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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.

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

After a four-week break in play due to Wales’ firebreak lockdown, we are back in action in the JD Cymru Premier today as we travel to The New Saints (kick-off 5:15pm, live on Sgorio).

Our last game before the firebreak was a 0-0 draw against Connah’s Quay Nomads, with both sides finishing the game with ten men – David Cotterill’s late red card meaning he is suspended for today’s fixture.

We currently sit fourth in the league table, behind the Bala Town, the Nomads and today’s hosts TNS.

Due to their professional status, Scott Ruscoe’s side continued to play during the firebreak and beat Haverfordwest 3-2 before drawing 1-1 with Bala last weekend.

Those results have left them in top spot as they aim to win back the title they lost for the first time in eight years last season.

They have been in imperious form in their quest for glory and are unbeaten in the opening ten games, scoring 32 goals and conceding just five.

TNS won 3-0 at Jenner Park back on the opening weekend of the season, but we travel to Oswestry in the knowledge that our recent record at Park Hall is a good one.

Since our promotion back to the top-flight in 2017, we have lost just once on five visits – and last season took four points from our two trips there.

In phase one, Evan Press’s first half thunderbolt was enough to secure a 1-0 win, while in phase two – in what proved to be our final match before the season was curtailed – we drew 2-2 thanks to an Aeron Edwards own goal in second half stoppage time, having trailed 2-0 at half-time.

Looking ahead to the game, Gavin Chesterfield said:

“It’s great to be back playing. The squad have worked hard over lockdown and we are excited to go to Park Hall. While it is a tough challenge, it is one the lads will relish and try to maintain our good record there in recent times.

“In terms of the squad, some miss out through injury, suspension and an international call up but it’s great to welcome some back from injury also. The game is live on TV and while supporters are sadly unable to be at Park Hall with us we know you’ll be following closely on tv.”

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 and on Sgorio.

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

We’re back in familiar surroundings this afternoon as Jenner Park hosts our JD Cymru Premier encounter with Connah’s Quay Nomads, live on Sgorio (kick-off 5:15pm).

The last week has been demanding for our squad, who were already struggling with multiple injuries, with two away games in the space of five days.  

After fighting hard to earn a 1-1 draw at Newtown last Saturday, we fell to a 4-0 defeat to Bala Town on Wednesday night, ending our six-match unbeaten run.

As the fixture congestion now begins to ease, we hope to find our feet again in the coming weeks, starting with today’s clash against the Nomads.

Andy Morrison’s side were also beaten in midweek, as they lost 1-0 away to The New Saints. Louis Robles’s first half goal proved the difference in Oswestry.

It was Connah’s Quay’s first defeat of the campaign as they aim to defend the title that they won last season, ending TNS’s eight-year streak in the process.

Nomads won all three games against Barry last season, scoring seven goals without reply. Gavin Chesterfield will look to the 2018-19 campaign for happier memories against today’s opponents, when Town remained unbeaten in all four league meetings.

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.  

Bala Town vs Barry Town United | JD Cymru Premier preview

After leaving it late to maintain our unbeaten run away at Newtown on Saturday, we are on the road again tonight as Bala Town play hosts in the JD Cymru Premier (kick-off 7:45pm).

It was Kayne McLaggon’s 50th goal for Barry in the 94th minute that rescued a point for us at Latham Park and made it six games in a row without defeat. James Davies’s lob had given Newtown the lead before Evan Press was brought down in the box in second half stoppage time, and although McLaggon saw the resulting penalty saved, he was on hand to tap in the rebound.

Later that day, live on Sgorio, Bala came from behind to beat Aberystwyth 5-2, Chris Venables standing out as he netted two in the space of four minutes. It was the second time this season that the Lakesiders have scored five one in game, having beaten Penybont 5-1 – Venables again grabbing a brace along with Will Evans. However they did also suffer a surprising 2-1 defeat to newly-promoted Haverfordwest.

Colin Caton’s side have only played five league games so far in 2020/21, the lowest in the division, owing to their European exploits, floodlight failure and bad weather. It means they currently sit fifth in the table with games in hand over the sides above them.

Both meetings between Barry and Bala last season ended level, setting the tone for what is expected to be another even game this evening.

We led twice at Jenner Park at the start of the campaign through Drew Fahiya and Kayne McLaggon but had to settle for a 2-2 draw, while Keyon Reffell provided an equaliser on the stroke of half-time in the return game at Maes Tegid that ended 1-1.

Despite both clubs finishing in the top six, the curtailed season prevented both phase two meetings from taking to place – a trip to Gwynedd was actually next on our fixture list before football came to a halt.

The points-per-game system determined that Bala finished one place above us in third place, and the Lakesiders went on to face Valletta and Standard Liege in the Europa League. Their game in Belgium was the reason tonight’s fixture was moved from its original date in mid-September.

Looking ahead to the game, Gavin Chesterfield said:

“It will be a tough challenge but that’s what we want. We want to make sure we are constantly improving and we know we are going to have to be better than we were against Newtown. It is a tough gig driving up for a night game in midweek, but I’m looking forward to the match. We have had a close rivalry with Bala in the last couple of years so it will be tight.”

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 Maes Tegid, but you will be able to follow this evening’s fixture through live updates on our Twitter page.   

Newtown vs Barry Town United | JD Cymru Premier preview

We travel to Newtown this afternoon for the first of two away games in a row in the JD Cymru Premier (kick-off 2:30pm).

We have won both of our games on the road so far this season, at Flint Town United and Aberystwyth Town, contributing to a five-game winning run that we will be hoping to continue this afternoon.

The latest victory came in midweek against Cardiff Metropolitan University, when David Cotterill’s second half free-kick was just reward for a game in which Barry had several clear-cut goalscoring opportunities but had to settle for a 1-0 win.

Meanwhile, Newtown come into today’s game following two consecutive losses away from home, firstly at Penybont and then at The New Saints on Tuesday night. It was goalless at the break at Park Hall, but two second half goals from Dean Ebbe condemned Chris Hughes’s side to defeat.

Newtown did earn three points in their last home game, and in emphatic style too – they defeated Cefn Druids 4-1 at the end of September. Despite trailing, goals from Ryan Edwards and Neil Mitchell, plus a brace from Nick Rushton, turned the game around.

That does however stand as the club’s only victory in seven Cymru Premier games so far this campaign, placing them ninth in the table ahead of today’s fixtures. With ten goals scored, finding the back of the net has not been a problem, but at the other end, Newtown are yet to keep a clean sheet.

We were victorious at Latham Park last season as first half goals from Sion Spence, Keyon Reffell and Kayne McLaggon proved the difference in a 3-2 win in October that maintained our unbeaten start to the campaign and ensured we remained top of the table. The Robins then defeated us 1-0 on two consecutive weekends at Jenner Park in November and December, first in the league and then in the Welsh Cup. Despite both teams finishing in the top six, the curtailed season meant that there were no phase two meetings between the sides.

Looking ahead to the game, Gavin Chesterfield said:

“You’re definitely at your most vulnerable when you think you’ve got football beat, so we know it’ll be a tough match. Success is built off people who are resilient, hard-working and honest and this group of lads are all those things. Latham Park is a difficult place to go and Newtown are a really good team so we look forward to the challenge and fingers crossed we can keep this run going.”

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

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

Tonight we welcome Cardiff Metropolitan University to Jenner Park as the JD Cymru Premier continues to charge on (kick-off 7:45pm).

This is the first time since we were promoted back to the top-flight three years ago that we will not be facing Cardiff Met in the regular league season in a double header over the Christmas period. To date, the results from those festive fixtures stand at three Barry victories, two wins for the Archers and one draw.

It finished 1-1 at Jenner Park on Boxing Day last year before we won 1-0 at Cyncoed four days later – Mo Touray’s goal securing a place in the top six to ensure we ended 2019 on a high. Cardiff Met would finish the season in seventh place on points-per-game, with the curtailed season denying them the opportunity to achieve European qualification in the play-offs for the second consecutive year. 

Christian Edwards’s side have struggled for form so far in 2020-21, with just one win from six games. That came on the opening weekend in a thrilling 3-2 victory away to Aberystwyth Town, when they trailed twice at Park Avenue but two late goals from Ollie Hulbert secured the three points.

Since then, Cardiff Met have drawn with Haverfordwest and Cefn Druids and lost to The New Saints, Penybont and most recently Caernarfon Town. The Cofis ran out 3-0 winners at Cyncoed in front of the Sgorio cameras on Saturday, as the Students were punished for Eliot Evans’s first half penalty miss.

Meanwhile, Barry head into tonight’s game in search of a fifth win in a row. Fantastic determination and team spirit was shown to achieve the latest victory as we defeated Aberystwyth 2-1 away from home on Saturday. Steff Davies put the Ceredigion side ahead early in the second half, before our task was made even harder by Clayton Green’s red card on the hour mark which rules him out of tonight’s game.

However two goals in three minutes, first from Kayne McLaggon and then Jordan Cotterill, turned the game around and gave us a crucial win. It means that we remain third in the Cymru Premier going into tonight’s fixture.

Looking ahead to the game, Gavin Chesterfield said:

“Cardiff Met are an established Cymru Premier team and I know they’ll be well-coached, well-organised and difficult opponents. We know each other well, so it’ll be a good game. That’s the thing with this league, there’s no easy matches and anyone can beat anyone and that’s what makes it exciting.”

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.   

Aberystwyth Town vs Barry Town United | JD Cymru Premier preview

The games keep on coming thick and fast in the JD Cymru Premier as we travel to Aberystwyth Town this afternoon (kick-off 2:30pm).

It provides us with a good opportunity to put together some momentum and build on our run of three consecutive victories, the latest of which came against newly-promoted Haverfordwest County on Wednesday night.

It was a game which saw David Cotterill net his first Barry goal, a powerful free-kick from distance, to give us a 1-0 lead at half-time, before the Bluebirds came back into the game and equalised after the break through Ben Fawcett’s header. Mike Lewis then made an excellent save to prevent Kieran Lewis from completing the turnaround.

It was Nat Jarvis, also scoring his first goal for the club, who popped up with the winning moment in the 68th minute, nodding home from close range following a great delivery from Chris Hugh. The result lifted us to third in the Cymru Premier table after four games.

Meanwhile, Aberystwyth are winless in two matches, both away from home, most recently suffering a 2-0 defeat to Connah’s Quay Nomads on Wednesday. The game was decided by two first half goals for the reigning Cymru Premier champions, but Andy Morrison was full of praise for the spirit shown by the Seasiders.

They did however win their last home fixture, a 3-1 triumph against Flint Town United. That is the only victory they have to their name so far this campaign, placing them eighth in the table at this early stage. It is a first season at the helm for club legend Gavin Allen, who replaced Matthew Bishop as manager in the summer. Goals have been almost guaranteed in his tenure so far, with Aberystwyth failing to score just once (against Nomads), while they are yet to keep a clean sheet.  

Barry won both meetings between the two sides last season, most memorably just before Christmas when Kayne McLaggon’s second half goal gave us a 1-0 win at Park Avenue. McLaggon had also scored a brace against Aberystwyth earlier in the campaign, helping Barry to a 3-1 victory at Jenner Park along with Clayton Green’s strike. We are actually yet to lose to the Black and Greens since our promotion back to the top-flight in 2017.

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

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.   

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

We travel to Flint Town United this evening for our first away league game of the season, with the fixture live on Sgorio (kick-off 5:45pm).

The Silkmen are back in the JD Cymru Premier for the first time since 1998 after finishing second in the Cymru North last season. They have made a strong start to life back at this level, winning two of their opening three fixtures. Manager Niall McGuinness has coached in the league before with Rhyl, while the club have also used the transfer window to add top-flight experience in shape of Nathan Craig and Wes Baynes.

Craig scored the only goal in Flint’s 1-0 win over Newtown on the opening weekend before they were defeated 3-1 by Aberystwyth six days later. Flint were then in action again on Wednesday night in their rearranged fixture with Cefn Druids, and emerged 2-1 victors at The Rock. It means that they head into today’s game second in the table at this early stage.

Meanwhile, Barry are placed eighth after bouncing back from an opening day defeat to The New Saints with a 3-1 victory over Caernarfon Town at Jenner Park last weekend. After an even opening to the game, Barry took control of proceedings and Kayne McLaggon gave us the lead seven minutes before half-time. After the break, summer signing Curtis McDonald powered in a header from a Jordan Cotterill corner and McLaggon volleyed in his second of the afternoon to wrap up the win. Mike Hayes’s close-range finish proved only a consolation for the Cofis.

This will be our first meeting with Flint since our 2-0 win in the 2013 Welsh Cup quarter-final. Goals from Ryan Evans and Ryan Jenkins secured a place in the last four for the first time in a decade and marked the first ever appearance of a fully-amateur Barry side at the Welsh Cup semi-final stage.

Looking ahead to the game, Gavin Chesterfield said:

“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.”

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 Essity Stadium, but you will be able to follow the game live on S4C and through updates on our Twitter page.