Barry Town Vets Over 60s remain unbeaten this season following a terrific 4-0 win away to main rivals Llantrisant.
A strong Llantrisant squad came into the match confident of a win, but like many teams before them, underestimated the quality, determination and team spirit that has helped Barry Town win countless Veterans titles over the last decade.
From the off, Staddon, Huish, Price and Bowker controlled the game with a combination of physicality and finesse, allowing their talismanic captain Bobbett to torment his would-be assassins relentlessly. Within 10 minutes, and despite crude attempts by centre half and keeper, he put Barry into a deserved lead. Minutes later his trusty wee lieutenant, Morgan, was wronged when his perfectly good goal was disallowed because he was adjudged to have barged his 6’4” marker. Town were not to be denied however and Price’s fine strike extended their lead.
The Valleys outfit fought to gain parity but former teammate White was well marshalled by the imperious Brown and man-of-the-match ‘Big’ Trevor Taylor and keeper Jones was a mere observer for the first period. Huish made it 3-0 after a mazy run, leaving bodies strewn in his wake, but bad news followed soon after when one of the ‘big-guns’, Price, tore a hamstring, but after a reshuffle by manager Hill, his replacement Eveleigh slotted in seamlessly up until the break.
As expected Llantrisant came out for the second half with renewed urgency and gloveman Jones was finally called into action, acrobatically tipping away an effort and then forcing another past the upright, but the pressure was short-lived as Barry’s ‘70+ trio’ – Parkin, Batt and Lennon – entered the fray, the latter unlucky to see a goal bound effort trickle past the post. There was further disruption when Taylor was forced from the field with a knee injury and Sullivan sustained a calf injury jogging on to replace him, but, inevitably, the diminutive Bobbett settled matters, scoring his second and Barry’s fourth to earn his team another three points in their quest to secure another league title.
This Sunday Barry Town Over 55s face Llantrisant in a must win game to keep them in contention for the league title. The over 50s face Newport on the 29th and the 60s play Merthyr later on the same day.
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 1-2 Llantrisant
Feb 16 BARRY 55s 3-0 Newport
Feb 23 BARRY 50s 3-0 Mathern
March 8 Llantrisant 0-4 BARRY 60s
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)