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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. 

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.

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.”

Cefn Druids vs Barry Town United | JD Cymru Premier | Match Preview

We travel to Wrexham this Saturday (2:30 Kick Off) to face Cefn Druids in the JD Cymru Premier.

Gavin Chesterfield and the players will certainly be looking to gain our first victory of the league season against the Druids on the weekend on the back of a loss (2-1) away at Aberystwyth Town on the opening weekend and a draw (0-0) at home to Bala Town the following Saturday.

The home side have had a difficult start to the season and are also winless going into the game. Their first game of the season ended in defeat (2-0) away at Connah’s Quay, before Niall McGuinesses’ side were comfortably beaten 4-0 at Flint Town last weekend. Cefn Druids’ supporters will be hoping that home advantage this weekend may prompt a change in fortune for the team.

In the same fixture last season, we returned to Barry as winners as a David Cotterill penalty secured a 1-0 win for the Town. Similarly, in the reverse fixture at Jenner Park in the 2020/21 season, we defeated Cefn Druids 4-1 in a game that included a brace from striker Kayne Mclaggon.

The Barry fans supported the team fantastically away at Aberystwyth Town on the opening weekend of the season, and we look forward to seeing the travelling supporters again at The Rock on Saturday. This time, let’s hope the Barry fans return to Barry with smiles on their faces after a win for the Town.

Barry Town United vs Bala Town | JD Cymru Premier | Match Report

Bala Town visited Jenner Park on Saturday 21 August in a game which saw Barry Town United earn their first point of the league season after a hard-fought 0-0 draw.

Gavin Chesterfield made one change to the side which were defeated by Aberystwyth Town on the opening weekend of the season as Jordan Cotterill replaced Marcus Day.

The home side began the game with a flourish, with Barry fashioning a number of opportunities from wide areas early on. After just 4 minutes, in what was probably the standout chance of the match, Nat Jarvis met a Luke Cummings cross but the striker’s header bounced agonisingly wide.

However, Bala grew into the game and, with their largely direct playing style, were able to cause problems for the Barry defence. Set pieces were a feature of the away side’s game throughout the match and if it wasn’t for a terrific block by Robbie Patten to deny a low driven shot from the edge of the box following a corner on 14 minutes, the visitors could’ve taken the lead.

The latter stages of the first half were somewhat scrappy as Bala’s direct style led to a number of aerial dules which were contested evenly by both sides and there was ultimately a lack of clear-cut chances created.

When the referee blew the whistle to signal half-time, Chesterfield was probably the happier of the two managers as the sides entered the changing room with the deadlock yet to be broken.

The majority of the second 45 was played in Barry’s half as Bala searched for the opener. Through set pieces and a bombardment of balls into the Barry box, Bala were able to assert an ascendancy on the game.

However, Barry’s resilient defending kept the scores level. The chance of the half fell to Bala’s former Wales and Reading midfielder Dave Edwards as he glanced a header towards Barry’s goal from a corner but Mike Lewis (who was ultimately voted Man of the Match by our supporters) made a great save low to his right to parry the ball behind.

Barry supporters watched on nervously for the final minutes of the game as the away side searched for the winner but when Bala’s Steve Leslie sent a free kick wide of Lewis’ goal in the 90th minute, the draw was all but secured and the match eventually finished 0-0.

Gavin and the players will be pleased to have picked up a point against strong opposition this weekend and will now undoubtedly be looking to secure our first win of the league season away to Cefn Druids next Saturday.

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.