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Gavin Chesterfield: “I’m really happy with the hunger the lads have shown”

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Gavin Chesterfield has been encouraged by what he has seen in Barry’s first two games of the season.

“I won’t look at the league table until we’re ten games in as a minimum, that’s something I’ve always done,” he says. “But there’s been some really pleasing things that we can build on.”

The phrase ‘a game of two halves’ was personified when Barry hosted The New Saints on the opening weekend. Chesterfield’s team matched last season’s Cymru Premier runners-up in the opening period, but conceded three goals after the break to lose the match.  

“I was delighted with the first 45 minutes against TNS but really disappointed with the second 45 minutes,” Chesterfield admits. “Before we knew it the game had got away from us and we came away with a disappointing result.”

A 3-1 win over Caernarfon Town last weekend was the perfect response, as two goals from Kayne McLaggon and a bullet header from summer signing Curtis McDonald secured all three points.

“The lads trained really last week and took that into Saturday’s game,” Chesterfield says. We’re delighted with the result and to score three goals – we potentially could have scored one or two more as well.

“I’m really happy with the hunger the lads have shown and their work ethic, particularly out of possession. That will stand us in good stead if we keep that mentality.”

As well as McDonald’s goal, Nat Jarvis made his league debut against Caernarfon, while fellow new arrivals Curtis Hutson and Mikey George have impressed in both games so far. When asked about the impact of the summer signings, Chesterfield was full of praise:

“I thought Nat was a right handful on Saturday. He’s a strong runner, has genuine quality and will score goals. I thought he was unlucky not to score against Caernarfon to be honest, but his contribution to the team performance was excellent.

“The same goes for Curtis [McDonald]. He’s great for the changing room and brings a level of calmness at the back. He’ll only get better as he adapts to the way we play. Obviously it’s a great header to score following a really good delivery by Jordan, and to Curt’s credit he adds that threat from set-pieces.

“The rest of the guys we’ve brought in have been great too. Curtis [Hutson] performed really well against TNS and was probably a bit unlucky not to start again against Caernarfon. His mentality and teamwork has been excellent, and it’s the same with Mikey. It’s a long old season ahead and everyone will have a role to play.”

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Due to an FAW and Welsh Government ruling, all Cymru Premier games are currently being played without fans in attendance, and Chesterfield admits that this has been difficult to get used to.

“At our level it arguably affects us more because we know our supporters by name,” he says. “We share relationships with them and they’re an essential part of this football club – always have been, always will be. We miss them like crazy. From a financial perspective it’s difficult for the club as well, so I can’t wait to welcome people back into stadiums in a safe manner.

“It has definitely affected the atmosphere at games and probably in some ways made football less emotional and a bit more sanitised. It feels like a friendly at times, so as a coach and as players, it is important that we remember that we’re playing for three points and these results and performances matter.”

Next up for Barry is a first away game of the season as we travel to newly-promoted Flint Town United on Saturday (5:45pm), live on Sgorio. Chesterfield suggests that a tough 90 minutes is in store:

“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.”

Saturday’s game will be our first meeting with Flint since the Welsh Cup quarter-final in 2013, when Barry won 2-0 to progress to the semi-finals for the first time in a decade. Chesterfield was happy to reminisce about the victory:

“I’ve got very good memories of that day! While we lost the semi-final, that quarter-final was a really important part of our rebirth as club. If I remember rightly, Ryan Evans scored a free-kick and then Ryan Jenkins made it 2-0 with a breakaway goal, it was a fantastic day.

“It’ll be a different challenge this time though and I’m excited by what lies ahead.”

Gavin Chesterfield reacts to Europa League exit

Watch below as manager Gavin Chesterfield speaks to Olly Allen following our 5-1 defeat to NSI Runavik in the UEFA Europa League.

Gavin Chesterfield: “We’ll go there with plenty of excitement and anticipation”

Yesterday we learnt our opponents for this year’s preliminary round of the UEFA Europa League, as it was confirmed that we would be facing an away tie against NSI Runavik of the Faroe Islands on Thursday 20th August.

Speaking after the draw, manager Gavin Chesterfield admitted that the excitement was now fully kicking in after finding out who Town would be coming up against:

“It was great watching it on the livestream surrounded by people who are central to the football club and great also to see our name up there again.

“Excitement is the overriding feeling. It’s a proper European experience really, a chance to visit a country that I haven’t been to before and I doubt any of our players have been to before.

“It will be difficult because they’re in-season at the moment, so will be in fine fettle in terms of fitness, but we certainly go there with plenty of excitement and anticipation.”

It is, of course, the club’s second consecutive season in the Europa League preliminary round, and Chesterfield hopes to use last year’s defeat to Cliftonville to his advantage in ten days time:

“Last year we were well prepared and had done our homework, but went to Northern Ireland a bit wide-eyed. But there’s no doubt in my mind that what happened last year will stand us in good stead this time around.

“This year we’ll go into the game with a bit more experience, especially experience of how to deal with big occasions, and that will be key.”

However the tie is slightly different this time around. With the coronavirus pandemic condensing the football calendar, the winner will be decided over a singular leg, rather than the usual two. Yet Chesterfield felt as if this may suit his side better:

“The fact that it’s a one-legged affair makes things different to our experience last year, but we’ll still aim to represent ourselves and Wales to the best of our ability.

“It will be very similar to the knockout cup format that we’re used to domestically. We have much more experience playing ties with one leg rather than two, so that’s a good thing as far as I’m concerned.

“We’ll go there well-prepared and confident.”

The squad have been back in training since mid-July and have played two friendlies so far against Connah’s Quay Nomads and The New Saints, with Chesterfield pleased with how the build-up has gone so far:

“There’s a great feel-good factor in the camp. The friendlies we’ve had so far have been really good preparation and the lads’ mentality and attitude has been fantastic. They returned from the break in good shape and so far everything has gone quite well.

“Focus is the most important thing now. Those behind the scenes at the club will take care of the logistical challenges, so it’s down to myself, my staff and the squad to be the best prepared we can on the pitch.”

Gavin Chesterfield agrees contract extension

Barry Town United are delighted to announce that manager Gavin Chesterfield has agreed a new two year contract at the football club.

2020/21 will be Chesterfield’s 14th season in charge of the team, having first joined in the summer of 2007. Since then he has taken charge of exactly 450 games and become synonymous with Barry Town United.

Chesterfield won promotion from Welsh League Division Two in his first season at the helm and helped stabilise the club in the second tier. When the club were withdrawn from the league by a previous owner in 2013, Chesterfield and the Barry Town Supporters Committee fought to ensure the club’s survival and continued existence. Having won a court case, Chesterfield then guided the team to three promotions in four years, ensuring a return to the top-flight in 2017.

The revival was complete in 2019 when the club finished third in the Welsh Premier League, qualifying for European football for the first time in 16 years, something which would again be achieved this year with a fourth place finish. Chesterfield’s tenure has also included an appearance in the Welsh League Cup final in 2017 and two Welsh Cup semi-finals in 2013 and 2019.

Upon signing his new contract, Chesterfield said:

“Firstly, I want to thank the board for their continued support and belief. I’m genuinely honoured to sign a new deal with the club. Going into my 14th season we have grown immeasurably together. The future looks exciting both on and off the field and I’m proud to be a part of it.”

Vote for your 2019-20 Edgar’s Gift Champagne Moment

It may not have finished in the way that anyone expected, but the 2019-20 season still produced many fantastic memories.

Now it’s your chance to vote for your Edgar’s Gift Champagne Moment from the campaign, from a shortlist created by Gavin Chesterfield.

The nominations are…

Jon Hood winning goal vs Penybont

The season got off to the perfect start as we came from behind to beat Penybont 2-1 away from home. Kayne McLaggon had earlier cancelled out Kane Owen’s penalty, before the winning goal was a trademark ‘tap-in’ from Jon Hood. The midfielder smashed home a sensational volley first time when the ball dropped to him on the edge of the box.

Evan Press winning goal vs TNS

We were still unbeaten by the time we visited TNS in late September, and Evan Press’s first goal for the club in the first half kept that run going. The teenager collected the ball on the edge of the box and hammered it into the back of the net. Some excellent and defending and goalkeeping kept the reigning champions at bay at the other end, and we came away with a 1-0 victory.

‘Luke Cooper’ equaliser vs TNS

We returned to Park Hall in March, and once again left with smiles on our faces. After trailing 2-0, Luke Cummings’s goal got us back in the game, before an equaliser came in injury time when a corner was delivered into the box. Luke Cooper ran away claiming it, but whether he got a touch is another matter! Nonetheless, it sparked wild scenes of celebration and proved to be our last goal of the campaign.


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Catch up with Gavin Chesterfield on Zoom

Barry Town United manager Gavin Chesterfield will host a Zoom call for supporters at 7:30pm on Tuesday 26th May.

It will give you the chance to catch up with Gav, discuss the 2019/20 season, ask any questions you may have or just talk football!

This is intended as an informal chat for club supporters only, and you’ll be able to join the call on Tuesday evening by clicking the link below.

Zoom meeting link: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/71112389263?pwd=UzQyUkd1NitpRkwzMnRMMXJYcldXdz09

Meeting ID: 711 1238 9263

Password: 3uW4dG

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

The JD Cymru Premier resumes tonight as Barry Town United travel to Park Hall to face The New Saints live on Sgorio (kick-off 8pm).

It has been a difficult start to phase two for the reigning champions, with defeats to Newtown and Connah’s Quay Nomads either side of a 1-1 draw with Bala Town leaving Scott Ruscoe’s side four points behind league leaders the Nomads. If they fail to win this evening, it would be the first time in 14 years that TNS will have gone four league games without a victory. However, they did return to winning ways in the JD Welsh Cup last weekend with a 6-1 win over Newtown, as four goals from Dean Ebbe saw them progress to the semi-finals.

Meanwhile, Barry’s last outing was a 1-1 draw with Caernarfon Town at Jenner Park a fortnight ago. Mo Touray capitalised on a defensive mistake to give us the lead just after the hour mark, but the Cofis equalised almost instantly when Darren Thomas scored from close range. It means that we go into tonight’s game in fourth place, seven points off Bala in third but with a game in hand.

The last meeting between Barry and TNS ended 4-1 to the Saints at Jenner Park in December, however Gavin Chesterfield’s side are unbeaten in their last two visits to Park Hall. Evan Press’ thunderbolt and some heroic defending secured a 1-0 victory in Oswestry earlier this season, whilst a 96th minute free-kick from Jonathan Hood rescued a 2-2 draw one year ago.

David Cotterill has unfortunately been ruled out on tonight’s game with a hamstring problem, whilst Clayton Green remains suspended after reaching the limit for number of yellow cards received. Callum Sainty and Troy Greening remain injured, but Robbie Patten, Jack Compton and Keyon Reffell all returned to the matchday squad against Caernarfon a fortnight ago and will hope to be involved again tonight.

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

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.