Tag: JD Cymru Premier

Cefn Druids vs Barry Town United | JD Cymru Premier Preview

Barry Town United will be aiming to return to winning ways this afternoon as they travel to Cefn Druids in the JD Cymru Premier (kick-off 2:30pm).

Gavin Chesterfield’s side suffered a 4-0 defeat to Connah’s Quay Nomads at Jenner Park last weekend, as two goals each from Michael Wilde and Jamie Insall gave the visitors victory. The challenge was made tougher for Barry following Jonathan Hood’s first half red card which left the team playing the final hour with ten men.

Cefn Druids meanwhile were involved in one of the two games that were postponed in the JD Cymru Premier last weekend, with The Rock overwhelmed by snow for their fixture against Cardiff Metropolitan University, making it therefore unplayable. They do however come into today’s game on the back of an impressive three straight wins against Caernarfon Town, Penybont and Carmarthen Town, scoring eight goals in the process. Half of these, including a 92nd minute winner at Penybont, have come from James Davies, who Barry will have to keep an eye out for this afternoon. Druids have climbed up the table as a result of their good form and currently sit in eighth position.

Chris Hugh’s excellent solo goal was the difference in a 1-0 victory for Barry when Druids visited Jenner Park in September. The meeting between the two sides at The Rock last season was a thoroughly entertaining one, with Barry emerging with a 5-2 win thanks to a hat-trick from Jordan Cotterill and one goal each for Kayne McLaggon and Mo Touray.

For this afternoon’s game Barry will be without George Ratcliffe who is away with the Wales Under-21s, as well as the suspended Jonathan Hood and injured midfield duo Robbie Patten and Troy Greening.

Tickets at The Rock this afternoon will cost £7 for adults, £4 for concessions and £1 for children.

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

The top two teams in the JD Cymru Premier go head to head this afternoon as Barry Town United welcome Connah’s Quay Nomads to Jenner Park (kick-off 2:30pm). The two sides are level on points, with Andy Morrison’s men ahead on goal difference having played a game more.

An injury-ravaged Barry side lost for the first time in the league last weekend as Caernarfon Town ran out 4-1 winners at the Oval. 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 victory.

It means that Connah’s Quay are now the only unbeaten team left in the JD Cymru Premier, having recorded seven wins and six draws from 13 games. Their last two fixtures have ended in 1-1 draws against Aberystwyth Town and The New Saints, with Michael Wilde’s late equaliser earning a point against the reigning champions last weekend.

This afternoon will be the first meeting of the campaign between Barry and Connah’s Quay, with the four games involving the two sides last season proving to be tight encounters. The game at Jenner Park in phase one saw Barry win 2-0 thanks to goals from Kayne McLaggon and Mo Touray, while the points were shared in the other three fixtures with a pair of 1-1 draws in phase two following an exciting 2-2 draw at the Deeside Stadium in phase one.

Sion Spence and Clayton Green are both available again for today’s fixture after missing the defeat at Caernarfon through injury. Captain Jordan Cotterill is also in contention to feature for the first time since August following the conclusion of his suspension. George Ratcliffe, Robbie Patten and Callum Sainty have returned to training following their respective injuries.

Speaking ahead of the game, Gavin Chesterfield said:

“The players have trained well this week and we are looking forward to the challenge. We’ll have to be concentrated at all times to negate the threats of Connah’s Quay, but also focus on our game, as we carry threats of our own.”

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

Barry Town United vs Airbus UK | JD Cymru Premier Preview

Barry Town United are back at Jenner Park this afternoon for the first time in over a month, with Airbus UK the visitors (kick-off 2:30pm).

Since the 1-0 home win over Cefn Druids on September 22, we have beaten TNS and Newtown on the road before a 1-1 draw with Bala Town last weekend. Henry Jones gave the hosts the lead with a first time finish in the 19th minute at Maes Tegid, but Keyon Reffell’s equaliser on the stroke of half-time earned Barry a share of the points. The result extended our unbeaten run to ten matches and leaves us third in the table going into today’s fixture, with leaders Connah’s Quay Nomads and second place TNS having played two games more.

Airbus meanwhile are in eighth position following their 2-0 win over Newtown last weekend. Andy Owens grabbed a goal in each half to secure the victory for Steve O’Shaughnessy’s side, their third since promotion from the Cymru Alliance last season.

Our encounter at The Airfield earlier in the campaign ended in a 1-0 win for Barry, clinched by Kayne McLaggon’s goal in just the 10th minute. Today’s game will be just the second ever meeting between the two sides, and Airbus’s first visit to Jenner Park.

Troy Greening, Callum Sainty and Robbie Patten all remain injured for this afternoon’s fixture, while Jordan Cotterill will serve the penultimate game of his suspension.

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

Bala Town vs Barry Town United | JD Cymru Premier Preview

After a short break, Barry Town United return to JD Cymru Premier action this afternoon against Bala Town (kick-off 2:30pm).

Last week’s fixture against Penybont was postponed due to international call-ups, meaning that today’s visit to Maes Tegid is a third away game in a row for Gavin Chesterfield’s side. It follows the 1-0 win over The New Saints at the end of September and the 3-2 victory against Newtown a fortnight ago, secured through first goals for the club for Sion Spence and Keyon Reffell and a Kayne McLaggon penalty.

Bala meanwhile are currently on a three-game winning streak, having claimed victories over Carmarthen Town (2-1), Cefn Druids (3-0) and Aberystwyth Town (2-0) in recent weeks. The results have left the Lakesiders fourth in the table, with only TNS scoring more goals in total so far this season.

This afternoon will of course be our first visit to Maes Tegid since the historic 5-2 win in April that secured our qualification to Europa League. Bala were 2-0 up at the hour mark, but goals from Jordan Cotterill, Kayne McLaggon (two), Mo Touray and Drew Fahiya completed a magical comeback. Our first meeting this season was also an exciting affair, as a 2-2 draw was played out at Jenner Park. Barry twice leading through Fahiya and McLaggon, only for Lassana Mendes and Stuart Jones to equalise for Bala.

Ahead of today’s game, Jonathan Hood is available for selection again after recovering from injury. Troy Greening, Callum Sainty and Robbie Patten all remain sidelined though, while Jordan Cotterill is still suspended. The captain’s ban has been reduced however, and he will be eligible for our home fixture against Connah’s Quay Nomads in three weeks’ time.

Speaking this week, Gavin Chesterfield said:

“The boys have trained really well and looked fresh after a deserved rest. It’s a ground we have fond memories at, Bala have strengthened their team since last season but so have we. The game at Jenner Park in August was a tight affair and I expect another tough but exciting encounter”.

Across the Cymru Leagues, this weekend’s fixtures have been chosen as Show Racism the Red Card’s action match gameweek as part of October being their Month of Action 2019, and Barry Town United are hugely proud to support the initiative.

Tickets at Maes Tegid this afternoon will cost £6 for adults, £3 for concessions and £1 for children.

George Ratcliffe: “I aim to go to the top”

While the Wales senior team have two crucial Euro 2020 qualifiers this week, there is also an important fixture for the Under-21 side, as they face Moldova in qualification for the 2021 European Championships.

Lining up in goal for Paul Bodin’s side will be Barry Town United goalkeeper George Ratcliffe, on loan from Cardiff City. “It feels amazing,” the 19-year-old said when asked about being named in the squad. “I’m just glad that they’re seeing how well I’m doing with my club. Getting selected is an honour, as always.”

Having earned 11 caps for the Under-19 side, Ratcliffe made his debut for the Under-21s in June before featuring in both of their qualifying games against Belgium and Germany in September. “It’s been challenging,” he said. “I’ve made the step up from the Under 19s to the Under 21s now, so it’s a challenge, but I’m happy.”

Ratcliffe joined Barry in June, just as the club was preparing for the UEFA Europa League preliminary round tie against Cliftonville. It gave the goalkeeper the chance to bond with his new teammates straight away, as he explains: “It was a bit strange. I was a new boy and I hadn’t even trained, but I had to go away with the boys for the friendly out in Northern Ireland and then the European games. Obviously I didn’t play, but it was just about getting used to the team and gelling with the boys.”

Now, after four months at the club, Ratcliffe is loving life at Jenner Park. “It’s been amazing really,” he said. “I’ve settled in really well, getting to know the boys has been really good. I knew Gav before I came here so I had a relationship with him, and the same with Kends [Lee Kendall, goalkeeping coach] because he was my goalkeeping coach at Cardiff when I was younger. I think I’ve performed pretty well with the games I’ve had and enjoyed it.”

He has certainly impressed in his seven games so far, helping Barry hold the joint best defensive record in the JD Cymru Premier with three clean sheets. But Ratcliffe was keen to applaud those in front of him first and foremost: “I feel like the defence has done very well. They’ve been very organised and defended as well as they could, throwing their bodies on the line when they needed to. I’ve had to pull out a few saves here and there, but I haven’t had much to do to be honest, so most of the credit goes to the defence.”

The goalkeeper was also quick to praise the efforts of supporters so far this season: “They’ve been amazing. Home and away. Every away game feels like a home game because they’re so loud. They’ve been class to be fair, definitely the loudest fans in the league, I know that.”

One of Ratcliffe’s best performances so far came in the 1-0 win over The New Saints, as he made a number of impressive saves to keep out the perennial champions. “It was amazing,” he said of the victory at Park Hall. “I don’t really know the league as well as everyone else, but the way we talked about TNS before the game, I thought if we get a win then I’d be happy, never mind a clean sheet. So to come out with a clean sheet and a 1-0 win, there was no better result.”

Ratcliffe is one of a number of young players currently playing key roles at the club and spoke about playing senior football for the first time: “It’s a lot different to what I had when I was playing at Cardiff as I was playing Under 18s a lot. It’s a lot more physical, such as when you come out for crosses, that’s what I’d say is the biggest difference.

“It’s not so much quicker or more technical, but you’ve got to be more sensible with your decisions because every game is important. You have to be careful and try not to make any mistakes or do anything stupid.”

Last season, Ratcliffe was named as Cardiff City’s Academy Player of the Year after helping the Bluebirds’ Under-18 side win the Professional Development League 2 South title for the first time. Speaking about winning the award, he said: “To be honest I didn’t quite expect it. We won the league, so obviously you’d expect one of our strikers to get it. So when they did say that I’d won it I was surprised, but I felt like I had a good season, I was solid throughout and consistent in my performances. I was really happy.”

Despite the accolade coming as a surprise to the teenager, it showed him that next on the agenda should be securing experience in senior football, as he explains: “I feel like I needed to make the step up to senior football. Whether I was ready or not was irrelevant.

“I want to go right to the top, and I know you can’t just jump there straight away. You need to build your way up, and I feel like this was the right time to make the first step.”

Ratcliffe is clearly a determined individual, with his sights set firmly on accomplishing all he can in football: “I’ve been at Cardiff since I was eight, and my first aim is definitely to break into the first team. I aim to go to the top really, and you try not to settle for anything else.”

It’s an ambitious goal, but one you would not bet against Ratcliffe achieving.

Penybont fixture postponed

Barry Town United can confirm that our JD Cymru Premier fixture with Penybont on Saturday 12th of October has been postponed.

We are delighted that Sion Spence has joined George Ratcliffe in being called up for the Wales Under-21 squad against Moldova, but with Mo Touray on standby for the game as well, the club have invoked a rule that allows us to postpone a league fixture.

The decision was also made following injuries in our win over Newtown on Saturday, which added to the number of players already sidelined.

Gavin Chesterfield said: “Whilst I know supporters will be disappointed with the postponement of the game, it is fantastic to see both George and Sion selected for international duty. Both have made really good starts to their loan season with us and I’m delighted for them. It’s fantastic also to see FAW staff continuing to look at young players doing well in the JD Cymru Premier.”

The club apologise for any inconvenience caused, and a date for the rearranged fixture will be announced in due course.

Newtown AFC vs Barry Town United | JD Cymru Premier Preview

It’s a second away game in a row for Barry Town United this afternoon, as we travel to face Newtown AFC in the JD Cymru Premier (kick-off 2:30pm).

Gavin Chesterfield’s side will be aiming to build on last week’s superb 1-0 win over reigning champions TNS, secured by Evan Press’s thunderbolt in the 24th minute. The victory extended our lead at the top of the Cymru Premier table to four points, whilst also maintaining our unbeaten start to the season and 100% away record.

That accomplishment will be put to the test this afternoon though, as Newtown beat Barry in three of the four meetings between the two sides last season – including 2-0 and 3-0 triumphs at today’s venue, Latham Park. There was however a 4-1 victory for Barry at Jenner Park last December, which supporters will remember more fondly, with goals from Macauley Southam-Hales, Drew Fahiya, Luke Cooper and Jordan Cotterill.

Going into today’s meeting, Newtown sit seventh in the Cymru Premier table, having won two, drawn three and lost three of their eight games so far. Last weekend they were defeated 1-0 by Caernarfon Town at The Oval. Chris Hughes’s side are the lowest scorers in the division but do have the fourth best defence, so don’t expect many goals this afternoon – especially considering there hasn’t been more than one in any of Barry’s last five fixtures!

Troy Greening, Jonathan Hood, Robbie Patten and Callum Sainty all remain unavailable due to injury today, although Patten has returned to light training. Jordan Cotterill is still suspended.

Previewing today’s match, Gavin Chesterfield said:

“Newtown have got a really good record at home, they’re a really well coached team and we’ve had some good games against them in the past.

“It’s a really difficult challenge but a challenge we look forward to. We go there full of confidence, we’re eight games in now and five clean sheets is a really positive step and hopefully that will continue.

“The secret to all our success so far, particularly away from home, has been humility, hard work, togetherness and sticking to the game plan. If the lads keep that going, then hopefully we can get something positive.”

Tickets at Latham Park this afternoon will cost £7 for adults, £5 for OAPs, 16-18 year-olds and students, and just £1 for Under 16s.

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

The top two in the JD Cymru Premier League go head-to-head today as Barry Town United visit The New Saints (kick-off 2:30pm).

TNS held the top spot for 24 hours last weekend as they came from 2-0 down to beat Carmarthen Town 6-2 on the Saturday, but Barry reclaimed pole position on the Sunday as Chris Hugh’s superb solo goal defeated Cefn Druids 1-0. The victory maintained our unbeaten start to the league campaign, something we’ll be hoping to continue this afternoon in addition to our 100% away record, with three wins from three on the road so far.

Of course the challenge ahead of us is a tough one, with Scott Ruscoe’s side the perennial champions of the Welsh top flight, having won the title in each of the last eight seasons. They have lost just once in the Cymru Premier so far in 2019/20 – a 3-1 defeat to Bala Town on matchday two. Since then, TNS have scored 21 goals in five league matches, with two apiece from Aeron Edwards, Greg Draper and Kurtis Byrne seeing them to victory against Carmarthen last weekend. Their most recent fixture though, a Nathaniel MG Cup clash against Bangor City on Tuesday, ended in disappointment, as they lost on penalties to the Cymru North side after a 1-1 draw in normal time.

Our last visit to Park Hall had a dramatic finish, as Jonathan Hood’s 96th minute bullet free-kick back in February secured a 2-2 draw against a TNS side who had won six league games in a row without conceding a goal beforehand. Kayne McLaggon had earlier pulled a goal back from the penalty spot after we went two goals behind. The Oswestry-based side won the other three league meetings between the two clubs last season, as well as beating us in the Welsh Cup semi-finals.

Ahead of this afternoon’s game, Gavin Chesterfield’s attacking options have been boosted by the expected returns of both Jack Compton and Keyon Reffell from injury. Troy Greening and Robbie Patten remain sidelined, while Callum Sainty was stretchered off against Cefn Druids last week and is also unavailable. Jordan Cotterill is suspended.

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

Barry Town United vs Cefn Druids | JD Cymru Premier Preview

Barry Town United are back at Jenner Park this afternoon, with Cefn Druids the visitors in the final JD Cymru Premier fixture of the weekend (kick-off 2:30pm).

Kayne McLaggon scored his fifth goal of the season last weekend to secure a 1-0 win over Airbus UK, maintaining our 100% away record in the league and taking us top of the table in the process. However, both TNS and Cardiff Met won yesterday afternoon against Carmarthen Town and Bala Town respectively, meaning we will begin today in third place with the chance to go back to the summit with victory.

Cefn Druids meanwhile have won just once in six games so far this campaign – a 3-1 victory over Airbus on matchday two. Last weekend they played out a thrilling 3-3 draw with Carmarthen, with Ramirez Howarth grabbing three sensational goals for Huw Griffiths’s side as they led twice against the Old Gold but couldn’t find a way to come out on top. They have also got credible draws at Newtown and Caernarfon this season, so there’s no doubt today will be a tough test.

Barry won in dramatic fashion when Druids visited Jenner Park last season, as Mo Touray scored in the 92nd minute to secure a 2-1 victory. Gavin Chesterfield’s side had previously trailed before Jordan Cotterill’s equaliser. Cotterill then got a hat-trick in the reverse fixture at The Rock, as Touray netted again along with Kayne McLaggon in a 5-2 triumph.

Captain Cotterill unfortunately remains unavailable for today’s fixture, but the club have confirmed that we will appeal the six-month suspension he has been handed by the FAW. Meanwhile, Troy Greening, Robbie Patten, Keyon Reffell are unavailable because of injury. In more positive news, Jack Compton is back in training.

Speaking ahead of the game this week, Gavin Chesterfield said:

“I’m delighted with the start. If the season ended now, I’d be over the moon, but there is still a long way to go. We’ve got another tough game against Druids to look forward to.

“I’m really happy with the lads and their application, but we are nowhere near hitting our straps, there is so much more to come. We are gradually getting better and gradually getting stronger.”

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

Airbus UK vs Barry Town United | JD Cymru Premier Preview

Barry Town United face Airbus UK Broughton for the very first time this afternoon in the JD Cymru Premier (2:30pm kick-off).

Our 0-0 draw with Caernarfon Town last weekend, a second clean sheet in a row, maintained our unbeaten start to the league season and kept us at the top of the table. However TNS’s 2-1 win over Newtown on Tuesday and Connah’s Quay Nomads’s 4-1 victory against Aberystwyth last night means we will start today’s game at The Airfield in third place.

Airbus meanwhile are currently in 10th position, having collected their first points of the campaign last weekend in a 2-1 win over Aberystwyth. It had previously been a difficult start to life back in the top-flight for The Wingmakers with four straight defeats.

It follows on from a hugely successful 2018/19 season for Steve O’Shaughnessy’s side, as they won both the Cymru Alliance and the Cymru Alliance League Cup. Their resulting promotion ended a two year stay in the second tier after relegation in 2017, the same year Barry were promoted back to the Welsh Premier League. It was the second time the two clubs had bypassed each other in the league system, following Barry’s relegation and Airbus’s promotion in 2004.

It was sadly confirmed yesterday that Troy Greening will miss the rest of the season with an ACL injury. We wish Troy all the best with his surgery and rehabilitation.

Fellow midfielders Robbie Patten and Jordan Cotterill also remain out through injury and suspension respectively. In more positive news, Callum Sainty is fit to return. George Ratcliffe will also return to the squad following his time with the Wales Under-21 side.

Speaking ahead of today’s game, Gavin Chesterfield said:

“We’re prepared well. Airbus got their first win against Aberystwyth last weekend and they’ve got some very talented, experienced players in the group. I feel as if before the season started they strengthened well.

“Looking at the manager’s comments, their performances have probably been better than their results so I’m under no illusions it’s going to be a real tough game. But it’s a game we look forward to.”