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Town announce new creative partnership with CREO

Barry Town United are delighted to announce a new sponsorship agreement with CREO, one of Wales’ leading brand and digital agencies.

This exciting partnership will see the CREO logo appear on our kit for the forthcoming season, with the company working alongside the club to deliver a range of digital assets over the coming months.

This will include new imagery for social media as well as a new website that will bring all elements of our club under one digital umbrella. 

Jordan Thorne, Creative Director at CREO commented: 

“For us as a team, and as passionate football fans in general, we feel incredibly proud to be sponsoring Barry Town. It’s a club with an illustrious history and a fantastic future. During these unprecedented times, it’s essential for clubs to engage with supporters fully and the development of a new digital platform will support the club in achieving this objective. 

“It will offer a professional look that helps promote the club in its entirety whilst representing the JD Cymru Premier in a positive manner. We find ourselves within strange times and the unique visual language we have created will allow the club to speak to their supporters and stakeholders in a new and engaging way, helping to strengthen relationships and build new ones.

“We would like to thank the board directors and members, as well as the media team, first-team manager Gavin Chesterfield and all connected to the club in allowing us this fantastic opportunity – put wind in our sails and we can go anywhere. Up the Town.”

Richard Ward, CREO Managing Director commented: 

“CREO are extremely proud to sponsor Barry Town United Football Club for the forthcoming season. Barry Town have an incredibly rich and successful history both domestically and in European competitions.

“I personally am looking forward to engaging with the club and its fantastic fan base. Living locally I know how much the club means to the community of Barry and hope that by bringing our digital and creative expertise to the table we can showcase this great football club to the wider world.”

Barry Town United vs Cardiff Metropolitan University | JD Cymru Premier preview

Tonight we welcome Cardiff Metropolitan University to Jenner Park as the JD Cymru Premier continues to charge on (kick-off 7:45pm).

This is the first time since we were promoted back to the top-flight three years ago that we will not be facing Cardiff Met in the regular league season in a double header over the Christmas period. To date, the results from those festive fixtures stand at three Barry victories, two wins for the Archers and one draw.

It finished 1-1 at Jenner Park on Boxing Day last year before we won 1-0 at Cyncoed four days later – Mo Touray’s goal securing a place in the top six to ensure we ended 2019 on a high. Cardiff Met would finish the season in seventh place on points-per-game, with the curtailed season denying them the opportunity to achieve European qualification in the play-offs for the second consecutive year. 

Christian Edwards’s side have struggled for form so far in 2020-21, with just one win from six games. That came on the opening weekend in a thrilling 3-2 victory away to Aberystwyth Town, when they trailed twice at Park Avenue but two late goals from Ollie Hulbert secured the three points.

Since then, Cardiff Met have drawn with Haverfordwest and Cefn Druids and lost to The New Saints, Penybont and most recently Caernarfon Town. The Cofis ran out 3-0 winners at Cyncoed in front of the Sgorio cameras on Saturday, as the Students were punished for Eliot Evans’s first half penalty miss.

Meanwhile, Barry head into tonight’s game in search of a fifth win in a row. Fantastic determination and team spirit was shown to achieve the latest victory as we defeated Aberystwyth 2-1 away from home on Saturday. Steff Davies put the Ceredigion side ahead early in the second half, before our task was made even harder by Clayton Green’s red card on the hour mark which rules him out of tonight’s game.

However two goals in three minutes, first from Kayne McLaggon and then Jordan Cotterill, turned the game around and gave us a crucial win. It means that we remain third in the Cymru Premier going into tonight’s fixture.

Looking ahead to the game, Gavin Chesterfield said:

“Cardiff Met are an established Cymru Premier team and I know they’ll be well-coached, well-organised and difficult opponents. We know each other well, so it’ll be a good game. That’s the thing with this league, there’s no easy matches and anyone can beat anyone and that’s what makes it exciting.”

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 evening’s fixture through live updates on our Twitter page.   

Aberystwyth Town vs Barry Town United | JD Cymru Premier preview

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 vs Haverfordwest County | JD Cymru Premier preview

We’re back at home this evening for our first of three consecutive midweek fixtures as Haverfordwest County travel to Jenner Park in the JD Cymru Premier (kick-off 7:45pm).

Kayne McLaggon’s penalty on his 100th appearance for the club secured all three points for Barry in the 1-0 win over Flint Town United on Saturday, as Mike Lewis won the man of the match award for numerous impressive saves and his first clean sheet of the season. It was a second victory in a row following our last fixture at Jenner Park when we defeated Caernarfon Town 3-1. By the end of the weekend, we were fourth in the table at this early stage.

Having faced last year’s promotion-winners from the Cymru North, Barry now come up against the side who have come up from the Cymru South – Haverfordwest. Under the stewardship of Wayne Jones, the Bluebirds are back in the top-flight for the first time since relegation in 2016. They are yet to win in three games, drawing against Cardiff Met and Newtown before suffering a 4-1 defeat to reigning champions Connah’s Quay Nomads at the weekend. Sean Pemberton’s goal had got Haverfordwest level at the break, but Andy Morrison’s side took control in the second half.

There have been many meetings between Barry and Haverfordwest over the years, but this will be the first Cymru Premier fixture involving the two sides since December 2003, when Haverfordwest won 2-0. The last competitive meeting came in the second round of the Nathaniel MG Cup last season when Haverfordwest were victors on a penalty shoot-out following a 1-1 draw in 120 minutes.

Looking ahead to the game, Gavin Chesterfield said:

“Following a good win on the road it’s great to be back at Jenner Park for what is the start of a busy period of football. I was delighted to grind out the win in difficult conditions away at Flint and I’m excited by the game tonight between two games that like to play. Haverfordwest have made a solid start to life in the Cymru Premier and we look forward to 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 evening’s fixture through live updates on our Twitter page.   

Flint Town United vs Barry Town United | JD Cymru Premier preview

We travel to Flint Town United this evening for our first away league game of the season, with the fixture live on Sgorio (kick-off 5:45pm).

The Silkmen are back in the JD Cymru Premier for the first time since 1998 after finishing second in the Cymru North last season. They have made a strong start to life back at this level, winning two of their opening three fixtures. Manager Niall McGuinness has coached in the league before with Rhyl, while the club have also used the transfer window to add top-flight experience in shape of Nathan Craig and Wes Baynes.

Craig scored the only goal in Flint’s 1-0 win over Newtown on the opening weekend before they were defeated 3-1 by Aberystwyth six days later. Flint were then in action again on Wednesday night in their rearranged fixture with Cefn Druids, and emerged 2-1 victors at The Rock. It means that they head into today’s game second in the table at this early stage.

Meanwhile, Barry are placed eighth after bouncing back from an opening day defeat to The New Saints with a 3-1 victory over Caernarfon Town at Jenner Park last weekend. After an even opening to the game, Barry took control of proceedings and Kayne McLaggon gave us the lead seven minutes before half-time. After the break, summer signing Curtis McDonald powered in a header from a Jordan Cotterill corner and McLaggon volleyed in his second of the afternoon to wrap up the win. Mike Hayes’s close-range finish proved only a consolation for the Cofis.

This will be our first meeting with Flint since our 2-0 win in the 2013 Welsh Cup quarter-final. Goals from Ryan Evans and Ryan Jenkins secured a place in the last four for the first time in a decade and marked the first ever appearance of a fully-amateur Barry side at the Welsh Cup semi-final stage.

Looking ahead to the game, Gavin Chesterfield said:

“While Prestatyn won the Cymru North last season, Flint were really competitive and since then they’ve add strength, experience and quality. Niall as a manager has experience in this league previously too. We know they’ll be well prepared and well organised, but they’ll know that we will as well.

“It won’t be an easy place to go. It’s a long time since I’ve been there actually, but it’s a fresh ground for us and a chance to get another three points.”

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 Essity Stadium, but you will be able to follow the game live on S4C and through updates on our Twitter page.   

Gavin Chesterfield: “I’m really happy with the hunger the lads have shown”

Credit: Mike James Photography

Gavin Chesterfield has been encouraged by what he has seen in Barry’s first two games of the season.

“I won’t look at the league table until we’re ten games in as a minimum, that’s something I’ve always done,” he says. “But there’s been some really pleasing things that we can build on.”

The phrase ‘a game of two halves’ was personified when Barry hosted The New Saints on the opening weekend. Chesterfield’s team matched last season’s Cymru Premier runners-up in the opening period, but conceded three goals after the break to lose the match.  

“I was delighted with the first 45 minutes against TNS but really disappointed with the second 45 minutes,” Chesterfield admits. “Before we knew it the game had got away from us and we came away with a disappointing result.”

A 3-1 win over Caernarfon Town last weekend was the perfect response, as two goals from Kayne McLaggon and a bullet header from summer signing Curtis McDonald secured all three points.

“The lads trained really last week and took that into Saturday’s game,” Chesterfield says. We’re delighted with the result and to score three goals – we potentially could have scored one or two more as well.

“I’m really happy with the hunger the lads have shown and their work ethic, particularly out of possession. That will stand us in good stead if we keep that mentality.”

As well as McDonald’s goal, Nat Jarvis made his league debut against Caernarfon, while fellow new arrivals Curtis Hutson and Mikey George have impressed in both games so far. When asked about the impact of the summer signings, Chesterfield was full of praise:

“I thought Nat was a right handful on Saturday. He’s a strong runner, has genuine quality and will score goals. I thought he was unlucky not to score against Caernarfon to be honest, but his contribution to the team performance was excellent.

“The same goes for Curtis [McDonald]. He’s great for the changing room and brings a level of calmness at the back. He’ll only get better as he adapts to the way we play. Obviously it’s a great header to score following a really good delivery by Jordan, and to Curt’s credit he adds that threat from set-pieces.

“The rest of the guys we’ve brought in have been great too. Curtis [Hutson] performed really well against TNS and was probably a bit unlucky not to start again against Caernarfon. His mentality and teamwork has been excellent, and it’s the same with Mikey. It’s a long old season ahead and everyone will have a role to play.”

Credit: Mike James Photography

Due to an FAW and Welsh Government ruling, all Cymru Premier games are currently being played without fans in attendance, and Chesterfield admits that this has been difficult to get used to.

“At our level it arguably affects us more because we know our supporters by name,” he says. “We share relationships with them and they’re an essential part of this football club – always have been, always will be. We miss them like crazy. From a financial perspective it’s difficult for the club as well, so I can’t wait to welcome people back into stadiums in a safe manner.

“It has definitely affected the atmosphere at games and probably in some ways made football less emotional and a bit more sanitised. It feels like a friendly at times, so as a coach and as players, it is important that we remember that we’re playing for three points and these results and performances matter.”

Next up for Barry is a first away game of the season as we travel to newly-promoted Flint Town United on Saturday (5:45pm), live on Sgorio. Chesterfield suggests that a tough 90 minutes is in store:

“While Prestatyn won the Cymru North last season, Flint were really competitive and since then they’ve add strength, experience and quality. Niall as a manager has experience in this league previously too. We know they’ll be well prepared and well organised, but they’ll know that we will as well.

“It won’t be an easy place to go. It’s a long time since I’ve been there actually, but it’s a fresh ground for us and a chance to get another three points.”

Saturday’s game will be our first meeting with Flint since the Welsh Cup quarter-final in 2013, when Barry won 2-0 to progress to the semi-finals for the first time in a decade. Chesterfield was happy to reminisce about the victory:

“I’ve got very good memories of that day! While we lost the semi-final, that quarter-final was a really important part of our rebirth as club. If I remember rightly, Ryan Evans scored a free-kick and then Ryan Jenkins made it 2-0 with a breakaway goal, it was a fantastic day.

“It’ll be a different challenge this time though and I’m excited by what lies ahead.”

Josh Gould: “Playing in the Cymru Premier and under Gavin really excites me”

Following confirmation of Josh Gould’s arrival on loan from Swansea City, we caught up with the goalkeeper to discuss his career so far and hopes for the season ahead.

Hi Josh, welcome to Barry Town. How does it feel to get the move done?

“It’s good to get the paperwork done and get the move across the line. I’m looking forward to getting going.”

What was it about Barry that appealed to you?

“I’ve played at Jenner Park before a couple of times and I know Barry is a really good club. It’s run really well and always been an attractive option, with it not being too far from Swansea either. Playing in the Cymru Premier and under Gavin really excites me. I’ve heard a lot about him and his thoughts and ideas in the game.”

Having spoken to Gavin Chesterfield, how did he convince you to sign?

“He said that he’d seen me play when I was at Taffs Well and that he was interested in signing me all the way back then, so that was a good start to the conversation. I believe our philosophies of how we want to play the game link up so I’m really looking forward to playing under him. He sounds like a great guy and the environment he’s created here is great.”

Tell me a little bit more about your career so far. Am I right in saying you didn’t get into football until quite late?

“Yeah I was a bit of a late bloomer to be honest! I played rugby until I was 16 and then just randomly tried my hand in goal with my local team. Then things started to take off when I was about 18 and I went to Cardiff Met University. I played there for a couple of years and then headed to Taffs Well in my final year to get some games and ended up having a good season. That’s when I signed for Swansea, and this is now my third season with them.”

You’re joining us from Swansea, where you were named on the bench for a few Championship games at the end of last season. What was that like?

“It was a great experience. I got moved into the first team in January so I had been travelling to games as third choice and been involved for a few months. It was great to learn off Martyn Margetson and Steve Cooper, who were really supportive and I’ve got a great relationship with both of them.

“When Freddie [Woodman] got injured at the back end of the season, it was kind of an easy step up to the bench because I’d got used to the squad. It was just a shame that the fans weren’t there so I couldn’t share it with them.”

Having played academy football for the last two years, do you feel you’re ready for that step up to senior football?

“Definitely. I’ve played in non-league before so I kind of know what it will be like. I know a lot about the Cymru Premier, I do keep tabs on it on social media. I’ve got a lot of mates who play in the league so I’ve been to see a few games. I’ve done all my technical coaching at Swansea, now I’m ready to show everyone what I’ve learnt.”

You have played against Barry in pre-season before. What have you made of the club?

“I thought they were really strong. Like I say, I’m quite nosy on Twitter so I follow the line-ups! There’s been a couple of good signings this year so I really believe we can get European football again, but I said to Gavin that there’s no reason why we can’t be winning the league.”

What are you hopes and ambitions for your time with us?

“With the club having qualified for Europe in the last two seasons, that will be the minimum requirement for me. Like I say, I personally believe, looking at the squad and knowing the league, there’s no reason why we can’t challenge for the title.”

Finally do you have any message for the fans?

“Obviously it’s a difficult time at the moment so I hope everyone is keeping in good spirits. I’m looking forward to playing in front of the fans when we are able to. Whenever I have played here they’ve always been pretty loud and supportive of their players so it’ll be nice to be on the right side of that!”

#GoingForGould | Josh Gould signs on loan from Swansea City

Barry Town United are delighted to announce the signing of goalkeeper Josh Gould on loan from Swansea City.

Born in Taunton, Somerset, 6ft 4in Gould was a keen rugby player as a youngster and did not pick up a pair of gloves until the age of 16. However since then, he has gone from strength to strength and joined the Swans in August 2018 after a successful trial. This followed spells at Bridgewater Town, Cardiff Met and Taffs Well.

Now 23 years old, Gould was a regular in the Professional U23 Development League last season and ended the campaign by being named as a substitute in the senior team for five Championship fixtures – including both of Swansea’s play-off games against Brentford.

Having previously played against us in a pre-season friendly, Josh now moves to Jenner Park for his first taste of Cymru Premier football.

Having secured the signing of Gould, Gavin Chesterfield said:

“It’s great to welcome Josh to the club and we thank Swansea for their trust. I believe we have a culture which professional clubs trust when it comes to assisting the professional development of their players.

“I first admired Josh some four seasons ago and since then he has benefited from some exceptional coaching and experiences at Swansea and I’m naturally delighted to welcome him as part of our squad. He brings a high level of technical ability but also offers a strong presence and adds further strength to our squad for the season ahead.”

Barry Town United vs Caernarfon Town | JD Cymru Premier preview

It is a second home game in a row to start the 2020/21 JD Cymru Premier season for Barry Town United, as Caernarfon Town visit Jenner Park this afternoon (kick-off 2:30pm).

The New Saints came to South Wales last weekend and emerged 3-0 victors, with all the goals coming in the second half following a bright first period from Barry.

Caernarfon were also at home a week ago, drawing 1-1 with Penybont. They were then in action again in midweek, winning 3-2 away at Newtown. The Cofis twice trailed at Latham Park, but Noah Edwards’ goal in the 79th minute secured all three points. It means that Huw Griffiths’ side begin this afternoon’s game second in the table, only behind leaders Aberystwyth Town (who have played one game more) on goals scored.

Both of the Jenner Park games between Barry and Caernarfon last season ended level – a 0-0 stalemate in phase one followed by a 1-1 draw in phase two when Mo Touray’s opener was quickly cancelled out by Darren Thomas. An injury-ravaged Barry side lost 4-1 away from home in phase one, but didn’t get the chance to make amends at the Oval due to the season being cut short because of the coronavirus pandemic. The points-per-game model saw the Cofis finish the campaign in fifth, one place below Barry.

Looking ahead to the game, Gavin Chesterfield said:

“Whilst we were disappointed with the result last week there was much to like about our performance; particularly in the first half. It’s important we respond with another strong performance and hopefully a result this week. Caernarfon are a good, honest and hard-working bunch of lads who have players that carry a threat but we feel that we are getting stronger and that new relationships and understandings are developing with each session.”

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.   

Barry Town United vs The New Saints | JD Cymru Premier preview

We begin our 2020/21 JD Cymru Premier campaign this afternoon by hosting The New Saints (kick-off 2:30pm).

It is just over three weeks since our Europa League defeat to NSI Runavík, and the squad have been eager ever since to right the wrongs from the Faroe Islands. Friendlies against AFC Bitton, Swansea City Under 23s and Haverfordwest have proved excellent preparation for the season ahead.

A week after our Europa League exit, The New Saints were in action in the competition’s first qualifying round, and beat Slovakian side MSK Zilina 3-1 at home after extra-time to set up an away trip to B36 Torshavn of the Faroe Islands in the second qualifying round.

That fixture is in three days’ time, but for now their focus will be on the Cymru Premier as they look to regain top spot in the table. It is the first time since 2011 that the Oswestry outfit will not begin the season as title holders after Connah’s Quay Nomads were declared champions on a points-per-game basis in May when the decision was taken to curtail the league due to the coronavirus pandemic.  

Of the four meetings between these two sides last season, TNS won two, Barry won one and there was one draw. Both of Scott Ruscoe’s side’s victories came at Jenner Park, while both of our trips to Park Hall were ones to remember. In phase one, Evan Press’s first goal for the club – a bullet strike from outside of the box – secured a 1-0 win. Then in what proved to be our final game before lockdown, we drew 2-2 thanks to an Aeron Edwards own goal in second half stoppage time, having trailed 2-0 at half-time.

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.    

Looking ahead to the game, Gavin Chesterfield said:

“The first game of the season is always exciting as all teams embark upon a new adventure. However, this year the emotions are slightly different as I didn’t expect the season to start in September. Regardless as a club we are determined to attack the season and be as competitive as ever. TNS will be formidable opponents but we have prepared well and as always we are excited by the challenge.”