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Cefn Druids vs Barry Town United | JD Cymru Premier Preview

After 11 weeks of no competitive football, we are back in JD Cymru Premier action this afternoon as we travel to Cefn Druids (kick-off 2:30pm).

Our last game before the break was actually our home fixture against Druids, which we won 4-1 thanks to a brace from Kayne McLaggon, Jacob Wise’s own goal and a mesmerising run and finish from Sam Bowen.

It left us fourth in the Cymru Premier table, with our final six games of phase one all set to be played in the next four weeks.

We have made three new signings since we were last in action, and Lee Idzi, Rhys Kavanagh and Jamie Bird are all in contention for their debuts at The Rock this afternoon.

The hosts are struggling towards the wrong end of the table, with Newtown’s win over Penybont in midweek meaning that Druids slipped into the bottom two.

However the battle to avoid relegation from the Cymru Premier is ridiculously tight this year, so Bruno Lopes’s side will know that every point will be crucial in escaping trouble.

Druids have conceded the joint most goals in the league (37) and scored the second fewest (17) but did win their last match on home turf 4-1 against Haverfordwest County.

We narrowly lost 1-0 at The Rock last season, but supporters will have fonder memories of our trip to Wrexham in 2018/19 when we were 5-2 winners thanks to a hat-trick from Jordan Cotterill and a goal each from Kayne McLaggon and Mo Touray.

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

“While we got the win over Cefn Druids in December, there are no easy games in this league at all. We know it will be a challenge but we go there with excitement and will give it our best to hopefully come out the other end with three points. The lads have been training hard over the last couple of weeks and they’re excited just as I am.”

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

Barry Town United vs Cefn Druids | JD Cymru Premier Preview

We are hoping to return to winning ways this afternoon as Cefn Druids visit Jenner Park in the JD Cymru Premier (kick-off 2:30pm).

It has been a difficult couple of games on the road for Barry, with defeat coming to Haverfordwest County on Wednesday evening.

The Bluebirds were 2-1 winners at the Bridge Meadow Stadium, with Ben Fawcett scoring either side of Josh Graham’s first goal for the Town. Curtis McDonald was sent off for two bookable offences and will therefore miss this afternoon’s game.  

It will be good to get back to familiar surroundings, as we have not lost at Jenner Park since the opening day against The New Saints, and were 6-3 winners against Flint Town United in our last match on home turf.

Cefn Druids travel to South Wales in good form, having won their last two games to rise from bottom of the Cymru Premier table to ninth position.

The Ancients came from behind to beat Flint 2-1 on Tuesday night, as goals from Alex Darlington and Iwan Cartwright cancelled out Richie Foulkes’s opener.

Portuguese boss Bruno Lopes is in his first season in charge at The Rock, having previously coached in the USA and Singapore. Last season, the 36-year-old was Under-23s head coach at Portuguese Primeira Liga side Portimonense, and also had a spell as caretaker manager of the first team.

We have won our last two home games against Cefn Druids, with Chris Hugh’s superb solo goal proving decisive in a 1-0 victory last season. The year before, we came from behind to win 2-1, as Mo Touray’s 92nd minute goal secured all 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 Jenner Park, but you will be able to follow this afternoon’s fixture through live updates on our Twitter page.

Cefn Druids vs Barry Town United | JD Cymru Premier Preview

Barry Town United will be aiming to return to winning ways this afternoon as they travel to Cefn Druids in the JD Cymru Premier (kick-off 2:30pm).

Gavin Chesterfield’s side suffered a 4-0 defeat to Connah’s Quay Nomads at Jenner Park last weekend, as two goals each from Michael Wilde and Jamie Insall gave the visitors victory. The challenge was made tougher for Barry following Jonathan Hood’s first half red card which left the team playing the final hour with ten men.

Cefn Druids meanwhile were involved in one of the two games that were postponed in the JD Cymru Premier last weekend, with The Rock overwhelmed by snow for their fixture against Cardiff Metropolitan University, making it therefore unplayable. They do however come into today’s game on the back of an impressive three straight wins against Caernarfon Town, Penybont and Carmarthen Town, scoring eight goals in the process. Half of these, including a 92nd minute winner at Penybont, have come from James Davies, who Barry will have to keep an eye out for this afternoon. Druids have climbed up the table as a result of their good form and currently sit in eighth position.

Chris Hugh’s excellent solo goal was the difference in a 1-0 victory for Barry when Druids visited Jenner Park in September. The meeting between the two sides at The Rock last season was a thoroughly entertaining one, with Barry emerging with a 5-2 win thanks to a hat-trick from Jordan Cotterill and one goal each for Kayne McLaggon and Mo Touray.

For this afternoon’s game Barry will be without George Ratcliffe who is away with the Wales Under-21s, as well as the suspended Jonathan Hood and injured midfield duo Robbie Patten and Troy Greening.

Tickets at The Rock this afternoon will cost £7 for adults, £4 for concessions and £1 for children.

Barry Town United vs Cefn Druids | JD Cymru Premier Preview

Barry Town United are back at Jenner Park this afternoon, with Cefn Druids the visitors in the final JD Cymru Premier fixture of the weekend (kick-off 2:30pm).

Kayne McLaggon scored his fifth goal of the season last weekend to secure a 1-0 win over Airbus UK, maintaining our 100% away record in the league and taking us top of the table in the process. However, both TNS and Cardiff Met won yesterday afternoon against Carmarthen Town and Bala Town respectively, meaning we will begin today in third place with the chance to go back to the summit with victory.

Cefn Druids meanwhile have won just once in six games so far this campaign – a 3-1 victory over Airbus on matchday two. Last weekend they played out a thrilling 3-3 draw with Carmarthen, with Ramirez Howarth grabbing three sensational goals for Huw Griffiths’s side as they led twice against the Old Gold but couldn’t find a way to come out on top. They have also got credible draws at Newtown and Caernarfon this season, so there’s no doubt today will be a tough test.

Barry won in dramatic fashion when Druids visited Jenner Park last season, as Mo Touray scored in the 92nd minute to secure a 2-1 victory. Gavin Chesterfield’s side had previously trailed before Jordan Cotterill’s equaliser. Cotterill then got a hat-trick in the reverse fixture at The Rock, as Touray netted again along with Kayne McLaggon in a 5-2 triumph.

Captain Cotterill unfortunately remains unavailable for today’s fixture, but the club have confirmed that we will appeal the six-month suspension he has been handed by the FAW. Meanwhile, Troy Greening, Robbie Patten, Keyon Reffell are unavailable because of injury. In more positive news, Jack Compton is back in training.

Speaking ahead of the game this week, Gavin Chesterfield said:

“I’m delighted with the start. If the season ended now, I’d be over the moon, but there is still a long way to go. We’ve got another tough game against Druids to look forward to.

“I’m really happy with the lads and their application, but we are nowhere near hitting our straps, there is so much more to come. We are gradually getting better and gradually getting stronger.”

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