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Gavin Chesterfield: It’s a game that wets the appetite

A note from Gavin Chesterfield ahead of Saturday’s playoff semi-final against Caernarfon Town:

It has been a difficult campaign both on and off the field, not just for us but for all clubs around the world. So now the regular season has come to an end, it is the opportune time to say a huge thank you to all our volunteers.

This year has shone the light on the hard work of volunteers and how sport doesn’t happen without them. I can’t thank those guys enough for everything they do for the football club.

But hopefully we’re not done yet. We’ve got today’s game to look forward to and then hopefully one more to mark a successful end to the season.

It’s the first time we’re competing in the playoffs since facing Cardiff Met in 2018 and I learned that day that they’re not nice games to lose! We went into that one on great form and then fell woefully short and the better team won on the day. But we learned from the experience and have done really well in the years since.

The boys are in good spirits and good health; there are a few niggles here and there but every team has those at this stage of the season. Hopefully they will heal up and we’ll spring into today’s game!

It’s been great to have the full week to prepare. We’ve had a lot of midweek games which means at times we’ve not been able to work on things as much as we may have wanted. We’re a club that believes in coaching and working with players and that’s been quite difficult for the last few weeks. So it’s been nice to get that rhythm and flow back, get out on the pitch and work on a few things.

We’ve played Caernarfon four times already this season and we probably know the majority of things about each other. Huw will probably say the same. Last Saturday we showed a good intensity, work ethic and character. That’s really pleasing for me because there wasn’t too much riding on the game.

This Saturday is obviously a hell of a lot different. It’s great to be at home and our record here is very good which we’re very proud of. But we know we’re up against a good team, so it’s a game to look forward to. It certainly wets the appetite.

It’s disappointing that we’re unable to have supporters here today. I know it’s been a tough year for people and it would have been a good opportunity to have a test event. But the good thing is it’s on TV and I know we’ll have a few people tuning in and shouting in living rooms and bars. That will be hugely appreciated. We’ve missed our supporters more than most and Caernarfon can probably relate to us because we’re probably the two better-supported teams in the league.

I know we’ll be giving it our all and I know you’ll be cheering on from wherever you are.

Take care,

Gavin Chesterfield on 1-0 victory over Cefn Druids: “Winning today was what mattered most”

Credit: Mike James Photography

We returned to action in the JD Cymru Premier this afternoon with a 1-0 win away at Cefn Druids thanks to David Cotterill’s penalty in the 44th minute following a foul on Nat Jarvis in the box.

After the victory, Gavin Chesterfield gave his immediate thoughts.

On the result and performance…

“In the first half we got ourselves into a few good situations but unfortunately couldn’t capitalise and it took the penalty to break the deadlock. But I thought we deserved to go into the break with a 1-0 lead.

“The game opened up in the second half and that was perhaps to be expected with it being the first game back. It basically became a game of basketball.

“I’ll give Druids credit for the way they played but Mike hasn’t had a lot to do. We had numerous counter attack situations which we really should have capitalised on but clouded thinking let us down.

“But look, regardless it’s a good result and it was important to get the win. We wanted to start building momentum straight away and get that rhythm back. It’s difficult when everything is stop start, but winning today was what mattered most.

“First game back, away from home, three points, clean sheet. I’m delighted.”

Looking ahead to Penybont on Tuesday night…

“They’re having a good season, and won today, so we look forward to the challenge. It’ll be great to be back at Jenner Park.

“We’ll look after the boys, make sure rehab is done properly and we recover well so we’re in the best possible position to go out on Tuesday and hopefully come away with another three points.”

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.

Gavin Chesterfield on Paul Morgan

Following confirmation of Paul Morgan’s departure, Gavin Chesterfield was keen to place on record his admiration for the full-back:

“We played a Welsh Cup game away at Newport County many years ago and Paul was playing for them as a right-footed left-back. I knew he was a Barry lad, so when he got released from Newport, he came straight here.

“He trained with the first team, but played in the development team for a year and since then he’s been outstanding.

“Paul is an unbelievable bloke and he can be proud of everything he’s achieved at the football club. Numerous trophies, numerous highlights and he’s gone all the way through the divisions with us.

“It’s disappointing to see him move on, but he deserves to play football and he’s got a good opportunity to do that so I wish him nothing but the best.

“I think the world of him and I know how much he loves the club. The boys will miss him because he’s a big part of our changing room, but I know he won’t be a stranger.”

Zoom catch-up with Gavin Chesterfield | December 18, 7:30pm

As Christmas approaches, we’re hosting a Q & A session with Gavin Chesterfield on Zoom tomorrow (Friday 18 December) at 7:30pm.

These catch-ups proved popular in the summer, and we know it has been hard for you to follow this season away from the Jenner Park stands, so this is your chance to discuss the campaign so far with Gavin and ask any questions you may have.

We hope you can join.

Zoom link: https://us05web.zoom.us/j/6639417111?pwd=QlJLVjl3aDE2SDZOUnBPMllOci96Zz09

Meeting ID: 663 941 7111
Passcode: jFn0Gq

Connah’s Quay Nomads vs Barry Town United | JD Cymru Premier preview

A close battle lies in store this afternoon as we travel to face Connah’s Quay Nomads in the JD Cymru Premier (kick-off 1:30pm, live on Sgorio).

Gavin Chesterfield described last weekend’s goalless draw with Newtown as a “0-0 thriller”, with both sides

Nat Jarvis struck the crossbar with a good effort in the first half and Kayne McLaggon forced a good save from Dave Jones after the break, while Mike Lewis was also kept busy at the other end. The point kept us fourth in the Cymru Premier table.

Nomads are one place better off in third, having won their last two games against Caernarfon Town and Cefn Druids, both by a 2-1 scoreline.

The champions are aiming to keep the pace with current league leaders The New Saints, who are currently six points ahead of Andy Morrison’s side, but have a game in hand.

Our last meeting with Connah’s Quay Nomads came only last month, in a 0-0 draw at Jenner Park. The game was bookended by red cards, with John Disney sent off early on for Nomads, while the last action of the match saw David Cotterill given his marching orders.

We conceded two goals in second half stoppage time to lose 2-0 on our last visit to Deeside back in January, but did draw both games there in the 2018-19 season. 

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

“Deeside Stadium is a difficult place to get a result, but over recent years we have shown our battling qualities in often difficult conditions and it has resulted in some tight scorelines.

“Following last week’s disappointing first half performance, our main focus at the moment is to produce a greater level of consistency in our game. If we deliver on that, consistency of results will follow.

“We’ve had a good week in training and travel to the game with belief in knowing that our best is good enough and we will be striving to get a positive result.”

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