Tag: JD Cymru Premier

Barry Town United vs Aberystwyth Town| JD Cymru Premier | Match Preview

Aberystwyth Town visit Jenner Park this Saturday as we look to secure back-to-back league wins for the first time since August.

Gavin Chesterfield and our players come into this game full of confidence following a triumphant 2-1 victory at Caernarfon last weekend. After a difficult period in early October, positive results against Bala Town, Pontypridd Town and, as previously mentioned, Caernarfon have really got us back on track. In particular, Kayne Mclaggon’s goals (7 in his last 4 matches) have been crucial in bringing about a change in fortune of late and his outstanding performances have in fact earnt our skipper the JD Cymru Premier Player of the Month award.

The Seasiders currently find themselves just one place above the bottom of the JD Cymru Premier League with a total of 9 points from their opening 11 fixtures. In the reverse fixture on the opening day of the season, Aberystwyth took the 3 points after a late free-kick flew into the back of the Barry net earning the Seasiders a 2-1 win. With just one win in their last 5 games (a 1-0 win against Cefn Druids in mid-October), the trip to Barry offers Aberystwyth a chance to gain some vital points as we enter the second half of the first phase of the league season.

This Saturday’s fixture gives us an opportunity to begin to build some momentum after what Chesterfield described as a ‘good week’ last week, and a win could see us move into the top half of the table, so it’s certainly all to play for.

Caernarfon Town vs Barry Town United| JD Cymru Premier | Match Preview

After Tuesday night’s triumphant 7-1 victory, this Saturday we travel to The Oval to face a Caernarfon Town side that sit just one place above us in the JD Cymru Premier League table.

Following a somewhat difficult period for the Town in late September, there has been a marked improvement in results and performances of late. In particular, the goals of captain Kayne Mclaggon have been influential in our change of fortunes. Indeed, A brace from our number 7 at Bala Town last weekend saw us secure a 3-3 draw having been 3-1 down at half-time. Similarly, in our Nathaniel MG Cup quarter-final against Pontypridd Town on Tuesday night, Mclaggon bagged himself a hat-trick which helped us on our way to an emphatic 7-1 victory at Jenner Park.

Having lost their last two league games, the Canaries will be eager to use this Saturday’s fixture as an opportunity to gain some much-needed form. Currently, both sides find themselves in the bottom half of the table, and with Caernarfon just one place and 3 points ahead of us, the game on Saturday could be something of a season defining one.

In the previous 3 seasons of the JD Cymru Premier League, our opponents have finished just one place behind us (in 6th, 5th and 4th respectively) meaning that Saturday’s fixture away from home is sure to be a challenge. Yet, after some determined performances of late, Gavin Chesterfield and our players will be confident of a victory this weekend which could see us move into the top half of the JD Cymru Premier League table.

Bala Town vs Barry Town United| JD Cymru Premier | Match Preview

This Saturday we travel North to face Bala Town at the Maes Tegid stadium in the JD Cymru Premier League as we look to end our recent run of poor form.

Our opponents find themselves in 4th position in the league after the opening 8 games of the season as we sit in 8th. The Lakesiders have begun the season in fine-form, having only lost one league game thus far. Nevertheless, we were able to hold Bala to a draw at Jenner Park after a hard-fought stalemate on the second matchday of the season.

We have enjoyed success at the Maes Tegid in recent years; notably, a 5-2 win away from home in 2019 which ultimately saw us qualify for the European spaces after what was a triumphant victory. Indeed, we also managed to beat Bala 6-2 at home last season in a memorable match.

Despite some disappointing results of late, our performances have certainly been improving. After we lost to a late goal (3-2) at Flint Town just 2 weeks ago, Gavin Chesterfield noted the ‘honesty and intensity’ that we played with and that he, and the squad, are confident a victory is just around the corner to match our recent performances.

The match on Saturday is certainly of importance and one that will hopefully see a change in fortunes for the Dragons as we head into the second half of the first phase of the JD Cymru Premier League.

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

Gavin Chesterfield takes charge of a record-breaking 491st game as the Barry Town United manager this weekend as we host Connah’s Quay Nomads in the JD Welsh Premier League.

Chesterfield breaks Basil Bright’s record of 490 games in charge thereby making him the longest-serving manager in our 109-year history. To celebrate the occasion and Gavin’s achievements during his 14-year tenure as manager, there will be music, face painting and a bouncy castle at Jenner Park amongst other celebrations this Saturday.

Similarly, the club will be inviting supporters to attend the 14:30 kick-off free of charge for the landmark occasion. 

We face The Nomads on the back of a 4-game unbeaten run, including a comprehensive 4-1 win away at Cefn Druids and a 3-2 win at home to Haverfordwest. In both the afore mentioned games, midfielder Clayton Green was able to lead us to victory with a brace and his outstanding performances have led to him being named JD Cymru Premier League player of the month for August. 

We face tough opposition on the weekend, however, in a Nomads side that have been league champions the previous two seasons and are unbeaten so far this season. Looking ahead to the fixture, Chesterfield noted that the game will be a ‘tough challenge’ but, with the support of the home crowd, hopes we can continue our good start to the season with another positive result.

A big turnout will be appreciated by everyone at the club to celebrate the achievements of Gavin and the team during his time in charge.

Barry Town United vs Bala Town | JD Cymru Premier Preview

Jenner Park hosts JD Cymru Premier football for the first time this season as Bala Town visit South Wales today, live on Sgorio (kick-off 5:15pm).

Gavin Chesterfield felt hard done as he saw his side lose 2-1 at Aberystwyth Town last weekend, conceding a 90th-minute free-kick scored by Mathew Jones at Park Avenue. Marcus Day had put Barry ahead after 23 minutes before Sam Phillips equalised just before halftime, with both goalkeepers making a number of good saves in an evenly-matched game.

The travelling support was fantastic in West Wales and we are now looking forward to welcoming fans back to Jenner Park for a Cymru Premier fixture for the first time since February 2020.

Bala began their league campaign with a 2-2 draw at home to Penybont last weekend. Summer signing and former Welsh international Dave Edwards got on the scoresheet so will be one to lookout for today, but Chris Venables was sent off late on so will not be available for Colin Caton to select.

The Lakesiders’ visit to Jenner Park in phase one last season ended in an emphatic 6-2 win for Barry, one of our best performances of the campaign. Kayne McLaggon and Evan Press both netted twice, while Chris Hugh and Curtis Hutson also got on the scoresheet on an entertaining afternoon.

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

“We know Bala are a good team and have done very well in the league over a number of years. We’ve had a number of good games against them – and some not so good! But it’s the type of game we need to get up for now. We’ll lick our wounds from last weekend, focus on the positives and give it our all.”

You can purchase tickets for this afternoon’s game online by clicking here, while they will also be available to buy on the gate. Prices as follows: £8 for adults, £6 for students and senior citizens, £5 for 3-16 year olds.

Aberystwyth Town vs Barry Town United | JD Cymru Premier Preview

Our Cymru Premier campaign gets underway this afternoon as we travel to face Aberystwyth Town at Park Avenue (kick-off 2:30pm).

With supporters back in stadiums around Wales, the beginning of the new season is hugely exciting and we will be aiming to improve upon our fifth-place finish in 2020/21.

A 5-0 win against Llanelli Town in the second round of the Nathaniel MG Cup last weekend was the perfect way to mark the return of competitive football, as debutant Marcus Day grabbed a brace and Luke Cooper, Kayne McLaggon and Theo Wharton also got on the scoresheet.

Aberystwyth also progressed in the cup a week ago, beating Penybont on penalties after a 1-1 draw in 90 minutes.

There has been a change in the dugout at Park Avenue this summer, with former assistant manager Antonio Corbisiero replacing Gavin Allen. The 36-year-old has been busy refining his squad for the new campaign, bringing in Sam Phillips, Alex Darlington, Owen Orford and Gregor Zabret in the hope of building on the club’s 10th-place finish last term.

Since our promotion back to the top flight in 2017, we are yet to lose to the Seasiders and showed fantastic spirit to win both meetings with them in last season. Goals from Kayne McLaggon and Jordan Cotterill helped 10-man Barry come from behind to claim a 2-1 victory at Park Avenue, while Nat Jarvis netted an 87-minute winner in a 1-0 triumph at Jenner Park.

We can’t wait to be backed by your fantastic travelling support after so long without it. Tickets at Park Avenue are as follows: Adults = £7 for Adults; Concessions = £4; Under 16s = Free. You will be required to fill out a Covid questionnaire upon arrival at the stadium.

Watch Kayne McLaggon’s interview in the build up to the game.

2021-22 JD Cymru Premier fixtures revealed!

The fixtures for phase one of the 2021-22 JD Cymru Premier season have been confirmed.

We begin the campaign away to Aberystwyth Town on Saturday 14 August, before our first home game at Jenner Park comes against Bala Town on Saturday 21 August.

There are midweek fixtures scheduled at various points in phase one and we are set to play Haverfordwest County and Cardiff Metropolitan University home and away under the floodlights.

The Christmas period sees us travel to Penybont on Boxing Day before Rhys Griffith’s side make the return trip to Jenner Park on New Year’s Day.

Phase one will then be concluded on Saturday 12 February as we host Caernarfon Town.

View the whole phase one fixture list here.

Barry Town United vs Caernarfon Town | JD Cymru Premier Playoff Preview

This afternoon we host Caernarfon Town in the semi-final of the JD Cymru Premier European playoffs (kick-off 5:30pm).

The winner of the tie will go on to play Penybont or Newtown in the final next weekend for the right to represent Wales in the Europa Conference League next season.

It was of course only last week that Caernarfon last visited Jenner Park for the final game of the regular season – the fourth time we had played them across the campaign and the third time we claimed victory.

The Gwynedd outfit led at the break through Darren Thomas, but a dominant second half showing from Barry turned the game around as David Cotterill, Rhys Kavanagh and Jordan Cotterill all got on the scoresheet before Thomas grabbed a late consolation for it to finish 3-2.

After a tricky phase two period, it was important that we ended on a high and took confidence into today’s game, while it was particularly pleasing to see Kavanagh net his first goal for the club having looked dangerous ever since signing in January.

We last competed in the playoffs in 2018, when we were beaten 4-1 away at Cardiff Metropolitan University in our first season back in the top flight. However, this will be the first time that Jenner Park has hosted a playoff game.

Caernarfon, who are aiming to qualify for Europe for the first time in their history, were beaten playoff semi-finalists in 2019.

Huw Griffith’s side only confirmed their place in this season’s Championship Conference in the last game of phase one, but they have proved their worth by taking points off The New Saints and Bala Town in the last month. It will certainly be a tight and entertaining encounter this afternoon.

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

“We’ve played Caernarfon four times already this season and we probably know the majority of things about each other. Huw will probably say the same. Last Saturday we showed a good intensity, work ethic and character. That’s really pleasing for me because there wasn’t too much riding on the game.

“This Saturday is obviously a hell of a lot different. It’s great to be at home and our record here is very good which we’re very proud of. But we know we’re up against a good team, so it’s a game to look forward to. It certainly wets the appetite.”

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 watch live on Sgorio.   

JD Cymru Premier playoff details confirmed

Following our 3-2 win over Caernarfon Town on Saturday afternoon, our fifth place finish in the JD Cymru Premier has been confirmed.

This means that we will compete in the playoffs for a spot in the Europa Conference League. Our semi-final will be played at Jenner Park against Caernarfon Town on Saturday 22nd May at 5:30pm.

We continue to campaign for the right for supporters to attend the fixture as part of the Welsh Government’s pilot testing events, but the match will be shown live on Sgorio and you will be able follow live updates on Twitter.

The winner of the tie will face Penybont or Newtown in the final, with the team who places higher in the table receiving home advantage.

The winner of that game will enter the 2020/21 Europa Conference League in the first qualifying round.

Barry Town United vs Caernarfon Town | JD Cymru Premier Preview

It is our final game of the regular JD Cymru Premier season this afternoon as we host Caernarfon Town (kick-off 12pm).

All eyes will be on the title fight between Connah’s Quay Nomads and The New Saints, but today’s match at Jenner Park is a dress rehearsal for the European playoff semi-final.

Barry and Caernarfon will meet again next weekend, with the winner progressing to the final against either Penybont or Newtown to decide who will be the fourth team representing Wales in continental competition next season. Barring a six-goal Caernarfon win this afternoon, that semi-final will also be played at Jenner Park.

Town were beaten 3-0 away at TNS last weekend, but Gavin Chesterfield was keen to take the positives from Park Hall, as his side proved a good match for the title challengers in the first half.

It was also good to see Callum Sainty and Josh Graham make their returns from injury and we hope to continue bringing bodies back ahead of next weekend.

Caernarfon were beaten 4-0 by Connah’s Quay in their last outing, a result made worse by Lewis Brass’s second half red card which means the goalkeeper is suspended for today’s game and next weekend.

This is the third successive season since their promotion to the top flight that the Gwynedd side have competed in the Championship Conference and now they are aiming to qualify for Europe for the first time.

We won three points against Caernarfon in dramatic style in our last meeting, as Curtis Hutson’s 91st-minute goal secured a 1-0 win at The Oval at the start of phase two.

Huw Griffith’s men last made the trip to Jenner Park back in September, when a brace from Kayne McLaggon and a bullet header from Curtis McDonald help us to a 3-1 victory.

Looking ahead to this afternoon’s game, Gavin Chesterfield said:

“Caernarfon are a good team, Huw will have them organised. We’ve had some good games with them this season already and I’m looking forward to the match. But it’s after that that really matters and that stimulus of the playoffs is good for our players. It’s an exciting 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.