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Barry Town United vs Flint Town United | JD Cymru Premier Preview

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We are back at Jenner Park this afternoon as we kick off a busy festive fixture list against Flint Town United in the JD Cymru Premier (kick-off 2:30pm).

The first of six games over the next three weeks, we host The Silkmen after travelling to their near-neighbours Connah’s Quay Nomads last weekend.

Jordan Cotterill put us 1-0 up early on at Deeside, but the Nomads equalised almost straight away and went on to win 3-1. Plenty of promise was shown from Town, but ultimately the champions showed their clinical edge and came out on top.

Nonetheless, we remain fourth in the Cymru Premier table and will be looking to kick on this afternoon after a tricky period.

Flint, promoted from the Cymru North last season, currently sit second from bottom in the standings, having won just one of their last 10 games, losing the other nine. Niall McGuinness’s side are the only team in the division yet to draw a game this season.  

They also lost to Connah’s Quay Nomads in their most recent fixture, suffering a 2-0 defeat to Andy Morrison’s side on Tuesday evening.

We won 1-0 on our trip to the Essity Stadium earlier in the season as Kayne McLaggon’s second half penalty proved decisive in a tight game in front of the Sgorio cameras.

Our most recent meeting with Flint before that was the 2013 Welsh Cup quarter-final, when we were 2-0 victors and secured a place in the last four for the first time in a decade. It marked the first ever appearance of a fully-amateur Barry side at the Welsh Cup semi-final stage.

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.

Flint Town United vs Barry Town United | JD Cymru Premier preview

We travel to Flint Town United this evening for our first away league game of the season, with the fixture live on Sgorio (kick-off 5:45pm).

The Silkmen are back in the JD Cymru Premier for the first time since 1998 after finishing second in the Cymru North last season. They have made a strong start to life back at this level, winning two of their opening three fixtures. Manager Niall McGuinness has coached in the league before with Rhyl, while the club have also used the transfer window to add top-flight experience in shape of Nathan Craig and Wes Baynes.

Craig scored the only goal in Flint’s 1-0 win over Newtown on the opening weekend before they were defeated 3-1 by Aberystwyth six days later. Flint were then in action again on Wednesday night in their rearranged fixture with Cefn Druids, and emerged 2-1 victors at The Rock. It means that they head into today’s game second in the table at this early stage.

Meanwhile, Barry are placed eighth after bouncing back from an opening day defeat to The New Saints with a 3-1 victory over Caernarfon Town at Jenner Park last weekend. After an even opening to the game, Barry took control of proceedings and Kayne McLaggon gave us the lead seven minutes before half-time. After the break, summer signing Curtis McDonald powered in a header from a Jordan Cotterill corner and McLaggon volleyed in his second of the afternoon to wrap up the win. Mike Hayes’s close-range finish proved only a consolation for the Cofis.

This will be our first meeting with Flint since our 2-0 win in the 2013 Welsh Cup quarter-final. Goals from Ryan Evans and Ryan Jenkins secured a place in the last four for the first time in a decade and marked the first ever appearance of a fully-amateur Barry side at the Welsh Cup semi-final stage.

Looking ahead to the game, Gavin Chesterfield said:

“While Prestatyn won the Cymru North last season, Flint were really competitive and since then they’ve add strength, experience and quality. Niall as a manager has experience in this league previously too. We know they’ll be well prepared and well organised, but they’ll know that we will as well.

“It won’t be an easy place to go. It’s a long time since I’ve been there actually, but it’s a fresh ground for us and a chance to get another 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 Essity Stadium, but you will be able to follow the game live on S4C and through updates on our Twitter page.