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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.   

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

Barry Town United’s final game of 2019 comes against Cardiff Metropolitan University this evening, with kick-off at Cyncoed Campus at 7:45pm.

The two sides of course met only four days ago on Boxing Day, playing out a 1-1 draw at Jenner Park. Jordan Cotterill’s first goal of the season put Barry ahead just five minutes into the match as he dispossessed Bradley Woolridge in the middle of the park and finished well past Will Fuller. However Jordan Lam equalised for Met a quarter of an hour later with a curling effort from outside of the box. Neither side could find a winner in the second half as Mike Lewis made a number of good saves and Town had an effort cleared off the line.

This is the third season in a row where we have played Cardiff Met twice in quick succession over the Christmas period. Last year Kayne McLaggon and Jordan Cotterill scored in a 2-1 win at Jenner Park before a 3-0 defeat at Cyncoed – a result Gavin Chesterfield’s side will certainly be hoping to avenge this evening.

Before this year’s Boxing Day game, Met ended a three game winless run in the league by defeating The New Saints 2-1 away from home thanks to goals from Joel Edwards and Will Evans. Christian Edwards’s side are currently eighth in the JD Cymru Premier table, but could end the calendar year in the top six with victory this evening if other results go their way. Town meanwhile currently sit in fourth, and three points would effectively confirm a top six spot with two games of phase one left to play.

Barry suffered a trio of injuries on Boxing Day, as Jordan Cotterill (shoulder), Sion Spence (knee) and Curtis Watkins (ankle) all had to be substituted. All three are unavailable for today’s game, and join Troy Greening, Robbie Patten and Jack Compton on the sidelines. In more positive news, Keyon Reffell and Jonathan Hood are back in contention for selection.

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

“The squad is stretched at the moment but that’s why we carry a squad of players. We are not going to make an issue of the injuries suffered so far, they are unfortunate but it’s part of the game and we have to deal with it. The Boxing Day clash was full of honesty and competitive spirit but was a game that lacked quality in my opinion. We were disappointed in our performance. Whilst our record at Cyncoed Campus isn’t great, it would be nice to sign off a successful decade with a positive outcome in tonight’s game.”

Tickets at Cyncoed this evening cost £6 for adults and £3 for concessions. Children under 10 go free with a paying adult, while it’s £2 for children over 10 with a paying adult.