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Barry Town United vs Haverfordwest County | JD Cymru Premier preview

We’re back at home this evening for our first of three consecutive midweek fixtures as Haverfordwest County travel to Jenner Park in the JD Cymru Premier (kick-off 7:45pm).

Kayne McLaggon’s penalty on his 100th appearance for the club secured all three points for Barry in the 1-0 win over Flint Town United on Saturday, as Mike Lewis won the man of the match award for numerous impressive saves and his first clean sheet of the season. It was a second victory in a row following our last fixture at Jenner Park when we defeated Caernarfon Town 3-1. By the end of the weekend, we were fourth in the table at this early stage.

Having faced last year’s promotion-winners from the Cymru North, Barry now come up against the side who have come up from the Cymru South – Haverfordwest. Under the stewardship of Wayne Jones, the Bluebirds are back in the top-flight for the first time since relegation in 2016. They are yet to win in three games, drawing against Cardiff Met and Newtown before suffering a 4-1 defeat to reigning champions Connah’s Quay Nomads at the weekend. Sean Pemberton’s goal had got Haverfordwest level at the break, but Andy Morrison’s side took control in the second half.

There have been many meetings between Barry and Haverfordwest over the years, but this will be the first Cymru Premier fixture involving the two sides since December 2003, when Haverfordwest won 2-0. The last competitive meeting came in the second round of the Nathaniel MG Cup last season when Haverfordwest were victors on a penalty shoot-out following a 1-1 draw in 120 minutes.

Looking ahead to the game, Gavin Chesterfield said:

“Following a good win on the road it’s great to be back at Jenner Park for what is the start of a busy period of football. I was delighted to grind out the win in difficult conditions away at Flint and I’m excited by the game tonight between two games that like to play. Haverfordwest have made a solid start to life in the Cymru Premier and we look forward to the challenge.”

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 evening’s fixture through live updates on our Twitter page.   

Haverfordwest County vs Barry Town United | Nathaniel MG Cup Preview

This Saturday we return to competitive action for the first time since our Europa League adventure as we travel to Haverfordwest County AFC in the second round of the Nathaniel MG Cup. Kick-off is 2:30pm at the Bridge Meadow Stadium.

Gavin Chesterfield has been busy in the transfer market this summer, bringing in six new players. Jack Compton and Luke Cummings have already made their debuts for the club against Cliftonville, while Callum Sainty is back for his second spell at Jenner Park. But this weekend could see competitive debuts handed to George Ratcliffe, Eli Phipps and Keyon Reffell.

Phipps and Reffell scored one goal each in the 2-0 win over STM Sports at the end of July, while the former also netted in the thrilling 6-3 victory against Pontypridd Town along with Jordan Cotterill, Kayne McLaggon, Jon Hood and Drew Fahiya. Our third and final pre-season fixture ended in a 2-1 defeat to a Swansea Under-23 side, but it was not without a trademark wonder goal from Hood, whose goal against Pontypridd was also nothing short of spectacular.

Haverfordwest meanwhile have faced Camarthen Town (3-1 win), Penrhyncoch FC (2-0), Goodwick United (3-1 win) and Cardiff City Under 23s (4-3 defeat) in friendlies in preparation for today’s game and their upcoming JD Cymru South campaign. 2019/20 will be their fourth successive season in the second tier following relegation from the JD Welsh Premier League in 2016.

Appointed as manager last September, Wayne Jones is in his second spell in charge of The Bluebirds and led them to a third place finish in the Welsh Football League Division One last season. They also reached the quarter-finals of the Nathaniel MG Cup and round four of the Welsh Cup.

Gavin Chesterfield of course also spent a couple of months at the Haverfordwest helm in 2010, and commented ahead of this weekend’s game:

“Haverfordwest will have designs on getting back into the JD Cymru Premier next year so I know they’ll be competitive. I know Wayne well and I know he’ll have them well-organised.

“They’ve made some good signings themselves in pre-season, but it’s chance for us to get rid of pre-season if you like and start the games in earnest. I know that will bring the best out of the lads.

“I expect it to be a difficult game. It’s a cup game so anything can happen, but it’s a game that we approach with excitement, enthusiasm and a high level of humbleness”.