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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.  

Penybont vs Barry Town United | JD Cymru Premier Preview

It is a second consecutive away game in the JD Cymru Premier for Town this evening as we make the short trip to Penybont (kick-off 7:45pm).

Lassana Mendes scored the only goal of the game as we were beaten 1-0 by Bala Town on Saturday afternoon, but there was no lack of hunger or effort from the Barry team at Maes Tegid and a win seems only around the corner.

However, the weekend’s result does now leave us nine points behind Bala in third, meaning it is looking increasingly likely that we will compete in the end of season playoffs for European qualification.

The same fate seems to await Penybont, who moved into fourth spot on Saturday as they won 2-0 against Caernarfon Town.

Kostya Georgievsky opened the scoring for Bont in the first half, before Nathan Wood made the three points safe as he struck in second half stoppage time.

We of course only played Rhys Griffiths’s side at home a week ago, as a thrilling encounter ended 3-3.

Goals from Jamie Bird, Kayne McLaggon and David Cotterill put us 3-1 up at halftime, but Penybont fought back after the break and earned a 3-3 draw.

Kane Owen’s penalty was decisive in a 1-0 win for Bont on our visit to the SDM Glass Stadium earlier this season, but we have fonder memories of our short trip west in 2019/20 as a Jon Hood wonder goal secured a 2-1 victory on the opening day of the campaign.

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

Bala Town vs Barry Town United | JD Cymru Premier Preview

A trip to Bala Town this afternoon will see us make it to the halfway stage of this season’s JD Cymru Premier Championship Conference (kick-off 2:30pm).

We were disappointed to only take a point from our encounter with Penybont on Tuesday night. Goals from Jamie Bird, Kayne McLaggon and David Cotterill put us 3-1 up at halftime, but Rhys Griffiths’s men fought back after the break and earned a 3-3 draw.

The result kept us fourth and one point ahead of fifth-place Penybont in the Cymru Premier table, while we are eight points behind Bala in third.

The playoffs are looking an increasingly likely prospect for Town, but a win at Maes Tegid this afternoon would set up an interesting final five fixtures.

Bala were beaten by a pair of late goals against Connah’s Quay Nomads in midweek, as Declan Poole and George Horan struck in the 86th and 89th minutes respectively to secure a 2-0 win for the reigning champions.  

It means that Colin Caton’s side have won two and lost two of their four Championship Conference matches so far, as they aim to qualify for Europe for the seventh time in nine years.

Our two meetings with Bala in phase one this season were both high-scoring affairs.

In October, an injury-ravaged Barry squad travelled to Maes Tegid and were beaten 4-0 with Chris Venables scoring a first half hat-trick.

However revenge was enacted in emphatic fashion when the Lakesiders visited Jenner Park last month. Despite conceding within the first 90 seconds, we fought back to claim a sensational 6-2 win as Kayne McLaggon, Evan Press, Chris Hugh and Curtis Hutson all got on the scoresheet.

Speaking after the draw with Penybont, Gavin Chesterfield said:

“The one thing we will never do is feel sorry for ourselves. The trip to Bala is a tough game, but a challenge we look forward to. I know for a fact the lads are hurting tonight, because they feel this draw is like a loss. I’m with them on that, but they’ll be ready to respond on Saturday.”

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

Barry Town United vs Penybont | JD Cymru Premier Preview

The battle for European football continues to hot up in the JD Cymru Premier Championship Conference as we host Penybont this evening (kick-off 7:45pm).

Just one point separates the two sides in the table ahead of the game: we are fourth with 39 points, while the Bont sit fifth with 38.

Both teams lost 1-0 in closely-fought matches against the two title chasers on Saturday.

We were beaten away at Connah’s Quay Nomads, as a first half header from Michael Wilde proved decisive on a pitch that Gavin Chesterfield described as “like playing on the moon”.

Mike Lewis also saved a penalty from Callum Morris, and after a resilient second half performance from Barry that yielded a number of chances, we left Deeside mightily disappointed not to have earned a point.

Meanwhile, Louis Robles struck just after halftime as Penybont were defeated by The New Saints at Park Hall.

It leaves both Barry and Penybont eager to return to winning ways, having each claimed victory in the first round of phase two fixtures before losing the last two.

Tonight is the third instalment of the Five Mile Lane Derby this season, with Rhys Griffiths’s men emerging as narrow 1-0 winners in both previous encounters.

A belting strike from Sam Snaith gave Penybont all three points at Jenner Park last month before Kane Owen’s penalty proved decisive a week later.

We have fonder memories of the Bridgend outfit’s visit to Jenner last season, as goals from Clayton Green, Luke Cummings and Kayne McLaggon secured a 3-0 victory.

Looking ahead to the game, Gavin Chesterfield said:

“They’re all tough games in phase two. Penybont are having a really good season, but the hope is we show that fight, intensity and desire we did in the second half at Connah’s Quay and then add in a bit of quality. We’re looking 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.

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

The games keep coming thick and fast in the JD Cymru Premier Championship Conference as we travel to Connah’s Quay Nomads today (kick-off 5:15pm).

Our three-game winning run came to an end on Tuesday night, as The New Saints turned on the style at Jenner Park and claimed a 6-0 victory.

It was a clinical showing from Anthony Limbrick’s men and we will be keen to respond with an improved display today.

Reigning champions Connah’s Quay Nomads are locked in a battle for the title with TNS, only trailing the Oswestry side on goal difference.

The Nomads registered an emphatic victory of their own in midweek, as they beat Caernarfon Town 6-1 thanks to a stellar second half performance.

Andy Morrison’s side have now won 13 of their last 15 matches, with Penybont the only team to take points off them during that time.

Before that, the last time they dropped points was in a closely-fought 0-0 draw at Jenner Park in October. It was a game that showed we were able to compete with the league’s very best.

Our trip to Deeside in phase one was also a tight affair, as Jordan Cotterill gave us the lead early on but the Nomads battled back to win 3-1.

Speaking after Tuesday’s game, Gavin Chesterfield said:

“We’ll recover well, see how the boys respond and look forward to the challenge on Saturday. You’ll find out a lot about my team this week and my team will find out a lot about me as well. It’s certainly not nice shipping six goals at home and being that passive. But sport is there to challenge you and this is undoubtedly a challenge that we must rise to.”

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.

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

We will be looking to continue our winning start to the Championship Conference in the JD Cymru Premier when we return to Jenner Park to host The New Saints this evening (kick-off 7:45pm).

The last two weeks have seen Town secure successive victories away from home thanks to late goals – Evan Press smashed home in the 90th minute to defeat Cardiff Met at the end of phase one, before Curtis Hutson popped up in the 92nd minute against Caernarfon Town on Saturday to ensure we started phase two with three points.

Add in a 6-2 victory over Bala Town in our last game at Jenner Park, and we are on a run of three straight victories – a streak we aim to continue tonight.

Our form means that we sit fourth in the Cymru Premier table, just three points behind Bala as the race for European football hots up.

Meanwhile, TNS are locked in a race for the league title as always and currently sit top of the table, but are only ahead of Connah’s Quay Nomads only goal difference.

Former Woking boss Anthony Limbrick was appointed as the club’s new manager 11 days ago and has been entrusted to win the trophy back from Andy Morrison’s side.

Limbrick oversaw a 1-0 win over Bala in his first game in charge on Saturday thanks to Ryan Brobbel’s early goal.

It means that TNS have a winning streak of their own to protect – the Oswestry-based side have triumphed in their last four matches.

We were beaten in both of our phase one meetings with The Saints earlier this season, but have only lost once against them in three phase two meetings since our promotion 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 Jenner Park, but you will be able to follow this evening’s fixture through live updates on our Twitter page.

Caernarfon Town vs Barry Town United | JD Cymru Premier Preview

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We begin phase two of the JD Cymru Premier this afternoon with a trip to Caernarfon Town (kick-off 2:30pm).

We head into the Championship Conference with plenty of confidence and momentum thanks to two consecutive wins at the end of phase one. After a superb 6-2 win over Bala Town at Jenner Park, we travelled to Cardiff Metropolitan University on Easter Friday and claimed a 2-1 victory.

Nat Jarvis opened the scoring at Cyncoed just after halftime before Emlyn Lewis equalised two minutes later, but Evan Press popped up with the winning strike in the 90th minute – his third goal in two games.

It means that we begin phase two in fourth place, six points behind Bala – knowing that third place will secure an automatic European spot this season after the cancellation of the JD Welsh Cup.

Caernarfon were beaten 4-1 by The New Saints on Easter Friday – Mike Parker being sent off to add to their woes – but they still qualified for the Championship Conference in sixth place due to Haverfordwest County’s loss to Penybont.

A great run of form earned the Cofis the right to play in the top six, as they were on an eight-game unbeaten run before their defeat at Park Hall. This is the third successive season since their promotion in 2018 that they can call themselves a top half team.

Goals in the last ten minutes from Jack Kenny and Sam Jones earned a 2-0 win for Caernarfon when we visited The Oval in December, but we had been victorious at Jenner Park three months earlier as a Kayne McLaggon brace and bullet header from Curtis McDonald secured a 3-1 win.

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.