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Barry Town United vs Bala Town | JD Cymru Premier Preview

Jenner Park hosts JD Cymru Premier football for the first time this season as Bala Town visit South Wales today, live on Sgorio (kick-off 5:15pm).

Gavin Chesterfield felt hard done as he saw his side lose 2-1 at Aberystwyth Town last weekend, conceding a 90th-minute free-kick scored by Mathew Jones at Park Avenue. Marcus Day had put Barry ahead after 23 minutes before Sam Phillips equalised just before halftime, with both goalkeepers making a number of good saves in an evenly-matched game.

The travelling support was fantastic in West Wales and we are now looking forward to welcoming fans back to Jenner Park for a Cymru Premier fixture for the first time since February 2020.

Bala began their league campaign with a 2-2 draw at home to Penybont last weekend. Summer signing and former Welsh international Dave Edwards got on the scoresheet so will be one to lookout for today, but Chris Venables was sent off late on so will not be available for Colin Caton to select.

The Lakesiders’ visit to Jenner Park in phase one last season ended in an emphatic 6-2 win for Barry, one of our best performances of the campaign. Kayne McLaggon and Evan Press both netted twice, while Chris Hugh and Curtis Hutson also got on the scoresheet on an entertaining afternoon.

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

“We know Bala are a good team and have done very well in the league over a number of years. We’ve had a number of good games against them – and some not so good! But it’s the type of game we need to get up for now. We’ll lick our wounds from last weekend, focus on the positives and give it our all.”

You can purchase tickets for this afternoon’s game online by clicking here, while they will also be available to buy on the gate. Prices as follows: £8 for adults, £6 for students and senior citizens, £5 for 3-16 year olds.

Barry Town United vs Bala Town | JD Cymru Premier Preview

After two away games, we return to Jenner Park on Saturday afternoon to host Bala Town in the JD Cymru Premier (kick-off 2:30pm).

We suffered a disappointing 2-0 defeat to Penybont on Tuesday night, as goals from Nathan Wood and Kane Owen gave the Bridgend outfit all three points.

It means that we go into Saturday’s match fifth in the Cymru Premier table five points behind Bont, and we are now keen to finish the regular league season as well as possible as we prepare for the European playoffs.

Bala will confirm their place in the Europa Conference League on Saturday afternoon if they equal or better Penybont’s result against Caernarfon Town. It would be the seventh time in nine years that they have qualified for continental competition.

Colin Caton’s men produced a surprise 2-1 win over reigning champions and league leaders Connah’s Quay Nomads on Wednesday night. George Horan scored an own goal in the first half before Henry Jones doubled Bala’s lead in the second, with Callum Morris pulling one back for Nomads from the penalty spot. Centre-back Nathan Peate was sent off for the Lakesiders.

Of course it was only last weekend that we travelled up to Maes Tegid, where a tightly-contested encounter ended 1-0 to Bala thanks to a second half Lassana Mendes goal.

However, the Lakesiders have only won on one of their last four visits to Jenner Park. Their trip to south Wales in phase one this season was particularly memorable for Barry as goals from Kayne McLaggon, Evan Press, Chris Hugh and Curtis Hutson secured a sensational 6-2 win.

Due to a Welsh Government and FAW ruling, games must currently be played behind-closed-doors until stated otherwise and your support will be hugely missed at Jenner Park.

While we appreciate the importance of social media in a time where supporters are sadly not allowed in stadiums, this weekend we are joining all other JD Cymru Premier clubs, the Football Association of Wales and the wider football community in boycotting all platforms.

This means that we will not be providing updates for Saturday’s game, but we feel it is important to take this stand, show our support and send a clear message.

Please follow Y Clwb Pêl-Droed and the Cymru Leagues website and app for updates during the match.  

Bala Town vs Barry Town United | JD Cymru Premier Preview

A trip to Bala Town this afternoon will see us make it to the halfway stage of this season’s JD Cymru Premier Championship Conference (kick-off 2:30pm).

We were disappointed to only take a point from our encounter with Penybont on Tuesday night. Goals from Jamie Bird, Kayne McLaggon and David Cotterill put us 3-1 up at halftime, but Rhys Griffiths’s men fought back after the break and earned a 3-3 draw.

The result kept us fourth and one point ahead of fifth-place Penybont in the Cymru Premier table, while we are eight points behind Bala in third.

The playoffs are looking an increasingly likely prospect for Town, but a win at Maes Tegid this afternoon would set up an interesting final five fixtures.

Bala were beaten by a pair of late goals against Connah’s Quay Nomads in midweek, as Declan Poole and George Horan struck in the 86th and 89th minutes respectively to secure a 2-0 win for the reigning champions.  

It means that Colin Caton’s side have won two and lost two of their four Championship Conference matches so far, as they aim to qualify for Europe for the seventh time in nine years.

Our two meetings with Bala in phase one this season were both high-scoring affairs.

In October, an injury-ravaged Barry squad travelled to Maes Tegid and were beaten 4-0 with Chris Venables scoring a first half hat-trick.

However revenge was enacted in emphatic fashion when the Lakesiders visited Jenner Park last month. Despite conceding within the first 90 seconds, we fought back to claim a sensational 6-2 win as Kayne McLaggon, Evan Press, Chris Hugh and Curtis Hutson all got on the scoresheet.

Speaking after the draw with Penybont, Gavin Chesterfield said:

“The one thing we will never do is feel sorry for ourselves. The trip to Bala is a tough game, but a challenge we look forward to. I know for a fact the lads are hurting tonight, because they feel this draw is like a loss. I’m with them on that, but they’ll be ready to respond on Saturday.”

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

Barry Town United vs Bala Town | JD Cymru Premier Preview

After an 11-day break, we return to JD Cymru Premier action this afternoon for our final home game of phase one against Bala Town (kick-off 2:30pm).

All four of our games since the league’s restart three weeks ago have ended 1-0 – two defeats to Penybont and wins over Cefn Druids and Aberystwyth Town.

It means we currently sit in fifth, needing one win from our final two games of phase one to secure a place in the top six.

Bala are already safe of their spot in the Championship Conference, but have suffered a dip in form in recent weeks.

Colin Caton’s side were beaten 2-1 by Caernarfon Town last weekend and 3-1 by Connah’s Quay Nomads the previous Tuesday, leaving them isolated in third place, as they are nine points behind of The New Saints (2nd) but eight points ahead of Penybont (4th).

An injury-ravaged Barry side were beaten 4-0 by Bala earlier this season as Chris Venables netted a hat-trick and we will be keen to give a better account of ourselves as the Lakesiders visit Jenner Park.

This fixture last season finished 2-2, as Barry led twice through Drew Fahiya and Kayne McLaggon but Bala fought back to claim a point.

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.

Bala Town vs Barry Town United | JD Cymru Premier preview

After leaving it late to maintain our unbeaten run away at Newtown on Saturday, we are on the road again tonight as Bala Town play hosts in the JD Cymru Premier (kick-off 7:45pm).

It was Kayne McLaggon’s 50th goal for Barry in the 94th minute that rescued a point for us at Latham Park and made it six games in a row without defeat. James Davies’s lob had given Newtown the lead before Evan Press was brought down in the box in second half stoppage time, and although McLaggon saw the resulting penalty saved, he was on hand to tap in the rebound.

Later that day, live on Sgorio, Bala came from behind to beat Aberystwyth 5-2, Chris Venables standing out as he netted two in the space of four minutes. It was the second time this season that the Lakesiders have scored five one in game, having beaten Penybont 5-1 – Venables again grabbing a brace along with Will Evans. However they did also suffer a surprising 2-1 defeat to newly-promoted Haverfordwest.

Colin Caton’s side have only played five league games so far in 2020/21, the lowest in the division, owing to their European exploits, floodlight failure and bad weather. It means they currently sit fifth in the table with games in hand over the sides above them.

Both meetings between Barry and Bala last season ended level, setting the tone for what is expected to be another even game this evening.

We led twice at Jenner Park at the start of the campaign through Drew Fahiya and Kayne McLaggon but had to settle for a 2-2 draw, while Keyon Reffell provided an equaliser on the stroke of half-time in the return game at Maes Tegid that ended 1-1.

Despite both clubs finishing in the top six, the curtailed season prevented both phase two meetings from taking to place – a trip to Gwynedd was actually next on our fixture list before football came to a halt.

The points-per-game system determined that Bala finished one place above us in third place, and the Lakesiders went on to face Valletta and Standard Liege in the Europa League. Their game in Belgium was the reason tonight’s fixture was moved from its original date in mid-September.

Looking ahead to the game, Gavin Chesterfield said:

“It will be a tough challenge but that’s what we want. We want to make sure we are constantly improving and we know we are going to have to be better than we were against Newtown. It is a tough gig driving up for a night game in midweek, but I’m looking forward to the match. We have had a close rivalry with Bala in the last couple of years so it will be tight.”

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 Maes Tegid, but you will be able to follow this evening’s fixture through live updates on our Twitter page.   

Bala Town vs Barry Town United | JD Cymru Premier Preview

After a short break, Barry Town United return to JD Cymru Premier action this afternoon against Bala Town (kick-off 2:30pm).

Last week’s fixture against Penybont was postponed due to international call-ups, meaning that today’s visit to Maes Tegid is a third away game in a row for Gavin Chesterfield’s side. It follows the 1-0 win over The New Saints at the end of September and the 3-2 victory against Newtown a fortnight ago, secured through first goals for the club for Sion Spence and Keyon Reffell and a Kayne McLaggon penalty.

Bala meanwhile are currently on a three-game winning streak, having claimed victories over Carmarthen Town (2-1), Cefn Druids (3-0) and Aberystwyth Town (2-0) in recent weeks. The results have left the Lakesiders fourth in the table, with only TNS scoring more goals in total so far this season.

This afternoon will of course be our first visit to Maes Tegid since the historic 5-2 win in April that secured our qualification to Europa League. Bala were 2-0 up at the hour mark, but goals from Jordan Cotterill, Kayne McLaggon (two), Mo Touray and Drew Fahiya completed a magical comeback. Our first meeting this season was also an exciting affair, as a 2-2 draw was played out at Jenner Park. Barry twice leading through Fahiya and McLaggon, only for Lassana Mendes and Stuart Jones to equalise for Bala.

Ahead of today’s game, Jonathan Hood is available for selection again after recovering from injury. Troy Greening, Callum Sainty and Robbie Patten all remain sidelined though, while Jordan Cotterill is still suspended. The captain’s ban has been reduced however, and he will be eligible for our home fixture against Connah’s Quay Nomads in three weeks’ time.

Speaking this week, Gavin Chesterfield said:

“The boys have trained really well and looked fresh after a deserved rest. It’s a ground we have fond memories at, Bala have strengthened their team since last season but so have we. The game at Jenner Park in August was a tight affair and I expect another tough but exciting encounter”.

Across the Cymru Leagues, this weekend’s fixtures have been chosen as Show Racism the Red Card’s action match gameweek as part of October being their Month of Action 2019, and Barry Town United are hugely proud to support the initiative.

Tickets at Maes Tegid this afternoon will cost £6 for adults, £3 for concessions and £1 for children.

Barry Town United vs Bala Town | JD Cymru Premier Preview

The only two teams with 100% records remaining in the JD Cymru Premier League meet this afternoon, as Barry Town United host Bala Town (kick-off 2:30pm).

It’s the second game at Jenner Park in the space of four days, following Barry’s 3-1 win over Aberystwyth Town on Friday evening. Kayne McLaggon’s incredible 30 yard strike made it 1-0 early on, before Clayton Green doubled our lead before half-time. McLaggon made it three with just over ten minutes to play, but there was to be no clean sheet for Barry as Paulo Mendes nodded home an Aberystwyth consolation.

Bala also won 3-1 on Friday, pulling off a fantastic result to beat TNS for the first time in 39 attempts. The perennial champions had a 1-0 lead at half-time thanks to Dean Ebbe’s header, but a brace from Chris Venables and Louis Robles’s finish from close range gave the Lakesiders a historic victory. It followed on from their 2-1 win over newly promoted Airbus in the first game of the season, Venables again netting twice in that fixture. It means that the veteran striker is the current top scorer in the JD Cymru Premier, with Kayne McLaggon’s three goals putting him second.

Of course last season’s Phase Two encounter with Bala will live long in a memory as a 5-2 win at Maes Tegid secured European qualification for Barry for the first time in 16 years. The hosts were 2-0 up at the hour mark, but goals from Jordan Cotterill, Kayne McLaggon (two), Mo Touray and Drew Fahiya completed a magical comeback. The other three meetings between the sides last season saw one Bala victory and two Barry wins – one of which was the thrilling 3-2 triumph at Jenner Park in August.

Jon Hood was one of the goalscorers that day, but he remains suspended this afternoon along with Jordan Cotterill due to the red cards the pair received against Penybont. Troy Greening picked up an injury in the same game, and will be assessed in the next couple of days for a full diagnosis to be given. Mike Lewis is back in training.

Speaking after our win over Aberystwyth, Gavin Chesterfield looked ahead to today’s match: 

“It’s a tough game against Bala and they’ve had a great result tonight. They’ve strengthened over the summer, we’ve strengthened over the summer. It’s two teams who were relatively evenly matched last year – what’s not to like? It’s an exciting game to be a part of!”.

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