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Barry Town United vs Caernarfon Town | JD Cymru Premier Playoff Preview

This afternoon we host Caernarfon Town in the semi-final of the JD Cymru Premier European playoffs (kick-off 5:30pm).

The winner of the tie will go on to play Penybont or Newtown in the final next weekend for the right to represent Wales in the Europa Conference League next season.

It was of course only last week that Caernarfon last visited Jenner Park for the final game of the regular season – the fourth time we had played them across the campaign and the third time we claimed victory.

The Gwynedd outfit led at the break through Darren Thomas, but a dominant second half showing from Barry turned the game around as David Cotterill, Rhys Kavanagh and Jordan Cotterill all got on the scoresheet before Thomas grabbed a late consolation for it to finish 3-2.

After a tricky phase two period, it was important that we ended on a high and took confidence into today’s game, while it was particularly pleasing to see Kavanagh net his first goal for the club having looked dangerous ever since signing in January.

We last competed in the playoffs in 2018, when we were beaten 4-1 away at Cardiff Metropolitan University in our first season back in the top flight. However, this will be the first time that Jenner Park has hosted a playoff game.

Caernarfon, who are aiming to qualify for Europe for the first time in their history, were beaten playoff semi-finalists in 2019.

Huw Griffith’s side only confirmed their place in this season’s Championship Conference in the last game of phase one, but they have proved their worth by taking points off The New Saints and Bala Town in the last month. It will certainly be a tight and entertaining encounter this afternoon.

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

“We’ve played Caernarfon four times already this season and we probably know the majority of things about each other. Huw will probably say the same. Last Saturday we showed a good intensity, work ethic and character. That’s really pleasing for me because there wasn’t too much riding on the game.

“This Saturday is obviously a hell of a lot different. It’s great to be at home and our record here is very good which we’re very proud of. But we know we’re up against a good team, so it’s a game to look forward to. It certainly wets the appetite.”

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 and watch live on Sgorio.   

JD Cymru Premier playoff details confirmed

Following our 3-2 win over Caernarfon Town on Saturday afternoon, our fifth place finish in the JD Cymru Premier has been confirmed.

This means that we will compete in the playoffs for a spot in the Europa Conference League. Our semi-final will be played at Jenner Park against Caernarfon Town on Saturday 22nd May at 5:30pm.

We continue to campaign for the right for supporters to attend the fixture as part of the Welsh Government’s pilot testing events, but the match will be shown live on Sgorio and you will be able follow live updates on Twitter.

The winner of the tie will face Penybont or Newtown in the final, with the team who places higher in the table receiving home advantage.

The winner of that game will enter the 2020/21 Europa Conference League in the first qualifying round.

Barry Town United vs Caernarfon Town | JD Cymru Premier Preview

It is our final game of the regular JD Cymru Premier season this afternoon as we host Caernarfon Town (kick-off 12pm).

All eyes will be on the title fight between Connah’s Quay Nomads and The New Saints, but today’s match at Jenner Park is a dress rehearsal for the European playoff semi-final.

Barry and Caernarfon will meet again next weekend, with the winner progressing to the final against either Penybont or Newtown to decide who will be the fourth team representing Wales in continental competition next season. Barring a six-goal Caernarfon win this afternoon, that semi-final will also be played at Jenner Park.

Town were beaten 3-0 away at TNS last weekend, but Gavin Chesterfield was keen to take the positives from Park Hall, as his side proved a good match for the title challengers in the first half.

It was also good to see Callum Sainty and Josh Graham make their returns from injury and we hope to continue bringing bodies back ahead of next weekend.

Caernarfon were beaten 4-0 by Connah’s Quay in their last outing, a result made worse by Lewis Brass’s second half red card which means the goalkeeper is suspended for today’s game and next weekend.

This is the third successive season since their promotion to the top flight that the Gwynedd side have competed in the Championship Conference and now they are aiming to qualify for Europe for the first time.

We won three points against Caernarfon in dramatic style in our last meeting, as Curtis Hutson’s 91st-minute goal secured a 1-0 win at The Oval at the start of phase two.

Huw Griffith’s men last made the trip to Jenner Park back in September, when a brace from Kayne McLaggon and a bullet header from Curtis McDonald help us to a 3-1 victory.

Looking ahead to this afternoon’s game, Gavin Chesterfield said:

“Caernarfon are a good team, Huw will have them organised. We’ve had some good games with them this season already and I’m looking forward to the match. But it’s after that that really matters and that stimulus of the playoffs is good for our players. It’s an exciting 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.   

Caernarfon Town vs Barry Town United | JD Cymru Premier Preview

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We begin phase two of the JD Cymru Premier this afternoon with a trip to Caernarfon Town (kick-off 2:30pm).

We head into the Championship Conference with plenty of confidence and momentum thanks to two consecutive wins at the end of phase one. After a superb 6-2 win over Bala Town at Jenner Park, we travelled to Cardiff Metropolitan University on Easter Friday and claimed a 2-1 victory.

Nat Jarvis opened the scoring at Cyncoed just after halftime before Emlyn Lewis equalised two minutes later, but Evan Press popped up with the winning strike in the 90th minute – his third goal in two games.

It means that we begin phase two in fourth place, six points behind Bala – knowing that third place will secure an automatic European spot this season after the cancellation of the JD Welsh Cup.

Caernarfon were beaten 4-1 by The New Saints on Easter Friday – Mike Parker being sent off to add to their woes – but they still qualified for the Championship Conference in sixth place due to Haverfordwest County’s loss to Penybont.

A great run of form earned the Cofis the right to play in the top six, as they were on an eight-game unbeaten run before their defeat at Park Hall. This is the third successive season since their promotion in 2018 that they can call themselves a top half team.

Goals in the last ten minutes from Jack Kenny and Sam Jones earned a 2-0 win for Caernarfon when we visited The Oval in December, but we had been victorious at Jenner Park three months earlier as a Kayne McLaggon brace and bullet header from Curtis McDonald secured a 3-1 win.

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

Caernarfon Town vs Barry Town United | JD Cymru Premier Preview

We’re in North Wales this afternoon to face Caernarfon Town in the first of two away games in a row in the JD Cymru Premier (kick-off 2:30pm).  

We returned to winning ways last weekend with a 6-3 victory over Flint Town United. Jordan Cotterill, Sam Bowen, Kayne McLaggon, Luke Cooper and Nat Jarvis all got on the scoresheet in a nine-goal thriller at Jenner Park as we showed a clinical edge to see off the Silkmen.

The result has left us fourth in the Cymru Premier table, with games in hand over every other team in the top half apart from Penybont.  

Caernarfon currently sit in eighth, having beaten bottom of the table Cefn Druids 2-1 on Tuesday evening courtesy of goals from Cai Jones and Mike Hayes.

It was a first win in eight games for Huw Griffith’s side, who have conceded the second highest number of goals in the division but at the other end of the pitch have failed to score in just two of their games this season, so they remain a constant threat.

This will be our first trip to The Oval in over a year, as although both teams finished in the top six in 2019-20, the curtailment of the campaign due to coronavirus meant that we never travelled to Caernarfon in phase two.  

We will be looking to make amends for a 4-1 defeat in Gwynedd in November 2019, and can take confidence from our 3-1 win at Jenner Park earlier this season. A brace from Kayne McLaggon and a bullet header from Curtis McDonald gave us a three goal lead, before Mike Hayes’s finish proved only to be a consolation for the Canaries.

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

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 Caernarfon Town | JD Cymru Premier Preview

Barry Town United welcome Caernarfon Town to Jenner Park in the JD Cymru Premier this afternoon (kick-off 2:30pm).

Storm Dennis caused havoc around the country last weekend, and led to our trip to Newtown being postponed, meaning Gavin Chesterfield’s side are in action today for the first time in two weeks. A fortnight ago, our first fixture of phase two saw Connah’s Quay Nomads walk away from Jenner Park with a 1-0 victory. Michael Wilde’s goal in the fourth minute was all that separated the two sides, as Barry were forced to play the final 50 minutes with ten men following Kayne McLaggon’s red card. The performance merited at least a point as Mo Touray, Chris Hugh and debutant David Cotterill all came close to scoring.  

Meanwhile, Caernarfon are still searching for their first points under new manager Huw Griffiths, who was appointed at the start of the month. His opening two games have ended in defeat as both Bala Town (2-1) and Connah’s Quay (4-0) have claimed victory over the Cofis, who are now on a run of seven games without a win in the league. They sit in sixth, one point behind fifth place Newtown and six behind Barry in fourth, having played a game more than both teams.  

Caernarfon became the first team to beat Barry in the league this season when they claimed a 4-1 victory at the Oval at the start of November. An injury-ravaged Barry side put up a good fight as Kayne McLaggon’s penalty cancelled out Darren Thomas’s opener, but second half goals from Gruffydd John and Nathan Craig, as well as a Curtis Watkins own goal, gave the Cofis the three points. It ended honours even in the most recent Jenner Park meeting between the two sides as a 0-0 draw was played out in September.

The last two weeks have seen both Keyon Reffell and Jack Compton return to training following their respective injuries, while long-term absentee Robbie Patten is also in contention for the matchday squad, having not featured for Barry since August. In addition, Kayne McLaggon’s red card against Connah’s Quay has been overturned, meaning he is eligible to play. Callum Sainty and Troy Greening remain on the sidelines.  

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

Barry Town United vs Caernarfon Town | JD Cymru Premier Preview

Barry Town United host Caernarfon Town in the JD Cymru Premier this afternoon (2:30pm kick-off) hoping to making it five games unbeaten.  

We are one of just three teams yet to lose in the league this season, and last weekend’s 1-0 win over Carmarthen sent us to the top of the table. Clayton Green’s 69th minute strike was the difference between the two sides at Richmond Park as Cardiff City loanee George Ratcliffe picked up his first clean sheet in the Barry goal.

Ratcliffe is away with the Welsh Under-21 side this week, meaning there is a return between the sticks for Mike Lewis, who will make his first appearance of the season following time on the sidelines with injury. New signings Sion Spence and Mo Touray could also feature after completing loan moves from Cardiff City and Newport County respectively on deadline day. Unfortunately we are still without Jordan Cotterill due to suspension and Troy Greening through injury. Chris Hugh is back in training.

Today’s opponents Caernarfon currently sit eighth in the JD Cymru Premier, having claimed their first victory of the season last Friday night against Airbus. The Cofis twice trailed against the newly-promoted side but substitute Jamie Breese scored in the 87th minute after being played through by a sublime Gareth Evans pass to win the game 3-2. It followed on from a 1-0 defeat to TNS in their opening fixture and draws with Connah’s Quay Nomads and Cefn Druids.

Sean Eardley’s team have Barry to thank for their fourth place finish last season, as Kayne McLaggon’s penalty in stoppage time against Newtown in the final game meant the Cofis went above the Robins on goal difference. It completed an excellent first season back in the top-flight for Caernarfon, who had endured a nine year exodus before winning the Cymru Alliance in 2018.

In the four meetings between the two teams in 2018/19, Gavin Chesterfield’s side came out on top on three occasions. The 4-0 win at Jenner Park in phase two was our biggest victory of the entire campaign, while Marcus Jones’s 88th minute winner at The Oval was one of the most memorable moments of phase one.

Tickets at Jenner Park this afternoon will cost £8 for adults, £5 for concessions and £3 for kids. It should be a dry afternoon in Barry, with light cloud and a gentle breeze.