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

Gavin Chesterfield takes charge of a record-breaking 491st game as the Barry Town United manager this weekend as we host Connah’s Quay Nomads in the JD Welsh Premier League.

Chesterfield breaks Basil Bright’s record of 490 games in charge thereby making him the longest-serving manager in our 109-year history. To celebrate the occasion and Gavin’s achievements during his 14-year tenure as manager, there will be music, face painting and a bouncy castle at Jenner Park amongst other celebrations this Saturday.

Similarly, the club will be inviting supporters to attend the 14:30 kick-off free of charge for the landmark occasion. 

We face The Nomads on the back of a 4-game unbeaten run, including a comprehensive 4-1 win away at Cefn Druids and a 3-2 win at home to Haverfordwest. In both the afore mentioned games, midfielder Clayton Green was able to lead us to victory with a brace and his outstanding performances have led to him being named JD Cymru Premier League player of the month for August. 

We face tough opposition on the weekend, however, in a Nomads side that have been league champions the previous two seasons and are unbeaten so far this season. Looking ahead to the fixture, Chesterfield noted that the game will be a ‘tough challenge’ but, with the support of the home crowd, hopes we can continue our good start to the season with another positive result.

A big turnout will be appreciated by everyone at the club to celebrate the achievements of Gavin and the team during his time in charge.

Barry Town United vs Bala Town | JD Cymru Premier Preview

Jenner Park hosts JD Cymru Premier football for the first time this season as Bala Town visit South Wales today, live on Sgorio (kick-off 5:15pm).

Gavin Chesterfield felt hard done as he saw his side lose 2-1 at Aberystwyth Town last weekend, conceding a 90th-minute free-kick scored by Mathew Jones at Park Avenue. Marcus Day had put Barry ahead after 23 minutes before Sam Phillips equalised just before halftime, with both goalkeepers making a number of good saves in an evenly-matched game.

The travelling support was fantastic in West Wales and we are now looking forward to welcoming fans back to Jenner Park for a Cymru Premier fixture for the first time since February 2020.

Bala began their league campaign with a 2-2 draw at home to Penybont last weekend. Summer signing and former Welsh international Dave Edwards got on the scoresheet so will be one to lookout for today, but Chris Venables was sent off late on so will not be available for Colin Caton to select.

The Lakesiders’ visit to Jenner Park in phase one last season ended in an emphatic 6-2 win for Barry, one of our best performances of the campaign. Kayne McLaggon and Evan Press both netted twice, while Chris Hugh and Curtis Hutson also got on the scoresheet on an entertaining afternoon.

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

“We know Bala are a good team and have done very well in the league over a number of years. We’ve had a number of good games against them – and some not so good! But it’s the type of game we need to get up for now. We’ll lick our wounds from last weekend, focus on the positives and give it our all.”

You can purchase tickets for this afternoon’s game online by clicking here, while they will also be available to buy on the gate. Prices as follows: £8 for adults, £6 for students and senior citizens, £5 for 3-16 year olds.

Aberystwyth Town vs Barry Town United | JD Cymru Premier Preview

Our Cymru Premier campaign gets underway this afternoon as we travel to face Aberystwyth Town at Park Avenue (kick-off 2:30pm).

With supporters back in stadiums around Wales, the beginning of the new season is hugely exciting and we will be aiming to improve upon our fifth-place finish in 2020/21.

A 5-0 win against Llanelli Town in the second round of the Nathaniel MG Cup last weekend was the perfect way to mark the return of competitive football, as debutant Marcus Day grabbed a brace and Luke Cooper, Kayne McLaggon and Theo Wharton also got on the scoresheet.

Aberystwyth also progressed in the cup a week ago, beating Penybont on penalties after a 1-1 draw in 90 minutes.

There has been a change in the dugout at Park Avenue this summer, with former assistant manager Antonio Corbisiero replacing Gavin Allen. The 36-year-old has been busy refining his squad for the new campaign, bringing in Sam Phillips, Alex Darlington, Owen Orford and Gregor Zabret in the hope of building on the club’s 10th-place finish last term.

Since our promotion back to the top flight in 2017, we are yet to lose to the Seasiders and showed fantastic spirit to win both meetings with them in last season. Goals from Kayne McLaggon and Jordan Cotterill helped 10-man Barry come from behind to claim a 2-1 victory at Park Avenue, while Nat Jarvis netted an 87-minute winner in a 1-0 triumph at Jenner Park.

We can’t wait to be backed by your fantastic travelling support after so long without it. Tickets at Park Avenue are as follows: Adults = £7 for Adults; Concessions = £4; Under 16s = Free. You will be required to fill out a Covid questionnaire upon arrival at the stadium.

Watch Kayne McLaggon’s interview in the build up to the game.

2021-22 JD Cymru Premier fixtures revealed!

The fixtures for phase one of the 2021-22 JD Cymru Premier season have been confirmed.

We begin the campaign away to Aberystwyth Town on Saturday 14 August, before our first home game at Jenner Park comes against Bala Town on Saturday 21 August.

There are midweek fixtures scheduled at various points in phase one and we are set to play Haverfordwest County and Cardiff Metropolitan University home and away under the floodlights.

The Christmas period sees us travel to Penybont on Boxing Day before Rhys Griffith’s side make the return trip to Jenner Park on New Year’s Day.

Phase one will then be concluded on Saturday 12 February as we host Caernarfon Town.

View the whole phase one fixture list here.

Barry Town United vs Caernarfon Town | JD Cymru Premier Playoff Preview

This afternoon we host Caernarfon Town in the semi-final of the JD Cymru Premier European playoffs (kick-off 5:30pm).

The winner of the tie will go on to play Penybont or Newtown in the final next weekend for the right to represent Wales in the Europa Conference League next season.

It was of course only last week that Caernarfon last visited Jenner Park for the final game of the regular season – the fourth time we had played them across the campaign and the third time we claimed victory.

The Gwynedd outfit led at the break through Darren Thomas, but a dominant second half showing from Barry turned the game around as David Cotterill, Rhys Kavanagh and Jordan Cotterill all got on the scoresheet before Thomas grabbed a late consolation for it to finish 3-2.

After a tricky phase two period, it was important that we ended on a high and took confidence into today’s game, while it was particularly pleasing to see Kavanagh net his first goal for the club having looked dangerous ever since signing in January.

We last competed in the playoffs in 2018, when we were beaten 4-1 away at Cardiff Metropolitan University in our first season back in the top flight. However, this will be the first time that Jenner Park has hosted a playoff game.

Caernarfon, who are aiming to qualify for Europe for the first time in their history, were beaten playoff semi-finalists in 2019.

Huw Griffith’s side only confirmed their place in this season’s Championship Conference in the last game of phase one, but they have proved their worth by taking points off The New Saints and Bala Town in the last month. It will certainly be a tight and entertaining encounter this afternoon.

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

“We’ve played Caernarfon four times already this season and we probably know the majority of things about each other. Huw will probably say the same. Last Saturday we showed a good intensity, work ethic and character. That’s really pleasing for me because there wasn’t too much riding on the game.

“This Saturday is obviously a hell of a lot different. It’s great to be at home and our record here is very good which we’re very proud of. But we know we’re up against a good team, so it’s a game to look forward to. It certainly wets the appetite.”

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 afternoon’s fixture through live updates on our Twitter page and watch live on Sgorio.   

JD Cymru Premier playoff details confirmed

Following our 3-2 win over Caernarfon Town on Saturday afternoon, our fifth place finish in the JD Cymru Premier has been confirmed.

This means that we will compete in the playoffs for a spot in the Europa Conference League. Our semi-final will be played at Jenner Park against Caernarfon Town on Saturday 22nd May at 5:30pm.

We continue to campaign for the right for supporters to attend the fixture as part of the Welsh Government’s pilot testing events, but the match will be shown live on Sgorio and you will be able follow live updates on Twitter.

The winner of the tie will face Penybont or Newtown in the final, with the team who places higher in the table receiving home advantage.

The winner of that game will enter the 2020/21 Europa Conference League in the first qualifying round.

Barry Town United vs Caernarfon Town | JD Cymru Premier Preview

It is our final game of the regular JD Cymru Premier season this afternoon as we host Caernarfon Town (kick-off 12pm).

All eyes will be on the title fight between Connah’s Quay Nomads and The New Saints, but today’s match at Jenner Park is a dress rehearsal for the European playoff semi-final.

Barry and Caernarfon will meet again next weekend, with the winner progressing to the final against either Penybont or Newtown to decide who will be the fourth team representing Wales in continental competition next season. Barring a six-goal Caernarfon win this afternoon, that semi-final will also be played at Jenner Park.

Town were beaten 3-0 away at TNS last weekend, but Gavin Chesterfield was keen to take the positives from Park Hall, as his side proved a good match for the title challengers in the first half.

It was also good to see Callum Sainty and Josh Graham make their returns from injury and we hope to continue bringing bodies back ahead of next weekend.

Caernarfon were beaten 4-0 by Connah’s Quay in their last outing, a result made worse by Lewis Brass’s second half red card which means the goalkeeper is suspended for today’s game and next weekend.

This is the third successive season since their promotion to the top flight that the Gwynedd side have competed in the Championship Conference and now they are aiming to qualify for Europe for the first time.

We won three points against Caernarfon in dramatic style in our last meeting, as Curtis Hutson’s 91st-minute goal secured a 1-0 win at The Oval at the start of phase two.

Huw Griffith’s men last made the trip to Jenner Park back in September, when a brace from Kayne McLaggon and a bullet header from Curtis McDonald help us to a 3-1 victory.

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

“Caernarfon are a good team, Huw will have them organised. We’ve had some good games with them this season already and I’m looking forward to the match. But it’s after that that really matters and that stimulus of the playoffs is good for our players. It’s an exciting time.”

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

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

This afternoon we play our final away game of the regular JD Cymru Premier season as we travel to The New Saints (kick-off 2:30pm).

It is our second fixture against a title-chasing side in the space of five days following a 2-1 defeat to Connah’s Quay Nomads on Tuesday night.

We deservedly took the lead midway through the second half against Andy Morrison’s side as Theo Wharton scored his first goal for the club from a tight angle.

However, the game turned nine minutes later when the Nomads were awarded a penalty in the box. The decision was a baffling one, as Jamie Bird had appeared to make a perfectly clean tackle in the box on Declan Poole. Callum Morris put the spot-kick away and then Craig Curran completed the turnaround less than two minutes later.

Despite the result, it was a strong performance that provided Gavin Chesterfield with plenty of encouragement ahead of these final two league fixtures and the European playoffs.

Also on Tuesday, TNS ran out convincing 3-0 winners against Penybont thanks to second half goals from Ben Clark, Ryan Brobbel and Leo Smith.

It was a first victory in four games for Anthony Limbrick’s side and kept them two points behind the Nomads in the race for the title.  

TNS’s dreams of regaining the trophy would be over if they drop points this afternoon and their rivals at Deeside beat Caernarfon Town.

The Oswestry outfit have won all three of their games against Barry so far this season, but we have taken a point from Park Hall on our phase two visits there in both of the last two years.

On both occasions we came from two goals down to draw 2-2. In 2018/19, Jon Hood’s sensational free-kick in the 96th-minute levelled the affair, while there was also late drama last year as Luke Cooper bundled home in the 92nd-minute.

Speaking after Tuesday night’s defeat, Gavin Chesterfield said:

“Saturday will be another tough game for us. But it’s important that we keep our performance level from tonight for the spirit of competition, for the integrity of the league and to try to build some form going into the playoffs.

“Park Hall is a tough place to go, but we’ve arguably got a better record than most other teams there over the last couple of years. I hope we turn up with a good performance again and translate that into a good 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 Park Hall, but you will be able to follow this afternoon’s fixture through live updates on our Twitter page.

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

Tonight is our penultimate home game of the regular JD Cymru Premier season as Connah’s Quay Nomads visit Jenner Park (kick-off 7:45pm).

We suffered a 4-1 defeat to Bala Town on Saturday afternoon, which leaves us fifth in the table with three matches remaining.

It has been a difficult period for us results-wise, but performances have remained encouraging and our aim is to now finish the campaign as strongly as possible in preparation for the European playoffs.

Nomads make the trip south hoping to take a step towards a second successive league title. Andy Morrison’s side currently sit two points ahead of The New Saints.

The race for top spot is set to go down to the wire, and the two teams played out a 0-0 draw at Deeside on Saturday that made deciding the destination of the trophy no easier.

That followed Nomads’ 2-1 defeat to Bala Town – only their third loss of the campaign – and they have not gone three games without a win all season.

However all three of our matches against Connah’s Quay so far in 2020/21 have been closely-fought encounters.

A 0-0 stalemate was played out at Jenner Park in October, before Nomads came from behind to win 3-1 at Deeside the following month.

When we returned to Flintshire in April, Michael Wilde’s first half header proved the difference as the hosts won 1-0 but Barry were unlucky not to take at least a point after several second half chances.  

Looking ahead to the game, Gavin Chesterfield said:

“It’s a tough week for us. We had Bala last weekend who qualified for Europe, Nomads are pushing for the title and the same for TNS on Saturday. It doesn’t get any harder than that in the Cymru Premier, but they’re great challenges.

“We’re down at the moment, but I feel as if we’re getting somewhere that we need to be and there’s lots to like about our performances. With a little bit more care and quality in the final third, we’ve got lots to offer and can be a match for anyone.”

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 the fixture through live updates on our Twitter page and watch the action live on Sgorio’s Facebook and YouTube pages, as well as S4C Clic.  

Barry Town United vs Bala Town | JD Cymru Premier Preview

After two away games, we return to Jenner Park on Saturday afternoon to host Bala Town in the JD Cymru Premier (kick-off 2:30pm).

We suffered a disappointing 2-0 defeat to Penybont on Tuesday night, as goals from Nathan Wood and Kane Owen gave the Bridgend outfit all three points.

It means that we go into Saturday’s match fifth in the Cymru Premier table five points behind Bont, and we are now keen to finish the regular league season as well as possible as we prepare for the European playoffs.

Bala will confirm their place in the Europa Conference League on Saturday afternoon if they equal or better Penybont’s result against Caernarfon Town. It would be the seventh time in nine years that they have qualified for continental competition.

Colin Caton’s men produced a surprise 2-1 win over reigning champions and league leaders Connah’s Quay Nomads on Wednesday night. George Horan scored an own goal in the first half before Henry Jones doubled Bala’s lead in the second, with Callum Morris pulling one back for Nomads from the penalty spot. Centre-back Nathan Peate was sent off for the Lakesiders.

Of course it was only last weekend that we travelled up to Maes Tegid, where a tightly-contested encounter ended 1-0 to Bala thanks to a second half Lassana Mendes goal.

However, the Lakesiders have only won on one of their last four visits to Jenner Park. Their trip to south Wales in phase one this season was particularly memorable for Barry as goals from Kayne McLaggon, Evan Press, Chris Hugh and Curtis Hutson secured a sensational 6-2 win.

Due to a Welsh Government and FAW ruling, games must currently be played behind-closed-doors until stated otherwise and your support will be hugely missed at Jenner Park.

While we appreciate the importance of social media in a time where supporters are sadly not allowed in stadiums, this weekend we are joining all other JD Cymru Premier clubs, the Football Association of Wales and the wider football community in boycotting all platforms.

This means that we will not be providing updates for Saturday’s game, but we feel it is important to take this stand, show our support and send a clear message.

Please follow Y Clwb Pêl-Droed and the Cymru Leagues website and app for updates during the match.