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Barry Town United vs The New Saints | JD Cymru Premier Preview

Barry Town United return to JD Cymru Premier League action tonight as league leaders The New Saints visit Jenner Park (kick-off 8pm).

Town suffered a disappointing 1-0 defeat to Newtown in the Welsh Cup last weekend, as Kieran Mills-Evans’s 87th minute goal saw The Robins progress to the fourth round at our expense. The scoreline was identical when the two teams met in the league a week earlier, meaning Barry find themselves fourth in the table going into this evening.

The New Saints meanwhile come into tonight’s fixture on the back of two emphatic results – a 9-0 win over third tier Mold Alexandra in the Welsh Cup last weekend and a 12-0 thrashing against Airbus in the Cymru Premier a fortnight ago. Scott Ruscoe’s side are unbeaten in seven league games, and currently hold a one point lead at the top of the table. Largely thanks to their victory over Airbus, they are comfortably the highest scorers in the league with 49 goals, while they have the third best defence with 16 goals conceded.

Barry defeated TNS in the first meeting of the season between the two sides back in September as Evan Press’s first goal for the club secured a memorable 1-0 victory at Park Hall. The teenager’s thunderbolt from outside the box flew past Paul Harrison in the 24th minute, while a few superb saves from George Ratcliffe and some excellent Barry defending meant we headed back to South Wales with three points for the second time in three seasons – following another 1-0 win in November 2017 thanks to Kayne McLaggon’s goal. TNS won both of their games at Jenner Park last season – 2-0 in phase one and 4-0 in phase two.

Gavin Chesterfield has no fresh injury concerns ahead of tonight’s game, but Jack Compton, Robbie Patten and Troy Greening all remain injured.

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

Barry Town United vs Newtown | JD Welsh Cup Preview

Barry Town United face Newtown for the second week in a row as the two teams meet in the third round of the JD Welsh Cup at Jenner Park (kick-off 2:30pm).

Ian Sheridan’s 79th minute goal gave The Robins a 1-0 victory in the league encounter last weekend, with Barry unable to find an equaliser from Mo Touray late on. It means Town will be seeking revenge in a competition that they have won six times in total, most recently in 2003. Last season, Gavin Chesterfield’s side defeated Penybont, Cefn Druids and Cambrian & Clydach to the reach the semi-finals, where they lost out to eventual cup winners The New Saints. This year marks the 65th anniversary of the club’s first Welsh Cup triumph, when they defeated Chester in the final courtesy of a replay.

Newtown meanwhile have won the trophy just twice, both occasions coming in the 19th century (1879 and 1895). Chris Hughes’s team were knocked out at this stage last season by second tier Rhyl, but did make it to the semi-finals in 2017-18. Their victory last weekend kept them eighth in the Cymru Premier League table and means they have won their last two matches at Jenner Park, but the Robins are yet to win back-to-back games at any stage so far this campaign.

Kayne McLaggon and Jonathan Hood missed last weekend’s game through illness and suspension respectively, but both will be back available for this cup tie. Jack Compton, Robbie Patten and Troy Greening all remain injured.

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

“I’d love to go on another cup run this season. The Welsh Cup is a competition that I’ve never won, it’s a competition that we’ve got huge respect for and we’d love to go far again. It gave us some good memories last year.”

Tickets at Jenner Park this afternoon will cost £8 for adults, £5 for concessions and £3 for kids. The tie must be decided today – meaning we will have extra-time and penalties to find a winner if necessary.

Barry Town United vs Newtown | JD Cymru Premier Preview

Barry Town United will be hoping to build on last week’s win over Penybont when they take on Newtown in the JD Cymru Premier at Jenner Park this afternoon (kick-off 2:30pm).

Goals from Clayton Green, Luke Cummings and Kayne McLaggon secured a 3-0 victory in the Five Mile Lane Derby, with George Ratcliffe saving a penalty to keep his clean sheet intact. The result took Town back to second in the league table, three points behind leaders Connah’s Quay Nomads.

Newtown currently sit in eighth position having been in inconsistent form of late, winning three and losing three of their last six games. Most recently they were on the end of a 3-1 defeat against Connah’s Quay, despite taking the lead away at the Deeside Stadium through Sean McAllister. Chris Hughes’s side are the joint lowest scorers in the Cymru Premier, netting just 15 goals in 15 games to date.

It was a thrilling meeting between Barry and Newtown earlier in the campaign, as Sion Spence, Keyon Reffell and Kayne McLaggon scored in a 3-2 win at Latham Park. There were also 14 goals in the four fixtures involving the two sides last season, so entertainment is expected at Jenner Park. This afternoon’s match is of course the first of our two successive games against The Robins, as we face them again in the third round of the Welsh Cup next weekend.

Luke Cooper returns from suspension today, while Jonathan Hood serves the final game of his ban. Jack Compton, Robbie Patten and Troy Greening are all injured.

Speaking this week, Gavin Chesterfield said:

“I think Newtown are a really good football team, I’ve always said that and we’ve had some really good games in the past against them – I have no doubt it will be the same over the next two weeks.

“It is slightly different when you play each other two weeks in a row at the same venue, but all we can focus on at the moment is the first game in the league, which is the most important one. It’s a tough challenge, but one we look forward to. We’ll prepare well and I think if we do things right then we’re a tough team to play against.”

Barry Town United are proud to support Stonewall’s Rainbow Laces campaign this weekend, which aims to make sport LGBT inclusive. You can find out more by clicking here.

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

Gavin Chesterfield looks ahead to a busy month of football

Gavin Chesterfield was in a positive mood following last Friday’s 3-0 win over Penybont that took Barry back to second in the Cymru Premier table.

“It was great to get back under the lights at Jenner,” he said. “I thought the boys executed the game plan really well, I still think there’s loads of room to improve, but it was just good to get back to keeping a clean sheet and scoring some goals.

“It’s been an important period for us to come through, and now we go into another run of tough games that will test us even more. But they’re the types of challenges that we look forward to.”

The victory followed a run of three successive defeats for Barry, but Chesterfield was keen to stress that he felt no need to panic despite this.

“I wouldn’t say we’d been playing terribly badly, I think there’s context to all the games we lost,” he said. “Losing three on the spin isn’t nice, but it happens, it’s sport, and it’ll no doubt happen again in the future. We learnt a lot about the players, they trained ever so well in that period and showed great character.”

Asked what he had learnt about his team in the defeats, Chesterfield said: “We know that if we’re not at our best and don’t execute game plans, then we can lose games of football. We aren’t good enough to be going through games not doing the basics well and not maintaining discipline because those things are going to cost us.

“But I have to say the boys did really well on Friday night to get the win, so if anything it’s taught us that if we keep humble and keep working hard it gives us a far better chance of winning matches.”

Next up for Barry are a pair of league and cup games against Newtown, and Chesterfield was quick to praise Chris Hughes’s side: “I think Newtown are a really good football team, I’ve always said that and we’ve had some really good games in the past against them – I have no doubt it will be the same over the next two weeks.

“It is slightly different when you play each other two weeks in a row at the same venue, but all we can focus on at the moment is the first game in the league, which is the most important one. It’s a tough challenge, but one we look forward to. We’ll prepare well and I think if we do things right then we’re a tough team to play against.”

“I’d love to go on another cup run this season, but at the moment we’re a mile away from that. We don’t want to concentrate too much on the cup game at the moment. The Welsh Cup is a competition that I’ve never won, it’s a competition that we’ve got huge respect for and we’d love to go far again. It gave us some good memories last year. But first of all we’ve got to take care of this league game.”

Town then host The New Saints live on Sgorio and travel to Aberystwyth Town, before 2019 ends with a double header against Cardiff Metropolitan University. The new year then signals the opening of the January transfer window, and Chesterfield discussed his plans for the month.

“It’s difficult to say at the moment,” he said when asked if Barry would be looking to do much business. “Obviously for most managers in this league, the planning for January starts way in advance.

“We might see the need to freshen up one or two, we might see one or two moving out on loan or permanently. I don’t envisage massive changes, but I do think a freshen up is always good for every team.

“We’ll always be active, the board are fantastic in their support for me and the staff and indeed the players, and if we feel that something can improve us, then we’ve got a duty to do that. But I maintain that I’ll only bring players in that I think can strengthen the squad and are better than what we’ve got.”

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

The top two teams in the JD Cymru Premier go head to head this afternoon as Barry Town United welcome Connah’s Quay Nomads to Jenner Park (kick-off 2:30pm). The two sides are level on points, with Andy Morrison’s men ahead on goal difference having played a game more.

An injury-ravaged Barry side lost for the first time in the league last weekend as Caernarfon Town ran out 4-1 winners at the Oval. Kayne McLaggon’s penalty cancelled out Darren Thomas’s opener, but second half goals from Gruffydd John and Nathan Craig, as well as a Curtis Watkins own goal, gave the Cofis victory.

It means that Connah’s Quay are now the only unbeaten team left in the JD Cymru Premier, having recorded seven wins and six draws from 13 games. Their last two fixtures have ended in 1-1 draws against Aberystwyth Town and The New Saints, with Michael Wilde’s late equaliser earning a point against the reigning champions last weekend.

This afternoon will be the first meeting of the campaign between Barry and Connah’s Quay, with the four games involving the two sides last season proving to be tight encounters. The game at Jenner Park in phase one saw Barry win 2-0 thanks to goals from Kayne McLaggon and Mo Touray, while the points were shared in the other three fixtures with a pair of 1-1 draws in phase two following an exciting 2-2 draw at the Deeside Stadium in phase one.

Sion Spence and Clayton Green are both available again for today’s fixture after missing the defeat at Caernarfon through injury. Captain Jordan Cotterill is also in contention to feature for the first time since August following the conclusion of his suspension. George Ratcliffe, Robbie Patten and Callum Sainty have returned to training following their respective injuries.

Speaking ahead of the game, Gavin Chesterfield said:

“The players have trained well this week and we are looking forward to the challenge. We’ll have to be concentrated at all times to negate the threats of Connah’s Quay, but also focus on our game, as we carry threats of our own.”

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

Barry Town United vs Airbus UK | JD Cymru Premier Preview

Barry Town United are back at Jenner Park this afternoon for the first time in over a month, with Airbus UK the visitors (kick-off 2:30pm).

Since the 1-0 home win over Cefn Druids on September 22, we have beaten TNS and Newtown on the road before a 1-1 draw with Bala Town last weekend. Henry Jones gave the hosts the lead with a first time finish in the 19th minute at Maes Tegid, but Keyon Reffell’s equaliser on the stroke of half-time earned Barry a share of the points. The result extended our unbeaten run to ten matches and leaves us third in the table going into today’s fixture, with leaders Connah’s Quay Nomads and second place TNS having played two games more.

Airbus meanwhile are in eighth position following their 2-0 win over Newtown last weekend. Andy Owens grabbed a goal in each half to secure the victory for Steve O’Shaughnessy’s side, their third since promotion from the Cymru Alliance last season.

Our encounter at The Airfield earlier in the campaign ended in a 1-0 win for Barry, clinched by Kayne McLaggon’s goal in just the 10th minute. Today’s game will be just the second ever meeting between the two sides, and Airbus’s first visit to Jenner Park.

Troy Greening, Callum Sainty and Robbie Patten all remain injured for this afternoon’s fixture, while Jordan Cotterill will serve the penultimate game of his suspension.

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

Bala Town vs Barry Town United | JD Cymru Premier Preview

After a short break, Barry Town United return to JD Cymru Premier action this afternoon against Bala Town (kick-off 2:30pm).

Last week’s fixture against Penybont was postponed due to international call-ups, meaning that today’s visit to Maes Tegid is a third away game in a row for Gavin Chesterfield’s side. It follows the 1-0 win over The New Saints at the end of September and the 3-2 victory against Newtown a fortnight ago, secured through first goals for the club for Sion Spence and Keyon Reffell and a Kayne McLaggon penalty.

Bala meanwhile are currently on a three-game winning streak, having claimed victories over Carmarthen Town (2-1), Cefn Druids (3-0) and Aberystwyth Town (2-0) in recent weeks. The results have left the Lakesiders fourth in the table, with only TNS scoring more goals in total so far this season.

This afternoon will of course be our first visit to Maes Tegid since the historic 5-2 win in April that secured our qualification to Europa League. Bala were 2-0 up at the hour mark, but goals from Jordan Cotterill, Kayne McLaggon (two), Mo Touray and Drew Fahiya completed a magical comeback. Our first meeting this season was also an exciting affair, as a 2-2 draw was played out at Jenner Park. Barry twice leading through Fahiya and McLaggon, only for Lassana Mendes and Stuart Jones to equalise for Bala.

Ahead of today’s game, Jonathan Hood is available for selection again after recovering from injury. Troy Greening, Callum Sainty and Robbie Patten all remain sidelined though, while Jordan Cotterill is still suspended. The captain’s ban has been reduced however, and he will be eligible for our home fixture against Connah’s Quay Nomads in three weeks’ time.

Speaking this week, Gavin Chesterfield said:

“The boys have trained really well and looked fresh after a deserved rest. It’s a ground we have fond memories at, Bala have strengthened their team since last season but so have we. The game at Jenner Park in August was a tight affair and I expect another tough but exciting encounter”.

Across the Cymru Leagues, this weekend’s fixtures have been chosen as Show Racism the Red Card’s action match gameweek as part of October being their Month of Action 2019, and Barry Town United are hugely proud to support the initiative.

Tickets at Maes Tegid this afternoon will cost £6 for adults, £3 for concessions and £1 for children.

Newtown AFC vs Barry Town United | JD Cymru Premier Preview

It’s a second away game in a row for Barry Town United this afternoon, as we travel to face Newtown AFC in the JD Cymru Premier (kick-off 2:30pm).

Gavin Chesterfield’s side will be aiming to build on last week’s superb 1-0 win over reigning champions TNS, secured by Evan Press’s thunderbolt in the 24th minute. The victory extended our lead at the top of the Cymru Premier table to four points, whilst also maintaining our unbeaten start to the season and 100% away record.

That accomplishment will be put to the test this afternoon though, as Newtown beat Barry in three of the four meetings between the two sides last season – including 2-0 and 3-0 triumphs at today’s venue, Latham Park. There was however a 4-1 victory for Barry at Jenner Park last December, which supporters will remember more fondly, with goals from Macauley Southam-Hales, Drew Fahiya, Luke Cooper and Jordan Cotterill.

Going into today’s meeting, Newtown sit seventh in the Cymru Premier table, having won two, drawn three and lost three of their eight games so far. Last weekend they were defeated 1-0 by Caernarfon Town at The Oval. Chris Hughes’s side are the lowest scorers in the division but do have the fourth best defence, so don’t expect many goals this afternoon – especially considering there hasn’t been more than one in any of Barry’s last five fixtures!

Troy Greening, Jonathan Hood, Robbie Patten and Callum Sainty all remain unavailable due to injury today, although Patten has returned to light training. Jordan Cotterill is still suspended.

Previewing today’s match, Gavin Chesterfield said:

“Newtown have got a really good record at home, they’re a really well coached team and we’ve had some good games against them in the past.

“It’s a really difficult challenge but a challenge we look forward to. We go there full of confidence, we’re eight games in now and five clean sheets is a really positive step and hopefully that will continue.

“The secret to all our success so far, particularly away from home, has been humility, hard work, togetherness and sticking to the game plan. If the lads keep that going, then hopefully we can get something positive.”

Tickets at Latham Park this afternoon will cost £7 for adults, £5 for OAPs, 16-18 year-olds and students, and just £1 for Under 16s.

The New Saints vs Barry Town United | JD Cymru Premier Preview

The top two in the JD Cymru Premier League go head-to-head today as Barry Town United visit The New Saints (kick-off 2:30pm).

TNS held the top spot for 24 hours last weekend as they came from 2-0 down to beat Carmarthen Town 6-2 on the Saturday, but Barry reclaimed pole position on the Sunday as Chris Hugh’s superb solo goal defeated Cefn Druids 1-0. The victory maintained our unbeaten start to the league campaign, something we’ll be hoping to continue this afternoon in addition to our 100% away record, with three wins from three on the road so far.

Of course the challenge ahead of us is a tough one, with Scott Ruscoe’s side the perennial champions of the Welsh top flight, having won the title in each of the last eight seasons. They have lost just once in the Cymru Premier so far in 2019/20 – a 3-1 defeat to Bala Town on matchday two. Since then, TNS have scored 21 goals in five league matches, with two apiece from Aeron Edwards, Greg Draper and Kurtis Byrne seeing them to victory against Carmarthen last weekend. Their most recent fixture though, a Nathaniel MG Cup clash against Bangor City on Tuesday, ended in disappointment, as they lost on penalties to the Cymru North side after a 1-1 draw in normal time.

Our last visit to Park Hall had a dramatic finish, as Jonathan Hood’s 96th minute bullet free-kick back in February secured a 2-2 draw against a TNS side who had won six league games in a row without conceding a goal beforehand. Kayne McLaggon had earlier pulled a goal back from the penalty spot after we went two goals behind. The Oswestry-based side won the other three league meetings between the two clubs last season, as well as beating us in the Welsh Cup semi-finals.

Ahead of this afternoon’s game, Gavin Chesterfield’s attacking options have been boosted by the expected returns of both Jack Compton and Keyon Reffell from injury. Troy Greening and Robbie Patten remain sidelined, while Callum Sainty was stretchered off against Cefn Druids last week and is also unavailable. Jordan Cotterill is suspended.

Tickets at Park Hall for this game will cost £8 for adults, £4 for concessions and £1 for juniors.

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.