD Cymru Premier begins this afternoon as Barry Town United host Connah’s Quay Nomads (kick-off 2:30pm).

Barry ended phase one with an emphatic 7-1 win over Carmarthen Town as Kayne McLaggon, Mo Touray, Luke Cooper, Jack Compton, Clayton Green and Evan Press all got on the score sheet at Jenner Park. Following results last night, we go into our first match of the Championship Conference four points behind Bala Town in third and five clear of Newtown in fifth.

Connah’s Quay meanwhile head into the final ten games of the season in second position, four points behind league leaders The New Saints. They fell to a 2-1 defeat to Scott Ruscoe’s side in the final game of phase one, despite going in front at Park Hall through Michael Wilde’s goal. The Nomads have been in cup action in the last couple of weeks, beating Afan Lido 8-0 in the Welsh Cup fourth round a fortnight ago before winning the Nathaniel MG Cup last Saturday with a 3-0 win over STM Sports.

Both games between Barry and Connah’s Quay so far this season have ended in victory for Andy Morrison’s side – 4-0 at Jenner Park in November and 2-0 at Deeside in early January. Gavin Chesterfield will look to last season for happier memories against today’s opponents, when Barry remained unbeaten in all four league meetings.

Kyle Patten and David Cotterill, who signed for the club on the penultimate day of the transfer window, are both in contention to make their debuts this afternoon. Meanwhile there’s good news for Robbie Patten and Keyon Reffell who are back in training after injury. Jack Compton has unfortunately picked up an injury in the mid-season break, and joins Callum Sainty and Troy Greening on the sidelines.

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

“I’m expecting organisation, quality and experience from Connah’s Quay – everything you expect in a top team. That’s what the top six brings now. It’s relentless week in, week out and you have to show your mettle. So far this season we’ve had some frustrating encounters against them, so it’s important that we bounce back and give a good account of ourselves.”

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

Barry Town Vets Over 55s progress to cup final

Barry Over 55s, shorn of several key players, faced Swansea at a blustery Penyrheol Sports Centre, acutely aware that they would have to lose the game by four clear goals to allow their opponents to overtake them at the top of the Wales Veterans Over 55s Cup qualifying group and progress to the final.

In a scrappy opening period, exacerbated by the strong wind, Swansea looked the more dangerous, but Averies, M. Jones and Gibbins were defiant, and in fact neither keeper was tested. Agonisingly, on 15 minutes a rare blunder by Barry stopper J. Jones gifted the hosts a fortunate lead. Minutes later the keeper redeemed himself with a spectacular penalty save, when Staddon was penalised for a ‘gentle’ push as the hosts exerted pressure on the visitors goal.

This jolted Barry into a response and they too had a period of superiority, Jones and man-of-the-match Gibbins’s accurate cross-field passes were causing problems for the Swans defence and only a series of superb saves from Swansea gloveman Meecham, along with some imprecise finishing prevented the visitors from gaining parity going into the break.

During the interval stand-in manager Hill called for calmness and discipline, but five minutes after the restart a loose pass by Marshall was seized upon by the hard-working Swans midfield and they took an unlikely 2-0 lead. 

In a fiercely competitive last 30 minutes Barry lost shape and restraint, pouring forward in search of ‘redemption’, often at the expense of defensive responsibilities and subsequently rationale!  Although they created several gilt-edged chances, a more pragmatic approach would likely have borne more fruit.

Despite the result, Barry ultimately still progressed to the O55s cup final where they will face Newport on 10th May at Jenner Park.

This Friday several Barry Town Vets players will represent Wales at the over 60s Tri-nations tournament in Northern Ireland. We wish Messrs Bobbett, Huish, Price, Staddon and Brown all the best against the other home nations. Next Sunday Barry Town 50s host Llantrisant at Jenner Park, 11.30am KO.

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 2-3 BARRY 50s

Jan 26 BARRY 60s 3-0 Merthyr Tydfil

Feb 2     Swansea 2-0 BARRY 55s (CUP)

Feb 9     BARRY 50s vs Llantrisant / Jenner Park / 11:30am

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 

May 10 BARRY 55s vs Newport / Jenner Park / TBC (CUP)

George Ratcliffe returns to Cardiff City

Barry Town United can confirm that goalkeeper George Ratcliffe has returned to Cardiff City following his loan spell at Jenner Park.

George leaves Barry with everyone’s best wishes as he prepares to undergo knee surgery before focusing on his rehabilitation back at Cardiff.

Despite being just 19 years of age, George’s exceptional talent was clear throughout his time at the club, as he made 13 appearances and kept five clean sheets.

Best of luck George!

Barry Town United sign David Cotterill

Barry Town United are delighted to announce the signing of former Welsh international David Cotterill subject to international clearance.

The 32-year-old arrives at the club with a wealth of experience, having made over 400 appearances in his professional career. This was largely spent in the top three divisions of the English league system – starting at Bristol City before going on to play for Wigan, Sheffield United, Swansea City, Portsmouth, Barnsley, Doncaster Rovers and Birmingham City. Cotterill then finished his career with a short spell at Indian Super League side ATK in 2018.

Capped by Wales at Under-19 and Under-21 level, the winger made his senior debut in 2005 and played 24 games for the national side, scoring two goals. He was also part of the 23-man squad at the 2016 European Championships.

Having completed the signing, manager Gavin Chesterfield said:

“I’m delighted to welcome David to the club. It’s a boost for all involved with our football club and supporters of Welsh football. This has been something we have talked about for a while but the timing now seems right.

“At only 32 years old, David has a lot to offer on the field and in the changing room. He has shown a desire to be a part of our club and play with Jordan. David started his football at Barry Bluebirds at the age of six and it is great to welcome him back to Barry at this stage of his career.”

Second successive 3-0 win for Barry Town Vets Over 60s

Barry Town Vets Over 60s

Barry Town Vets Over 60s stayed top of the Wales Veterans Over 60s league when they recorded their second 3-0 win in succession, comfortably defeating Merthyr Tydfil at Ystrad Mynach Centre for Sport on Sunday 27th January.

Barry completely dominated the first half, Huish and Price taking immediate control in the middle of the park and wide-men Staddon and Crothers charging down the flanks. Merthyr were put under intense pressure until, inevitably, AAA+ Bobbett, remarkably playing his second full match of the day, slotted home from close-in. Barry continued to pepper the visitors goal – Huish hit the post, Price went close and Bobbett along with his striking partner Morgan, having his best game in the yellow & blue, were denied only by the alert Merthyr gloveman.

However, it was only a matter of time until Barry extended their lead – courtesy of a fine right footed strike by Staddon. He repeated the feat minutes later, again, with the same ‘standing’ leg to take his team 3-0 up at the break. 

During the interval the tireless Morgan was replaced by 70 year old Town legend Batt, whilst Taylor was replaced by Eveleigh, who slotted into defence alongside Brown. Barry were more disordered in the second period, so although they still created opportunities to extend their lead, they also allowed Merthyr to attack on the break. However the visitors found Brown in imperious form and when Barry keeper Orpin was finally called into action he was up to the task, safely smothering a goal-bound effort and ensuring his team maintained their three goal buffer until the final whistle.

Earlier in the day the Over 50s travelled to Bridgend to face a high-flying Penybont team and came away with an excellent three points. Barry stuck to the back three formation which proved the turning point in their previous match with Sims, Averies and Murray (playing in-front of keeper Harding), given the tough task of keeping Penybont’s habitual handful Lewis quiet for 80 minutes!

This formation however, also allowed the midfield of Dupuy, Liligreen, Taylor, Sullivan and, orchestrator James, to dictate proceedings, enabling strikers Fredriksen and Bobbett to torment their adversaries and subsequently take a two goal lead into half time, courtesy of a crisp finish from Taylor and a pile-driver from the excellent Liligreen. 

During the break, stand-in managers Averies and Marshall called for much of the same in the second period, albeit this was under threat when Penybont pulled a goal back after a controversial penalty decision. Thankfully any nerves were immediately removed when Bobbett restored the two goal buffer with his usual dexterity. In a resolute team performance even the customary injuries did not impact unduly. Marshall entered to provide much needed calmness and Harding was colossal between the sticks, making one brilliant save to deny the home side a share of the spoils.

This Sunday Barry Town Over 55s travel to Swansea in the knowledge that a draw against their main rivals would be sufficient to see them advance to the semi-final of the Wales Veterans Over 55s Cup. 

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 2-3 BARRY 50s

Jan 26 BARRY 60s 3-0 Merthyr Tydfil

Feb 2     Swansea vs BARRY 55s / Llandarcy Sports / 2pm (CUP)

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 

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”.