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Cardiff Met vs Barry Town United| JD Cymru Premier | Match Preview

We are in action on Friday evening this week as the squad make the short journey into the capital to face a Cardiff Metropolitan University side level on points with us after the opening 16 games of the JD Cymru Premier League season.

Having narrowly lost our last 2 league games despite spirited performances from the players, Gavin Chesterfield will be looking to secure all 3 points this Friday as we move into a busy festive period.

Met’ have become somewhat familiar opponents for us this season, with the match at 19:45 on Friday evening becoming the fourth time we have faced the Archers in all competitions. Unfortunately, Met’ ran out victorious on all three previous meetings this season, with 2 wins in the cup competitions at the Cyncoed Campus Stadium and a victory for the Archers (1-0) in the reverse league fixture at Jenner Park in October. Indeed, Gavin and the players will be keen to get the better of a Met’ side this weekend, who have become something of ‘bogey’ team for the dragons so far this term.

We currently find ourselves on 19 points, just 3 points off the top-half of the table but, similarly, only 3 points above the relegation zone. With both sides level on points going into the fixture, the match under the lights at Cyncoed on Friday is likely to be a crucial one in determining our ultimate league position with just 6 games of the first-phase of the JD Cymru Premier League remaining.

As always, your support at Cardiff Metropolitan University this Friday evening would be much appreciated by all at the club.

Cardiff Met vs Barry Town United| Nathaniel MG Cup Semi-Final | Match Preview

We’re in Cup action this weekend as we travel to Cardiff Metropolitan University to contest the semi-final of the Nathaniel MG Cup.

After heartache in the Nathaniel MG Cup Final in 2017 at the hands of The New Saints, the semi-final on Saturday offers us the chance to setup another Cup Final and go one further. Indeed, left-back Chris Hugh acknowledged the importance of Saturday’s fixture in an interview this week, he said ‘winning some silverware now would be massive’ in a statement which clearly shows the intent of the club.

Historically, we have had some success in the league cup. Notably, in the late 1990s, we lifted the Cup on four consecutive occasions in what was a successful period for the Club.

We come into this game in good form, having been unbeaten in our last 6 games. Also, our skipper, Kayne Mclaggon, has been in scintillating form of late, scoring 10 goals in his last 8 games and thereby earning himself the JD Cymru Premier League Player of the Month award for October.

Our opponents find themselves in 11th position in the JD Cymru Premier League, 4 points behind the Town who sit in 8th. Nevertheless, the Archers have defeated us twice already this term, once in the Welsh Cup (3-0) and once in the League (1-0). However, our poor form against Met’ this season will only add to Gavin and the player’s motivation this weekend, who will be eager to get one over our rivals.

The match this Saturday will kick off at 14:30 at the Cyncoed Campus Stadium and, as always, your support would be much appreciated by all at the club. As Chris Hugh made clear earlier this week, ‘every player’ wants to feature in a cup final, so you can guarantee our boys will do everything they can this Saturday in an attempt to boost our hopes of winning Barry’s first league cup in over 20 years.

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

We end phase one of the 2020/21 JD Cymru Premier season by making the short trip to Cardiff Metropolitan University today (kick-off 5pm).

Our magnificent 6-2 win over Bala Town last week, courtesy of goals from Kayne McLaggon (2), Evan Press (2), Chris Hugh and Curtis Hutson, was the perfect way to secure our spot in the Championship Conference for phase two.

However that does not mean that there is nothing riding on today’s game, as we look to build momentum going into the final ten fixtures and try to chase down Bala who are six points ahead in third.

Cardiff Met have found themselves struggling at the other end of the table this season, and ahead of today’s game they are 10th – just two points ahead of the bottom two.

Christian Edwards’s side are winless in their last eight matches and were beaten 3-2 by Caernarfon Town last weekend. They have scored the fewest goals in the division this season, but have conceded the fewest goals in the bottom half.

It was a superb free-kick from David Cotterill that proved decisive in our 1-0 win over the Archers earlier in the season, and it was the same scoreline on our last visit to Cyncoed Campus in December 2019, when Mo Touray struck the winner.

Looking ahead to the match, Gavin Chesterfield said:

“Regardless of who you’re playing against in this league, you can’t be off your game. I went to watch Cardiff Met against Cefn Druids the other week and I thought they played really well and were unlucky not to win the game. I know we’re going to be in for a tough game, but we’re a good team and hopefully the win over Bala will give us some momentum and impetus.”

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

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.