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.
The games keep on coming thick and fast in the JD Cymru Premier as we travel to Aberystwyth Town this afternoon (kick-off 2:30pm).
It provides us with a good opportunity to put together some momentum and build on our run of three consecutive victories, the latest of which came against newly-promoted Haverfordwest County on Wednesday night.
It was a game which saw David Cotterill net his first Barry goal, a powerful free-kick from distance, to give us a 1-0 lead at half-time, before the Bluebirds came back into the game and equalised after the break through Ben Fawcett’s header. Mike Lewis then made an excellent save to prevent Kieran Lewis from completing the turnaround.
It was Nat Jarvis, also scoring his first goal for the club, who popped up with the winning moment in the 68th minute, nodding home from close range following a great delivery from Chris Hugh. The result lifted us to third in the Cymru Premier table after four games.
Meanwhile, Aberystwyth are winless in two matches, both away from home, most recently suffering a 2-0 defeat to Connah’s Quay Nomads on Wednesday. The game was decided by two first half goals for the reigning Cymru Premier champions, but Andy Morrison was full of praise for the spirit shown by the Seasiders.
They did however win their last home fixture, a 3-1 triumph against Flint Town United. That is the only victory they have to their name so far this campaign, placing them eighth in the table at this early stage. It is a first season at the helm for club legend Gavin Allen, who replaced Matthew Bishop as manager in the summer. Goals have been almost guaranteed in his tenure so far, with Aberystwyth failing to score just once (against Nomads), while they are yet to keep a clean sheet.
Barry won both meetings between the two sides last season, most memorably just before Christmas when Kayne McLaggon’s second half goal gave us a 1-0 win at Park Avenue. McLaggon had also scored a brace against Aberystwyth earlier in the campaign, helping Barry to a 3-1 victory at Jenner Park along with Clayton Green’s strike. We are actually yet to lose to the Black and Greens since our promotion back to the top-flight in 2017.
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 Avenue, but you will be able to follow this afternoon’s fixture through live updates on our Twitter page.
Barry Town United are on the road for the first time since mid-November as we travel to face Aberystwyth Town tonight in the JD Cymru Premier (kick-off 7:45pm).
Gavin Chesterfield’s side were beaten 4-1 by The New Saints last Friday, but the scoreline did not reflect the performance as Town matched the league leaders for large parts of the game, but were ultimately beaten by some clinical finishing. Nonetheless, we remain in fifth position in the league – just four points behind Connah’s Quay Nomads in third – and victory tonight would take us one step closer to confirming a top six spot.
Aberystwyth meanwhile currently sit in ninth, having come from behind to defeat Cardiff Met 2-1 last weekend. Geoff Kellaway was the hero for the Black and Greens as his two late goals cancelled out Eliot Evans’s opener at Cyncoed. It secured back-to-back wins for Aber, who beat Cymru North side Ruthin Town 2-1 in the JD Welsh Cup the previous weekend. Kellaway was again on the scoresheet as he put his side 1-0 up early on, but Ian Hughes equalised for Ruthin Town in 89th minute from the penalty spot. However there was late drama as Wes Baynes scored a 30-yard screamer two minutes later to send Aberystwyth through to the fourth round.
The first meeting between Barry and Aber this season saw Town win 3-1 at Jenner Park in August. An incredible Kayne McLaggon strike gave us the lead before Clayton Green doubled the lead before half-time, and McLaggon’s second goal after the break put the game to bed. There was though time for Paolo Mendes to head in a late consolation for the visitors. Barry are actually yet to lose to Aberystwyth since promotion back to the top-flight two years ago, and Clayton Green’s goal gave us a 1-0 victory in our last visit to Park Avenue in September 2018.
Drew Fahiya and Sion Spence should be back available this evening after illness and injury ruled them out of last week’s game against TNS, but Jack Compton, Robbie Patten and Troy Greening all unfortunately remain sidelined.
Tickets at Park Avenue this evening will cost £8 for adults, £5 for concessions and £2 for children over 11, while under 11s go free.
Jenner Park hosts league football for the first time in four months as Barry Town United return to home turf for their second match of the 2019/20 JD Cymru Premier season. Aberystwyth Town are the visitors for a 7:45pm kick off.
Gavin Chesterfield’s side will be looking to make it two wins from two following last Friday’s 2-1 win over Penybont in the Five Mile Lane Derby. After a goalless first half, the top-flight newcomers took the lead soon after the break as Kane Owen converted from the penalty spot when Evan Press was judged to have fouled Curtis Hutson in the box. Barry fought hard to come back though, and levelled through Man of the Match Kayne McLaggon before Jon Hood struck a trademark volley from 25 yards out to secure the three points in sublime fashion.
Unfortunately we will be without both Hood and captain Jordan Cotterill tonight as the pair are suspended following red cards in the last few minutes at the Kymco Stadium. Mike Lewis and Chris Hugh missed the game through injury, but the pair are close to returning to full fitness ahead of tonight.
With one game gone, Aberystwyth are top of the JD Cymru Premier table (on goals scored) after their win over Camarthen Town last Friday. Matthew Bishop’s side defeated the Old Gold 3-2 thanks to a brace from captain Marc Williams and a wonder goal from Luke Boundford, who found the back of the net with a right-footed volley from the edge of the area. Both players were also on the scoresheet in Aberystwyth’s thrilling 4-3 victory over Cambrian & Clydach in the second round of the Nathaniel MG Cup the previous week.
Barry did the double over the Black and Greens last season, first claiming a 1-0 win at Park Avenue thanks to Clayton Green’s 16th minute strike. In the reverse fixture at Jenner Park which brought phase one to a close, two early goals from Mo Touray were enough to secure the three points despite Porya Ahmadi scoring a second half free-kick for the visitors. Aberystwyth would go on to finish eighth in the league table, their highest placing since 2016.
Speaking ahead of tonight’s game, Gavin Chesterfield said:
“The first home game of the season is always a great occasion. It’s fair to say we were nowhere near our best against Penybont last week but it’s encouraging that the lads found a way to win. Aberystwyth are an experienced JD Cymru Premier team and I’m sure it’ll be an entertaining game.”
Tickets at Jenner Park tonight will cost £8 for adults, £5 for concessions and £3 for kids.