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Bowen and Gould return to parent clubs

Barry Town United can confirm that the loan spells of Sam Bowen and Josh Gould have ended due to the current suspension of the JD Cymru Premier.

Midfielder Bowen, 19, returns to Cardiff City having made seven appearances for Barry, scoring two excellent goals against Flint Town United and Cefn Druids.

Meanwhile goalkeeper Gould, 23, is back at Swansea City after playing three games between the sticks.

Our thanks to both players for their efforts while at Jenner Park and we wish them the very best of luck as their careers continue to develop.

#SamSigns | Sam Bowen joins Barry Town on loan from Cardiff City

Barry Town United are pleased to confirm the signing of midfielder Sam Bowen on loan from Cardiff City.

Son of former Bluebirds forward Jason, Sam has been in the Championship club’s academy since the age of six and first came to the attention of supporters four years ago when he scored from the half-way line for the Under 16s against Hull City.

He would go on to captain the Under 18 side and is now a key part of the Under 23 squad. Last season, the 19-year-old made the substitutes bench for the first team’s FA Cup fixtures against Carlisle United and Reading.

Bowen has been capped nine times by Wales Under 19s and was called up for the Under 21 squad for the first time earlier this month alongside former Barry loanees George Ratcliffe, Sion Spence and Mo Touray.

Gavin Chesterfield said:

“Sam is a player I have admired for some time after previously working with him at international level. I have seen what he is capable of first hand and I think this loan comes at a good time for Sam’s development. He will add further quality to our squad and will complement the players we already have. Thank you to Cardiff City for their continued trust in us.”

Everyone at Barry Town gives Sam a warm welcome. He will wear the number 20 shirt.

George Ratcliffe returns to Cardiff City

Barry Town United can confirm that goalkeeper George Ratcliffe has returned to Cardiff City following his loan spell at Jenner Park.

George leaves Barry with everyone’s best wishes as he prepares to undergo knee surgery before focusing on his rehabilitation back at Cardiff.

Despite being just 19 years of age, George’s exceptional talent was clear throughout his time at the club, as he made 13 appearances and kept five clean sheets.

Best of luck George!

George Ratcliffe: “I aim to go to the top”

While the Wales senior team have two crucial Euro 2020 qualifiers this week, there is also an important fixture for the Under-21 side, as they face Moldova in qualification for the 2021 European Championships.

Lining up in goal for Paul Bodin’s side will be Barry Town United goalkeeper George Ratcliffe, on loan from Cardiff City. “It feels amazing,” the 19-year-old said when asked about being named in the squad. “I’m just glad that they’re seeing how well I’m doing with my club. Getting selected is an honour, as always.”

Having earned 11 caps for the Under-19 side, Ratcliffe made his debut for the Under-21s in June before featuring in both of their qualifying games against Belgium and Germany in September. “It’s been challenging,” he said. “I’ve made the step up from the Under 19s to the Under 21s now, so it’s a challenge, but I’m happy.”

Ratcliffe joined Barry in June, just as the club was preparing for the UEFA Europa League preliminary round tie against Cliftonville. It gave the goalkeeper the chance to bond with his new teammates straight away, as he explains: “It was a bit strange. I was a new boy and I hadn’t even trained, but I had to go away with the boys for the friendly out in Northern Ireland and then the European games. Obviously I didn’t play, but it was just about getting used to the team and gelling with the boys.”

Now, after four months at the club, Ratcliffe is loving life at Jenner Park. “It’s been amazing really,” he said. “I’ve settled in really well, getting to know the boys has been really good. I knew Gav before I came here so I had a relationship with him, and the same with Kends [Lee Kendall, goalkeeping coach] because he was my goalkeeping coach at Cardiff when I was younger. I think I’ve performed pretty well with the games I’ve had and enjoyed it.”

He has certainly impressed in his seven games so far, helping Barry hold the joint best defensive record in the JD Cymru Premier with three clean sheets. But Ratcliffe was keen to applaud those in front of him first and foremost: “I feel like the defence has done very well. They’ve been very organised and defended as well as they could, throwing their bodies on the line when they needed to. I’ve had to pull out a few saves here and there, but I haven’t had much to do to be honest, so most of the credit goes to the defence.”

The goalkeeper was also quick to praise the efforts of supporters so far this season: “They’ve been amazing. Home and away. Every away game feels like a home game because they’re so loud. They’ve been class to be fair, definitely the loudest fans in the league, I know that.”

One of Ratcliffe’s best performances so far came in the 1-0 win over The New Saints, as he made a number of impressive saves to keep out the perennial champions. “It was amazing,” he said of the victory at Park Hall. “I don’t really know the league as well as everyone else, but the way we talked about TNS before the game, I thought if we get a win then I’d be happy, never mind a clean sheet. So to come out with a clean sheet and a 1-0 win, there was no better result.”

Ratcliffe is one of a number of young players currently playing key roles at the club and spoke about playing senior football for the first time: “It’s a lot different to what I had when I was playing at Cardiff as I was playing Under 18s a lot. It’s a lot more physical, such as when you come out for crosses, that’s what I’d say is the biggest difference.

“It’s not so much quicker or more technical, but you’ve got to be more sensible with your decisions because every game is important. You have to be careful and try not to make any mistakes or do anything stupid.”

Last season, Ratcliffe was named as Cardiff City’s Academy Player of the Year after helping the Bluebirds’ Under-18 side win the Professional Development League 2 South title for the first time. Speaking about winning the award, he said: “To be honest I didn’t quite expect it. We won the league, so obviously you’d expect one of our strikers to get it. So when they did say that I’d won it I was surprised, but I felt like I had a good season, I was solid throughout and consistent in my performances. I was really happy.”

Despite the accolade coming as a surprise to the teenager, it showed him that next on the agenda should be securing experience in senior football, as he explains: “I feel like I needed to make the step up to senior football. Whether I was ready or not was irrelevant.

“I want to go right to the top, and I know you can’t just jump there straight away. You need to build your way up, and I feel like this was the right time to make the first step.”

Ratcliffe is clearly a determined individual, with his sights set firmly on accomplishing all he can in football: “I’ve been at Cardiff since I was eight, and my first aim is definitely to break into the first team. I aim to go to the top really, and you try not to settle for anything else.”

It’s an ambitious goal, but one you would not bet against Ratcliffe achieving.

Sion Spence Signs For Barry Town United On Loan

Barry Town United are delighted to announce the signing of 18-year-old Sion Spence on loan from Cardiff City.

The Barry-born midfielder arrives at Jenner Park for his first taste of senior football after scoring 11 goals in 15 appearances last season to help the Bluebirds’ Under-18 side win the PDL2 South title for the first time.

Spence has been with Cardiff City since the age of seven, and made his debut for the club’s Under-23 team at the age of just 16. In 2017/18, his first season as an Under-18 apprentice, the youngster scored 21 times to win the Academy Player of the Year award.

Described as “a clever midfield player” that is “known for his determination and ability to score a variety of goals”, Spence has also been capped eight times by the Wales Under-19 side, netting twice.

Commenting on the signing, Gavin Chesterfield said:

“Sion is someone I’ve worked with at international level and is a footballer that our supporters will enjoy watching. He’s rated highly at Cardiff City and it is hoped that this loan will stimulate his development further. Naturally I’m looking forward to working with Sion again and we thank Cardiff City for their trust.”