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.”
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.
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.”
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
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.
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.”
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.”