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Gavin Chesterfield: “I’m really happy with the hunger the lads have shown”

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Gavin Chesterfield has been encouraged by what he has seen in Barry’s first two games of the season.

“I won’t look at the league table until we’re ten games in as a minimum, that’s something I’ve always done,” he says. “But there’s been some really pleasing things that we can build on.”

The phrase ‘a game of two halves’ was personified when Barry hosted The New Saints on the opening weekend. Chesterfield’s team matched last season’s Cymru Premier runners-up in the opening period, but conceded three goals after the break to lose the match.  

“I was delighted with the first 45 minutes against TNS but really disappointed with the second 45 minutes,” Chesterfield admits. “Before we knew it the game had got away from us and we came away with a disappointing result.”

A 3-1 win over Caernarfon Town last weekend was the perfect response, as two goals from Kayne McLaggon and a bullet header from summer signing Curtis McDonald secured all three points.

“The lads trained really last week and took that into Saturday’s game,” Chesterfield says. We’re delighted with the result and to score three goals – we potentially could have scored one or two more as well.

“I’m really happy with the hunger the lads have shown and their work ethic, particularly out of possession. That will stand us in good stead if we keep that mentality.”

As well as McDonald’s goal, Nat Jarvis made his league debut against Caernarfon, while fellow new arrivals Curtis Hutson and Mikey George have impressed in both games so far. When asked about the impact of the summer signings, Chesterfield was full of praise:

“I thought Nat was a right handful on Saturday. He’s a strong runner, has genuine quality and will score goals. I thought he was unlucky not to score against Caernarfon to be honest, but his contribution to the team performance was excellent.

“The same goes for Curtis [McDonald]. He’s great for the changing room and brings a level of calmness at the back. He’ll only get better as he adapts to the way we play. Obviously it’s a great header to score following a really good delivery by Jordan, and to Curt’s credit he adds that threat from set-pieces.

“The rest of the guys we’ve brought in have been great too. Curtis [Hutson] performed really well against TNS and was probably a bit unlucky not to start again against Caernarfon. His mentality and teamwork has been excellent, and it’s the same with Mikey. It’s a long old season ahead and everyone will have a role to play.”

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Due to an FAW and Welsh Government ruling, all Cymru Premier games are currently being played without fans in attendance, and Chesterfield admits that this has been difficult to get used to.

“At our level it arguably affects us more because we know our supporters by name,” he says. “We share relationships with them and they’re an essential part of this football club – always have been, always will be. We miss them like crazy. From a financial perspective it’s difficult for the club as well, so I can’t wait to welcome people back into stadiums in a safe manner.

“It has definitely affected the atmosphere at games and probably in some ways made football less emotional and a bit more sanitised. It feels like a friendly at times, so as a coach and as players, it is important that we remember that we’re playing for three points and these results and performances matter.”

Next up for Barry is a first away game of the season as we travel to newly-promoted Flint Town United on Saturday (5:45pm), live on Sgorio. Chesterfield suggests that a tough 90 minutes is in store:

“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.”

Saturday’s game will be our first meeting with Flint since the Welsh Cup quarter-final in 2013, when Barry won 2-0 to progress to the semi-finals for the first time in a decade. Chesterfield was happy to reminisce about the victory:

“I’ve got very good memories of that day! While we lost the semi-final, that quarter-final was a really important part of our rebirth as club. If I remember rightly, Ryan Evans scored a free-kick and then Ryan Jenkins made it 2-0 with a breakaway goal, it was a fantastic day.

“It’ll be a different challenge this time though and I’m excited by what lies ahead.”

Barry Town United vs Caernarfon Town | JD Cymru Premier preview

It is a second home game in a row to start the 2020/21 JD Cymru Premier season for Barry Town United, as Caernarfon Town visit Jenner Park this afternoon (kick-off 2:30pm).

The New Saints came to South Wales last weekend and emerged 3-0 victors, with all the goals coming in the second half following a bright first period from Barry.

Caernarfon were also at home a week ago, drawing 1-1 with Penybont. They were then in action again in midweek, winning 3-2 away at Newtown. The Cofis twice trailed at Latham Park, but Noah Edwards’ goal in the 79th minute secured all three points. It means that Huw Griffiths’ side begin this afternoon’s game second in the table, only behind leaders Aberystwyth Town (who have played one game more) on goals scored.

Both of the Jenner Park games between Barry and Caernarfon last season ended level – a 0-0 stalemate in phase one followed by a 1-1 draw in phase two when Mo Touray’s opener was quickly cancelled out by Darren Thomas. An injury-ravaged Barry side lost 4-1 away from home in phase one, but didn’t get the chance to make amends at the Oval due to the season being cut short because of the coronavirus pandemic. The points-per-game model saw the Cofis finish the campaign in fifth, one place below Barry.

Looking ahead to the game, Gavin Chesterfield said:

“Whilst we were disappointed with the result last week there was much to like about our performance; particularly in the first half. It’s important we respond with another strong performance and hopefully a result this week. Caernarfon are a good, honest and hard-working bunch of lads who have players that carry a threat but we feel that we are getting stronger and that new relationships and understandings are developing with each session.”

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.   

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

We begin our 2020/21 JD Cymru Premier campaign this afternoon by hosting The New Saints (kick-off 2:30pm).

It is just over three weeks since our Europa League defeat to NSI Runavík, and the squad have been eager ever since to right the wrongs from the Faroe Islands. Friendlies against AFC Bitton, Swansea City Under 23s and Haverfordwest have proved excellent preparation for the season ahead.

A week after our Europa League exit, The New Saints were in action in the competition’s first qualifying round, and beat Slovakian side MSK Zilina 3-1 at home after extra-time to set up an away trip to B36 Torshavn of the Faroe Islands in the second qualifying round.

That fixture is in three days’ time, but for now their focus will be on the Cymru Premier as they look to regain top spot in the table. It is the first time since 2011 that the Oswestry outfit will not begin the season as title holders after Connah’s Quay Nomads were declared champions on a points-per-game basis in May when the decision was taken to curtail the league due to the coronavirus pandemic.  

Of the four meetings between these two sides last season, TNS won two, Barry won one and there was one draw. Both of Scott Ruscoe’s side’s victories came at Jenner Park, while both of our trips to Park Hall were ones to remember. In phase one, Evan Press’s first goal for the club – a bullet strike from outside of the box – secured a 1-0 win. Then in what proved to be our final game before lockdown, we drew 2-2 thanks to an Aeron Edwards own goal in second half stoppage time, having trailed 2-0 at half-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.    

Looking ahead to the game, Gavin Chesterfield said:

“The first game of the season is always exciting as all teams embark upon a new adventure. However, this year the emotions are slightly different as I didn’t expect the season to start in September. Regardless as a club we are determined to attack the season and be as competitive as ever. TNS will be formidable opponents but we have prepared well and as always we are excited by the challenge.”

2020/21 JD Cymru Premier Phase One fixtures released!

The new JD Cymru Premier campaign is just 15 days away and we are pleased to reveal our Phase One fixtures for 2020/21.

We start the season by hosting last year’s runners-up The New Saints at 2:30pm on Saturday 12 September, and are back at Jenner Park a week later against Caernarfon Town.

Our first away trip of the campaign was originally scheduled to come on Wednesday 16 September at Bala Town, but due to the Lakesiders’ involvement in the UEFA Europa League, that fixture has been moved to Tuesday 13 October. Instead, newly-promoted Flint Town United will be the first team we visit on our travels on Saturday 26 September.

Due to the delayed start of the campaign, that away game at Maes Tegid is one of three midweek fixtures scheduled early on the season – we’ll also face Haverfordwest County and Cardiff Met University, both at Jenner Park, under the floodlights.

The Christmas period is always an exciting one for football, and this season we face a double header against Penybont on Boxing Day and Tuesday 29 December. As the calendar then changes to 2021, there are three games to round off Phase One, starting with Haverfordwest away on New Year’s Day and concluding with the short trip to Cardiff Met on Friday 29 January.

As always, all fixtures remain subject to change and may be moved for television broadcast. As previously confirmed, games will be played behind-closed-doors until declared otherwise by the Welsh Government and the FAW. This is a decision we are disappointed by, but one that is out of the club’s hands.

Barry Town United Supporters Update | August 27

As you will have read, the JD Cymru Premier 2020/21 season will start on the weekend of September 12, under the FAW’s Return to Play Protocol.

This means that the opening matches will be played behind closed doors, with registered participants on and off the pitch following the Return to Play rules.

Although we hope we will quickly reach a point where fans can attend, we don’t know when this will happen, as it is in the hands of Welsh Government and the FAW.  We have made our views clear and, along with all other Cymru Premier clubs, lobbied to delay a return to play until supporters are welcomed back but unfortunately this decision has been taken out of Cymru Premier Clubs hands. 

Our only hope is that you, our 12th man, will return to the stands very soon and we will of course keep you updated on any updates we receive. 

In these circumstances, we obviously cannot sell season tickets as we normally would. Club membership from 2019-20 will remain valid until our Annual General Meeting, which we hope to hold soon at the Clubhouse, subject to the standard restrictions. Details will be announced shortly.

We are very grateful to members of the Vice Presidents Club who have continued to contribute over the past six months when there have been no games taking place. Again, membership will soon re-open for the new season for those who pay on an annual basis.

Even though matches are behind closed doors, we intend to publish a hard-copy programme for our home games. However, these will be limited in numbers. As in previous seasons, we will have a programme subscription scheme for fans to reserve copies for the whole season.

Barry Town shirt sponsors for the 2019-20 season will be able to collect their shirt from the club on Thursday 3 September and Saturday 5 September. Shirt sponsorship for the new 2020-21 season will be available this weekend.

A big thank you to everybody who has pre-purchased a new 2020-21 shirt. They will be with us soon, and can be collected or sent to you as ordered. We can’t wait to see your names embedded in the shirt! 

The Clubhouse is open every evening of the week from 4pm, showing the latest live sport, so please join us for a drink.

Last, but not least, a big thank you to Mark Hollis, who is stepping down this summer from his role as Membership Coordinator. Mark has been invaluable in organising membership, coordinating supporter travel and running the reserved programme scheme since we re-joined the Cymru Premier, and we all really appreciate his hard work.

Up the Town!

Club Statement: May 19

The safety of players and fans has always been our first concern, and we support the decision to bring the 2019-20 season to a close at this time.

We congratulate Connah’s Quay Nomads on their JD Cymru Premier title win. They have been a formidable side this season.

The FAW has taken the same approach as other countries, such as the Netherlands, Cyprus and Luxembourg in nominating clubs for Europe based upon their position in the league, the best indicator of sporting merit over the course of a season.

As we were fourth in the JD Cymru Premier, we are pleased to be nominated for a Europa League place in 2020-21.

With this season formally over, we will start our preparation for the new season in the hope that we will be able to defeat the virus, and play competitive football once it is safe to do so.

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

The JD Cymru Premier resumes tonight as Barry Town United travel to Park Hall to face The New Saints live on Sgorio (kick-off 8pm).

It has been a difficult start to phase two for the reigning champions, with defeats to Newtown and Connah’s Quay Nomads either side of a 1-1 draw with Bala Town leaving Scott Ruscoe’s side four points behind league leaders the Nomads. If they fail to win this evening, it would be the first time in 14 years that TNS will have gone four league games without a victory. However, they did return to winning ways in the JD Welsh Cup last weekend with a 6-1 win over Newtown, as four goals from Dean Ebbe saw them progress to the semi-finals.

Meanwhile, Barry’s last outing was a 1-1 draw with Caernarfon Town at Jenner Park a fortnight ago. Mo Touray capitalised on a defensive mistake to give us the lead just after the hour mark, but the Cofis equalised almost instantly when Darren Thomas scored from close range. It means that we go into tonight’s game in fourth place, seven points off Bala in third but with a game in hand.

The last meeting between Barry and TNS ended 4-1 to the Saints at Jenner Park in December, however Gavin Chesterfield’s side are unbeaten in their last two visits to Park Hall. Evan Press’ thunderbolt and some heroic defending secured a 1-0 victory in Oswestry earlier this season, whilst a 96th minute free-kick from Jonathan Hood rescued a 2-2 draw one year ago.

David Cotterill has unfortunately been ruled out on tonight’s game with a hamstring problem, whilst Clayton Green remains suspended after reaching the limit for number of yellow cards received. Callum Sainty and Troy Greening remain injured, but Robbie Patten, Jack Compton and Keyon Reffell all returned to the matchday squad against Caernarfon a fortnight ago and will hope to be involved again tonight.

Tickets at Park Hall for this game will cost £8 for adults, £4 for concessions and £1 for juniors.

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.”