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Dates of remaining phase one fixtures confirmed

The dates of our remaining six fixtures of phase one of the 2020/21 JD Cymru Premier season have been confirmed by the FAW.

We resume on Saturday 6 March away to Cefn Druids, before back to back home games against Penybont and Aberystwyth Town. We then make the short trip for the reverse fixture against Penybont.

There is then an 11-day break in our schedule, with our final two matches of phase one seeing us host Bala Town and travel to Cardiff Metropolitan University.

Due to Welsh Government and FAW guidelines, all fixtures will be played behind closed doors until further notice.

All fixtures are subject to change.

‘Elite Status’ reinstated for JD Cymru Premier

The Football Association of Wales has today (Tuesday 23 February) confirmed that ‘elite status’ will be reinstated for the JD Cymru Premier, allowing the league to resume on March 6.

A statement from the FAW read:

The Football Association of Wales has been informed by the National Sport Group (NSG) that the JD Cymru Premier and the Orchard Welsh Premier Women’s League have had their ‘Elite Status’ reinstated with immediate effect. 

Although the country remains at Alert Level 4 of the Welsh Government Control Plan, clubs in these leagues can prepare for the resumption of fixtures under the FAW’s strict Return to Play COVID-19 protocols.  

At this current time, and taking into account the continuing public health crisis, JD Cymru North and JD Cymru South have not had their ‘Elite Status’ reinstated by the NSG whilst the country remains at Alert Level 4.  

As a consequence, with the exemption of those clubs with professionals who cannot carry out their work from home, Tier 2 clubs are not permitted to return until the country either enters Alert Level 3 or the NSG grant ‘Elite Status’ to the leagues; whichever comes first. 

The NSG includes representation from Sport Wales, Welsh Sports Association, Welsh Government and Commonwealth Games Wales to consider the ‘Elite Status’ designation.  

Confirmation of the rescheduled fixtures for the JD Cymru Premier and the Orchard Welsh Premier Women’s League will be announced in due course on CymruFootball.Wales.

The FAW continues to encourage that everyone follows the Welsh Government guidelines to limit the spread of COVID-19.

Everyone at Barry Town United is naturally delighted to be returning to action and we are looking forward to resuming the campaign. We hope that the next step will be to welcome supporters back to grounds in a safe manner. UP THE TOWN!

Barry Town United vs Cefn Druids | JD Cymru Premier Preview

We are hoping to return to winning ways this afternoon as Cefn Druids visit Jenner Park in the JD Cymru Premier (kick-off 2:30pm).

It has been a difficult couple of games on the road for Barry, with defeat coming to Haverfordwest County on Wednesday evening.

The Bluebirds were 2-1 winners at the Bridge Meadow Stadium, with Ben Fawcett scoring either side of Josh Graham’s first goal for the Town. Curtis McDonald was sent off for two bookable offences and will therefore miss this afternoon’s game.  

It will be good to get back to familiar surroundings, as we have not lost at Jenner Park since the opening day against The New Saints, and were 6-3 winners against Flint Town United in our last match on home turf.

Cefn Druids travel to South Wales in good form, having won their last two games to rise from bottom of the Cymru Premier table to ninth position.

The Ancients came from behind to beat Flint 2-1 on Tuesday night, as goals from Alex Darlington and Iwan Cartwright cancelled out Richie Foulkes’s opener.

Portuguese boss Bruno Lopes is in his first season in charge at The Rock, having previously coached in the USA and Singapore. Last season, the 36-year-old was Under-23s head coach at Portuguese Primeira Liga side Portimonense, and also had a spell as caretaker manager of the first team.

We have won our last two home games against Cefn Druids, with Chris Hugh’s superb solo goal proving decisive in a 1-0 victory last season. The year before, we came from behind to win 2-1, as Mo Touray’s 92nd minute goal secured all three points.

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.

Haverfordwest County vs Barry Town United | JD Cymru Premier Preview

We travel to Haverfordwest County in the JD Cymru Premier this evening (kick-off 7:45pm), aiming to bounce back from defeat to Caernarfon Town on Saturday.

We were beaten 2-0 at The Oval at the weekend – playing the final 37 minutes of the game with ten men following Luke Cooper’s red card, which means he will miss this evening’s game.

We are now fifth in the table ahead of the trip to the Bridge Meadow Stadium and are eager to return to winning ways.

Haverfordwest currently sit in seventh, and will have their sights set on finishing in the top six in their first season back in the top-flight.

They come into tonight’s game off the back of two consecutive matches against Cefn Druids – drawing 1-1 at the Bridge Meadow Stadium before losing 4-1 at The Rock four days ago.

Wayne Jones’s side will therefore feel they have a point to prove this evening as they seek only a second home win of the campaign.

We were 2-1 winners when the Bluebirds visited Jenner Park in another midweek clash at the end of September.

David Cotterill’s first half free-kick gave us the lead before Ben Fawcett equalised with a header after the break, but Nat Jarvis’s first goal in yellow and blue gave us all three points.

Our last visit to the Bridge Meadow Stadium came in the first round of last season’s Nathaniel MG Cup, when Haverfordwest were victors on a penalty shoot-out following a 1-1 draw in 120 minutes.

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 the Bridge Meadow Stadium, but you will be able to follow this afternoon’s fixture through live updates on our Twitter page.

Caernarfon Town vs Barry Town United | JD Cymru Premier Preview

We’re in North Wales this afternoon to face Caernarfon Town in the first of two away games in a row in the JD Cymru Premier (kick-off 2:30pm).  

We returned to winning ways last weekend with a 6-3 victory over Flint Town United. Jordan Cotterill, Sam Bowen, Kayne McLaggon, Luke Cooper and Nat Jarvis all got on the scoresheet in a nine-goal thriller at Jenner Park as we showed a clinical edge to see off the Silkmen.

The result has left us fourth in the Cymru Premier table, with games in hand over every other team in the top half apart from Penybont.  

Caernarfon currently sit in eighth, having beaten bottom of the table Cefn Druids 2-1 on Tuesday evening courtesy of goals from Cai Jones and Mike Hayes.

It was a first win in eight games for Huw Griffith’s side, who have conceded the second highest number of goals in the division but at the other end of the pitch have failed to score in just two of their games this season, so they remain a constant threat.

This will be our first trip to The Oval in over a year, as although both teams finished in the top six in 2019-20, the curtailment of the campaign due to coronavirus meant that we never travelled to Caernarfon in phase two.  

We will be looking to make amends for a 4-1 defeat in Gwynedd in November 2019, and can take confidence from our 3-1 win at Jenner Park earlier this season. A brace from Kayne McLaggon and a bullet header from Curtis McDonald gave us a three goal lead, before Mike Hayes’s finish proved only to be a consolation for the Canaries.

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 The Oval, but you will be able to follow this afternoon’s fixture through live updates on our Twitter page.

Barry Town United vs Flint Town United | JD Cymru Premier Preview

Credit: Will Cheshire

We are back at Jenner Park this afternoon as we kick off a busy festive fixture list against Flint Town United in the JD Cymru Premier (kick-off 2:30pm).

The first of six games over the next three weeks, we host The Silkmen after travelling to their near-neighbours Connah’s Quay Nomads last weekend.

Jordan Cotterill put us 1-0 up early on at Deeside, but the Nomads equalised almost straight away and went on to win 3-1. Plenty of promise was shown from Town, but ultimately the champions showed their clinical edge and came out on top.

Nonetheless, we remain fourth in the Cymru Premier table and will be looking to kick on this afternoon after a tricky period.

Flint, promoted from the Cymru North last season, currently sit second from bottom in the standings, having won just one of their last 10 games, losing the other nine. Niall McGuinness’s side are the only team in the division yet to draw a game this season.  

They also lost to Connah’s Quay Nomads in their most recent fixture, suffering a 2-0 defeat to Andy Morrison’s side on Tuesday evening.

We won 1-0 on our trip to the Essity Stadium earlier in the season as Kayne McLaggon’s second half penalty proved decisive in a tight game in front of the Sgorio cameras.

Our most recent meeting with Flint before that was the 2013 Welsh Cup quarter-final, when we were 2-0 victors and secured a place in the last four for the first time in a decade. It marked the first ever appearance of a fully-amateur Barry side at the Welsh Cup semi-final stage.

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.

Welsh Blood Service teams up with FAW’s Cymru Leagues & WPWL urging supporters to save lives

The Welsh Blood Service has partnered with the FAW’s JD Cymru Leagues and Orchard Welsh Premier Women’s League to launch a brand-new campaign to encourage domestic football fans to donate blood.

Through its ‘Blood, Sweat and Cheers’ campaign, clubs are being encouraged by the Welsh Blood Service to engage with their supporters and local communities to promote the importance of giving blood and signing up football fans to save thousands of lives. The campaign has received support from former Wales midfielder Owain Tudur Jones and Wales forward Natasha Harding.

Every single day the Welsh Blood Service needs to collect 350 blood donations to supply hospitals with enough blood for patients.

Blood and its by-products play a vital role in saving lives each day, with donations helping accident victims, patients having a kidney, liver or an organ transplant, pregnant women, leukaemia and cancer patients, someone about to undergo open heart surgery and premature babies who cannot survive without a blood transfusion. 

The Welsh Blood Service collects 100,000 blood donations each year from roughly 70,000 volunteer donors. In its new role as the official community partner of the FAW’s Cymru Leagues and Welsh Premier Women’s League*, the Welsh Blood Service is hoping the ‘Blood, Sweat and Cheers’ campaign will help the organisation with its goal of signing 11,000 new blood donors in 2020.

Although the pandemic has temporarily stopped football fans from attending games, clubs are asking supporters to cheer their team on by making a potentially lifesaving blood donation instead. Giving blood is considered an essential service, and donation sessions have continued across Wales throughout the pandemic with additional safety measures introduced to meet Welsh Government guidance for donors attending.

Professor Donna Mead, chair of Velindre University NHS Trust, said: “This is a brilliant result for the Welsh Blood Service. These football clubs have a huge connection with their local communities and we really hope that our ‘Blood, Sweat and Cheers’ campaign will inspire fans to drop into a local donation centre.

“Additional measures have been introduced to ensure we can maintain our high levels of safety during the pandemic, from introducing new venues that meet the latest social distancing guidelines to introducing PPE requirements for staff and donor safety at session.

“Every single blood donation has the power to save up to three lives and there are plenty of upcoming donation fixtures that football fans can play a part in.”

Stephen Williams, Chairman of the National Leagues Board, said: “The Welsh Blood Service is our first community partner for the JD Cymru Leagues and Orchard Welsh Premier Women’s League and we’re delighted to have made such an important signing. In each and every community across Wales there are people whose lives have been supported by blood donation and we’re calling on football fans to get involved and be lifesaving champions. 

“We know football clubs across all levels of the game are often at the heart of their communities and during what continues to be a difficult time for all, we are grateful to provide clubs and fans an opportunity to play an important role for their club when many clubs aren’t currently playing.”

With around 1,600 donation sessions at 400 different venues across Wales every year, there are plenty of opportunities for fans to find their nearest session and make a difference. Anyone aged between 17 and 66 can enrol online and become a donor. From start to finish, the process of donating takes just less than one hour, with the actual blood donation lasting only five to ten minutes.

The Welsh Blood Service has introduced a new function on its website which will allow fans from clubs across Wales to click on their club’s emblem and view a list of upcoming donation centres local to them. To learn more about those sessions or donating blood, visit wbs.wales/football and enter your postcode to find all donation sessions in your area.

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

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.

Barry Town United vs Newtown | JD Cymru Premier Preview

After a narrow defeat away to The New Saints last weekend, we’re back on home turf this afternoon as Newtown travel to Jenner Park in the JD Cymru Premier (kick-off 2:30pm, live on Sgorio).

We trailed 2-0 at Park Hall before Nat Jarvis’s close range finish halved the deficit, but we couldn’t quite find an equaliser late on despite a flurry of chances and a couple of penalty appeals.

Nonetheless, it was an encouraging performance after not playing for four weeks and the team are now aiming to return to winning ways against Chris Hughes’s Robins.

It has been a tricky season for Newtown so far, with just two wins to their name from 10 games. However they were victorious last weekend, as they defeated Flint Town United 3-2 despite twice going behind. They turned the game around with Nick Rushton’s equaliser in the 67th minute before Tyrone Ofori popped up with the winning goal less than two minutes later.  

That result has left the mid-Walians ninth in the table, two points off the top six – which they have qualified for in each of the last two seasons.

Newtown won on two consecutive weekends at Jenner Park last season, firstly in the league and then in the Welsh Cup. In our most recent meeting just a month ago, Kayne McLaggon’s 94th-minute goal rescued a point in a 1-1 draw at Latham Park after James Davies had given the Robins the lead.

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 on Sgorio.

Confirmation of six rearranged fixtures

The FAW has today confirmed the rescheduling of a number of the remaining Phase One JD Cymru Premier fixtures, including six games we are involved with. These are:

Haverfordwest County vs Barry Town | NEW DATE: Tuesday 8 December (7:45pm)

Caernarfon vs Barry Town | NEW DATE: Saturday 12 December (2:30pm)

Barry Town vs Penybont | NEW DATE: Tuesday 22 December (7:45pm)

Cefn Druids vs Barry Town | NEW DATE: Saturday 16 January (2:30pm)

Barry Town vs Bala Town | NEW DATE: Saturday 30 January (2:30pm)

Cardiff Metropolitan University vs Barry Town | NEW DATE: Saturday 6 February (TBC)

Our full set of 2020-21 fixtures and results can be found here.