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Barry Town United vs Carmarthen Town | JD Cymru Premier Preview

Barry Town United finish phase one of the JD Cymru Premier season with a home fixture against Carmarthen Town today (kick-off 5:15pm).

Town appeared to have earned a hard-fought 0-0 draw in terrible weather conditions away to Connah’s Quay Nomads last weekend, but Andy Morrison’s side won the game late on through goals from Jamie Insall and Declan Poole. The result leaves Barry in fourth position going into today’s fixture.

Meanwhile, it’s been a difficult campaign for Carmarthen so far, as they currently sit in 11th position with just two wins in 21 games. However Kristian O’Leary’s men are currently on a three-match unbeaten run, having drawn against Airbus and Penybont in their last two games following a 3-2 win over the latter on Boxing Day. Luke Bowen is very much the man in-form for the Old Gold after scoring five goals in those three matches.

A superb long range strike from Clayton Green proved to be the difference between Barry and Carmarthen in the first meeting between the two sides this season as we claimed a 1-0 win at Richmond Park at the end of August. The result was our seventh win in a row against the Old Gold since our return to the top-flight in 2017.

Barry welcome back Kayne McLaggon to today’s squad following suspension, whilst new signing Theo Wharton has received international clearance and could make his debut. There’s good news for Jordan Cotterill and Jonathan Hood who are both back in training. Callum Sainty’s hip operation went well this week but he will miss the next few months recovering, with Keyon Reffell, Robbie Patten and Troy Greening also all sidelined through injury.

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

Eli Phipps joins Penybont on loan

Barry Town United can confirm that Eli Phipps has joined fellow JD Cymru Premier side Penybont on loan until the end of the season.

The striker moved to Jenner Park from Weston-Super-Mare in the summer, but has been limited to just two starts so far this season – at home to Penybont and Newtown in the league. In addition, Phipps has made 13 substitute appearances.

He now makes the loan move down the road to the SDM Glass Stadium and everyone at Barry Town wishes him the very best of luck.

Gavin Chesterfield said:

“Eli is a valued member of our squad, but has found himself lacking playing opportunities of late. His attitude and talent deserve a platform and this loan move to Penybont provides him with a great opportunity to display these qualities. Naturally, I hope it goes well for both parties”.

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

Barry Town United begin 2020 with a trip to Connah’s Quay Nomads this afternoon in the penultimate game of the JD Cymru Premier phase one (kick-off 2:30pm).

Mo Touray’s first goal of the season proved to be decisive last time out in a 1-0 win over Cardiff Met – our first victory at Cyncoed since promotion in 2017. With Cefn Druids losing on the same night, the result also confirmed Barry’s place in the Cymru Premier Championship Conference for the second successive season. Going in to today’s game, we sit fourth in the table on 37 points.

Connah’s Quay meanwhile are six points better off in second place, having won their last three games in a row. A double from Michael Bakare saw them come from behind to beat Bala Town 2-1, before they beat Airbus UK 2-1 and 4-0 in the space of four days over the Christmas period. Andy Morrison’s men currently hold the joint best defensive record in the division, having conceded just 15 goals so far this campaign.

Barry were beaten 4-0 by Connah’s Quay at Jenner Park in the first meeting between the two sides this season, as Michael Wilde and Jamie Insall both grabbed two goals each. However Town were left playing with ten men for much of the game following Jonathan Hood’s red card midway through the first half. Nonetheless, we head to Deeside this afternoon having earned a point in both games there last season – Touray scoring a brace in a 2-2 draw in phase one and Hood netting in the 1-1 stalemate in phase two.

The squad continues to be plighted by injuries at present, as Jordan Cotterill and Jonathan Hood were both forced off over the Christmas period and are ruled out of today’s game. Meanwhile, Kayne McLaggon’s booking in the away game at Cardiff Met meant he reached the limit for yellow cards and is suspended. Callum Sainty, Robbie Patten and Troy Greening remain sidelined. In better news, Jack Compton is set to return to the matchday squad this afternoon, while Drew Fahiya is back from illness. Curtis Watkins may also return.

Tickets at Deeside this afternoon will cost £7 for adults and £3 for concessions.

Cardiff Metropolitan University vs Barry Town United | JD Cymru Premier Preview

Barry Town United’s final game of 2019 comes against Cardiff Metropolitan University this evening, with kick-off at Cyncoed Campus at 7:45pm.

The two sides of course met only four days ago on Boxing Day, playing out a 1-1 draw at Jenner Park. Jordan Cotterill’s first goal of the season put Barry ahead just five minutes into the match as he dispossessed Bradley Woolridge in the middle of the park and finished well past Will Fuller. However Jordan Lam equalised for Met a quarter of an hour later with a curling effort from outside of the box. Neither side could find a winner in the second half as Mike Lewis made a number of good saves and Town had an effort cleared off the line.

This is the third season in a row where we have played Cardiff Met twice in quick succession over the Christmas period. Last year Kayne McLaggon and Jordan Cotterill scored in a 2-1 win at Jenner Park before a 3-0 defeat at Cyncoed – a result Gavin Chesterfield’s side will certainly be hoping to avenge this evening.

Before this year’s Boxing Day game, Met ended a three game winless run in the league by defeating The New Saints 2-1 away from home thanks to goals from Joel Edwards and Will Evans. Christian Edwards’s side are currently eighth in the JD Cymru Premier table, but could end the calendar year in the top six with victory this evening if other results go their way. Town meanwhile currently sit in fourth, and three points would effectively confirm a top six spot with two games of phase one left to play.

Barry suffered a trio of injuries on Boxing Day, as Jordan Cotterill (shoulder), Sion Spence (knee) and Curtis Watkins (ankle) all had to be substituted. All three are unavailable for today’s game, and join Troy Greening, Robbie Patten and Jack Compton on the sidelines. In more positive news, Keyon Reffell and Jonathan Hood are back in contention for selection.

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

“The squad is stretched at the moment but that’s why we carry a squad of players. We are not going to make an issue of the injuries suffered so far, they are unfortunate but it’s part of the game and we have to deal with it. The Boxing Day clash was full of honesty and competitive spirit but was a game that lacked quality in my opinion. We were disappointed in our performance. Whilst our record at Cyncoed Campus isn’t great, it would be nice to sign off a successful decade with a positive outcome in tonight’s game.”

Tickets at Cyncoed this evening cost £6 for adults and £3 for concessions. Children under 10 go free with a paying adult, while it’s £2 for children over 10 with a paying adult.

Aberystwyth Town vs Barry Town United | JD Cymru Premier Preview

Barry Town United are on the road for the first time since mid-November as we travel to face Aberystwyth Town tonight in the JD Cymru Premier (kick-off 7:45pm).

Gavin Chesterfield’s side were beaten 4-1 by The New Saints last Friday, but the scoreline did not reflect the performance as Town matched the league leaders for large parts of the game, but were ultimately beaten by some clinical finishing. Nonetheless, we remain in fifth position in the league – just four points behind Connah’s Quay Nomads in third – and victory tonight would take us one step closer to confirming a top six spot.

Aberystwyth meanwhile currently sit in ninth, having come from behind to defeat Cardiff Met 2-1 last weekend. Geoff Kellaway was the hero for the Black and Greens as his two late goals cancelled out Eliot Evans’s opener at Cyncoed. It secured back-to-back wins for Aber, who beat Cymru North side Ruthin Town 2-1 in the JD Welsh Cup the previous weekend. Kellaway was again on the scoresheet as he put his side 1-0 up early on, but Ian Hughes equalised for Ruthin Town in 89th minute from the penalty spot. However there was late drama as Wes Baynes scored a 30-yard screamer two minutes later to send Aberystwyth through to the fourth round.  

The first meeting between Barry and Aber this season saw Town win 3-1 at Jenner Park in August. An incredible Kayne McLaggon strike gave us the lead before Clayton Green doubled the lead before half-time, and McLaggon’s second goal after the break put the game to bed. There was though time for Paolo Mendes to head in a late consolation for the visitors. Barry are actually yet to lose to Aberystwyth since promotion back to the top-flight two years ago, and Clayton Green’s goal gave us a 1-0 victory in our last visit to Park Avenue in September 2018.

Drew Fahiya and Sion Spence should be back available this evening after illness and injury ruled them out of last week’s game against TNS, but Jack Compton, Robbie Patten and Troy Greening all unfortunately remain sidelined.

Tickets at Park Avenue this evening will cost £8 for adults, £5 for concessions and £2 for children over 11, while under 11s go free.

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 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.”

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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.”

Luke Cummings: “I do score a few like that in training but never in a match!”

There are many ways to score your first goal for your new club, but a first time strike from 25 yards that arrows into the bottom corner isn’t usually one of them. Especially if you’re a defender. But that’s exactly what Luke Cummings did when the ball was played back to him on Friday night, giving Barry a 2-0 lead over Penybont.

“To be fair I shouldn’t have been in that position, I was playing centre half!” Cummings laughed. “But I managed to get in that position and when it got set back to me my first thought was just to hit it and thankfully it went in. I was really pleased.

“I do score a few like that in training but never in a match! Thankfully that one I caught quite sweetly and it went in”.

Clayton Green’s close range finish had put Town in front on the night before Cummings doubled the lead, while Kayne McLaggon wrapped up the 3-0 win in the 89th minute. After three consecutive defeats, it was a hugely important victory.

“It was massive that we got the win,” Cummings said. “After the three defeats we got a bit of stick. I was happy to get the goal but most importantly get the three points and return to winning ways”.

Cummings added that togetherness has been key in getting through a difficult run, as shown by the team huddles before and after every game: “The team spirit is always there. Whether we win or lose, we stick together”.

The 28-year-old was the club’s first signing of last summer when he joined from Carmarthen Town in May. He has instantly cemented his place in the side, making his competitive debut against Cliftonville in the Europa League and starting all 15 league games to date.

“It’s been brilliant so far, the club is fantastic,” Cummings said of his first six months at Jenner Park. “I think I’m in form that I haven’t hit for the last couple of seasons, so it’s been a great move for me. I’m enjoying regular football, it suits me the way we play, and to enjoy your football is massive and that’s certainly what I’m doing at the moment”.

The fixtures keep coming thick and fast, with games in both the Cymru Premier and Welsh Cup against Newtown to look forward to, before encounters with The New Saints, Aberystwyth Town and a double header against Cardiff Metropolitan University round off 2019. Looking ahead to the next few weeks, Cummings said: “This time of year is always busy, but it should be one we enjoy and to get some good results going into Christmas will be massive, especially with the cup game as well. Every year you look for a cup run and this year is no different”.

Barry Town United vs Penybont FC | JD Cymru Premier Preview

Barry Town United begin a run of four successive home games tonight as Penybont make the short trip to Jenner Park, live on Sgorio (kick-off 8pm).

The fixture was originally scheduled for Saturday 12th October but was postponed due to international call-ups. The first meeting between the two sides was the season opener back in August, when Barry came from behind to claim a 2-1 win at the KYMCO Stadium. Kane Owen’s penalty had given the hosts the lead, but an excellent Kayne McLaggon goal and Jonathan Hood’s wonder strike saw Gavin Chesterfield’s side emerge victorious.

Three months on, Penybont currently sit 11th in the JD Cymru Premier table, but have not played for a fortnight after seeing their game against Caernarfon Town last weekend also postponed for international call-ups. Their most recent match though did see them collect just a second league victory of the season, as Keenan Patten’s late goal secured a 2-1 win over Airbus.

Barry meanwhile are in the middle of a difficult run of form, with a third defeat in a row suffered at Cefn Druids last weekend. Town pushed hard for an equaliser after Charley Edge gave the hosts the lead early on, but despite twice hitting the woodwork we couldn’t find a way past the Druids defence. Nonetheless, victory in tonight’s game would see Barry return to second in the table and just three points off leaders Connah’s Quay Nomads.

Having kept a clean sheet for Wales Under-21s against Bosnia-Herzegovina on Tuesday night, George Ratcliffe returns to the squad this evening. However, the yellow card picked up by Luke Cooper against Cefn Druids means he is suspended along with Jonathan Hood. Jack Compton was forced off injured at The Rock and is sidelined. Robbie Patten and Troy Greening remain injured.

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