Barry Town United begin 2020 with a trip to Connah’s Quay Nomads this afternoon in the penultimate game of the JD Cymru Premier phase one (kick-off 2:30pm).
Mo Touray’s first goal of the season proved to be decisive last time out in a 1-0 win over Cardiff Met – our first victory at Cyncoed since promotion in 2017. With Cefn Druids losing on the same night, the result also confirmed Barry’s place in the Cymru Premier Championship Conference for the second successive season. Going in to today’s game, we sit fourth in the table on 37 points.
Connah’s Quay meanwhile are six points better off in second place, having won their last three games in a row. A double from Michael Bakare saw them come from behind to beat Bala Town 2-1, before they beat Airbus UK 2-1 and 4-0 in the space of four days over the Christmas period. Andy Morrison’s men currently hold the joint best defensive record in the division, having conceded just 15 goals so far this campaign.
Barry were beaten 4-0 by Connah’s Quay at Jenner Park in the first meeting between the two sides this season, as Michael Wilde and Jamie Insall both grabbed two goals each. However Town were left playing with ten men for much of the game following Jonathan Hood’s red card midway through the first half. Nonetheless, we head to Deeside this afternoon having earned a point in both games there last season – Touray scoring a brace in a 2-2 draw in phase one and Hood netting in the 1-1 stalemate in phase two.
The squad continues to be plighted by injuries at present, as Jordan Cotterill and Jonathan Hood were both forced off over the Christmas period and are ruled out of today’s game. Meanwhile, Kayne McLaggon’s booking in the away game at Cardiff Met meant he reached the limit for yellow cards and is suspended. Callum Sainty, Robbie Patten and Troy Greening remain sidelined. In better news, Jack Compton is set to return to the matchday squad this afternoon, while Drew Fahiya is back from illness. Curtis Watkins may also return.
Tickets at Deeside this afternoon will cost £7 for adults and £3 for concessions.