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Barry Town United vs Caernarfon Town | JD Cymru Premier Preview

Barry Town United welcome Caernarfon Town to Jenner Park in the JD Cymru Premier this afternoon (kick-off 2:30pm).

Storm Dennis caused havoc around the country last weekend, and led to our trip to Newtown being postponed, meaning Gavin Chesterfield’s side are in action today for the first time in two weeks. A fortnight ago, our first fixture of phase two saw Connah’s Quay Nomads walk away from Jenner Park with a 1-0 victory. Michael Wilde’s goal in the fourth minute was all that separated the two sides, as Barry were forced to play the final 50 minutes with ten men following Kayne McLaggon’s red card. The performance merited at least a point as Mo Touray, Chris Hugh and debutant David Cotterill all came close to scoring.  

Meanwhile, Caernarfon are still searching for their first points under new manager Huw Griffiths, who was appointed at the start of the month. His opening two games have ended in defeat as both Bala Town (2-1) and Connah’s Quay (4-0) have claimed victory over the Cofis, who are now on a run of seven games without a win in the league. They sit in sixth, one point behind fifth place Newtown and six behind Barry in fourth, having played a game more than both teams.  

Caernarfon became the first team to beat Barry in the league this season when they claimed a 4-1 victory at the Oval at the start of November. An injury-ravaged Barry side put up a good fight as Kayne McLaggon’s penalty cancelled out Darren Thomas’s opener, but second half goals from Gruffydd John and Nathan Craig, as well as a Curtis Watkins own goal, gave the Cofis the three points. It ended honours even in the most recent Jenner Park meeting between the two sides as a 0-0 draw was played out in September.

The last two weeks have seen both Keyon Reffell and Jack Compton return to training following their respective injuries, while long-term absentee Robbie Patten is also in contention for the matchday squad, having not featured for Barry since August. In addition, Kayne McLaggon’s red card against Connah’s Quay has been overturned, meaning he is eligible to play. Callum Sainty and Troy Greening remain on the sidelines.  

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

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

Phase two of the JD Cymru Premier begins this afternoon as Barry Town United host Connah’s Quay Nomads (kick-off 2:30pm).

Barry ended phase one with an emphatic 7-1 win over Carmarthen Town as Kayne McLaggon, Mo Touray, Luke Cooper, Jack Compton, Clayton Green and Evan Press all got on the score sheet at Jenner Park. Following results last night, we go into our first match of the Championship Conference four points behind Bala Town in third and five clear of Newtown in fifth.

Connah’s Quay meanwhile head into the final ten games of the season in second position, four points behind league leaders The New Saints. They fell to a 2-1 defeat to Scott Ruscoe’s side in the final game of phase one, despite going in front at Park Hall through Michael Wilde’s goal. The Nomads have been in cup action in the last couple of weeks, beating Afan Lido 8-0 in the Welsh Cup fourth round a fortnight ago before winning the Nathaniel MG Cup last Saturday with a 3-0 win over STM Sports.

Both games between Barry and Connah’s Quay so far this season have ended in victory for Andy Morrison’s side – 4-0 at Jenner Park in November and 2-0 at Deeside in early January. Gavin Chesterfield will look to last season for happier memories against today’s opponents, when Barry remained unbeaten in all four league meetings.

Kyle Patten and David Cotterill, who signed for the club on the penultimate day of the transfer window, are both in contention to make their debuts this afternoon. Meanwhile there’s good news for Robbie Patten and Keyon Reffell who are back in training after injury. Jack Compton has unfortunately picked up an injury in the mid-season break, and joins Callum Sainty and Troy Greening on the sidelines.

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

“I’m expecting organisation, quality and experience from Connah’s Quay – everything you expect in a top team. That’s what the top six brings now. It’s relentless week in, week out and you have to show your mettle. So far this season we’ve had some frustrating encounters against them, so it’s important that we bounce back and give a good account of ourselves.”

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

Barry Town United sign David Cotterill

Barry Town United are delighted to announce the signing of former Welsh international David Cotterill subject to international clearance.

The 32-year-old arrives at the club with a wealth of experience, having made over 400 appearances in his professional career. This was largely spent in the top three divisions of the English league system – starting at Bristol City before going on to play for Wigan, Sheffield United, Swansea City, Portsmouth, Barnsley, Doncaster Rovers and Birmingham City. Cotterill then finished his career with a short spell at Indian Super League side ATK in 2018.

Capped by Wales at Under-19 and Under-21 level, the winger made his senior debut in 2005 and played 24 games for the national side, scoring two goals. He was also part of the 23-man squad at the 2016 European Championships.

Having completed the signing, manager Gavin Chesterfield said:

“I’m delighted to welcome David to the club. It’s a boost for all involved with our football club and supporters of Welsh football. This has been something we have talked about for a while but the timing now seems right.

“At only 32 years old, David has a lot to offer on the field and in the changing room. He has shown a desire to be a part of our club and play with Jordan. David started his football at Barry Bluebirds at the age of six and it is great to welcome him back to Barry at this stage of his career.”

Kyle Patten signs for Barry Town United

We’re keeping it in the family this transfer window, as Barry Town United are delighted to confirm the signing of Kyle Patten.

Kyle, the brother of current Barry midfielder Robbie, joins the club from Southern League side Merthyr Town, where he has spent the last five years.

Patten played in both the Cardiff City and Newport County academies, signing a professional deal with the Exiles in September 2014. In the same month, he headed out on to Bath City on loan.

Another loan spell to Merthyr would follow in January 2015, before his Football League debut for Newport came as a substitute against Dagenham & Redbridge three months later. That summer, Patten midfielder joined Merthyr on a permanent deal.

Now the 25-year-old makes the switch to Jenner Park having scored in his final game for the Martyrs on Tuesday night against Hayes & Yeading.

Gavin Chesterfield said:

“Kyle is a versatile player who can play in both defence and midfield. He comes with a good pedigree and background both with Cardiff and Newport. He has shown a real desire to want to play for our football club and I’m delighted to have him with us.”

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.