Tag: JD Cymru Premier

Barry Town United vs Aberystwyth Town| JD Cymru Premier Preview

Jenner Park hosts Cymru Premier football for the second time in five days this afternoon as Aberystwyth Town make the trip to south Wales (kick-off 2:30pm).

We are aiming to bounce back from our defeat to Penybont on Tuesday evening, as a second half Sam Snaith goal proved decisive in a 1-0 win for the Bridgend outfit. We finished the game with 10 men following Clayton Green’s red card.

The result meant that Rhys Griffiths’s side went above us in the Cymru Premier table and we are now fifth with four games of phase one remaining.

However, Tuesday was only our second home defeat of the season, so we are keen to make amends and return to form this afternoon as the fight to secure a top six spot continues.

It was a much more enjoyable night on Tuesday for Aberystwyth as they won 2-1 against Haverfordwest County.

After Jamie Reed had given the Seasiders the lead, Ben Fawcett’s equaliser looked to have earned the Bluebirds a point, but Lee Jenkins popped up with a header in the 94th minute to win the game for Gavin Allen’s men.

It was Aberystwyth’s second stoppage time goal in as many games following Jamie Veale’s 96th minute equaliser in a 2-2 draw against Caernarfon Town last weekend, and helped the Ceredigion club move off the bottom of the table and up to 10th. The battle to avoid relegation remains as tight as ever.

We have won our last five games against Aberystwyth and are yet to lose to the Seasiders since we were promoted back to the top-flight in 2017.

Earlier this season, we trailed 1-0 at Park Avenue and were also reduced to 10 men, but staged a superb comeback thanks to goals from Kayne McLaggon and Jordan Cotterill in the space of three minutes to win 2-1.

Speaking after our defeat to Penybont, Gavin Chesterfield said:

“The best thing now is the games keep coming thick and fast and we have a chance to respond on Saturday against Aberystwyth. We take our home record very seriously. Tonight was only the second time we’ve lost at home this season, with the first being against TNS in the first game. It won’t be an easy match, but we’re excited for 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 afternoon’s fixture through live updates on our Twitter page.

Barry Town United vs Penybont | JD Cymru Premier Preview

It is the season’s first instalment of the Five Mile Lane Derby tonight as we play host to Penybont in the JD Cymru Premier (kick-off 7:45pm). The game will be shown live on Sgorio’s Facebook and YouTube channels as well as on S4C Clic.

After the league’s two and a half month hiatus, we returned to action at the weekend with a 1-0 win over Cefn Druids.

David Cotterill scored the only goal of the game from the penalty spot in the 44th after Nat Jarvis had been brought down in the box.

The result kept us fourth in the Cymru Premier table on 27 points, knowing that fixtures over the next week could prove decisive in securing a spot in the top six.

We are unbeaten in our last seven games at Jenner Park (five wins, two draws), not suffering defeat on home turf since the opening weekend of the season.  

Penybont are three points us behind in fifth, having enjoyed a strong season to date. After being 10th when the 2019-20 campaign was curtailed, the Bridgend side have three wins from their last five games and are now aiming for a top half finish.

Rhys Griffiths’s side have already played twice since the resumption of the Cymru Premier, losing 2-0 to Newtown last Tuesday before winning 1-0 against Flint Town United on Saturday thanks to Nathan Wood’s early strike.

We won both of our games against Penybont last season following their promotion to the top-flight in the 2018-19 campaign.

After winning 2-1 at the SDM Glass Stadium in the opening game of the season, we then claimed a 3-0 victory at Jenner Park courtesy of goals from Clayton Green, Luke Cummings and Kayne McLaggon. Current Barry pair Mikey George and Curtis Hutson were wearing the blue of Penybont that day.

Commenting on Penybont after our win over Cefn Druids, Gavin Chesterfield said:

“Penybont are having a good season, and won today [Saturday], so we look forward to the challenge. It’ll be great to be back at Jenner Park.

“We’ll look after the boys, make sure rehab is done properly and we recover well so we’re in the best possible position to go out on Tuesday and hopefully come away with another three points.”

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 on Sgorio and through live updates on our Twitter page.

Gavin Chesterfield on 1-0 victory over Cefn Druids: “Winning today was what mattered most”

Credit: Mike James Photography

We returned to action in the JD Cymru Premier this afternoon with a 1-0 win away at Cefn Druids thanks to David Cotterill’s penalty in the 44th minute following a foul on Nat Jarvis in the box.

After the victory, Gavin Chesterfield gave his immediate thoughts.

On the result and performance…

“In the first half we got ourselves into a few good situations but unfortunately couldn’t capitalise and it took the penalty to break the deadlock. But I thought we deserved to go into the break with a 1-0 lead.

“The game opened up in the second half and that was perhaps to be expected with it being the first game back. It basically became a game of basketball.

“I’ll give Druids credit for the way they played but Mike hasn’t had a lot to do. We had numerous counter attack situations which we really should have capitalised on but clouded thinking let us down.

“But look, regardless it’s a good result and it was important to get the win. We wanted to start building momentum straight away and get that rhythm back. It’s difficult when everything is stop start, but winning today was what mattered most.

“First game back, away from home, three points, clean sheet. I’m delighted.”

Looking ahead to Penybont on Tuesday night…

“They’re having a good season, and won today, so we look forward to the challenge. It’ll be great to be back at Jenner Park.

“We’ll look after the boys, make sure rehab is done properly and we recover well so we’re in the best possible position to go out on Tuesday and hopefully come away with another three points.”

Cefn Druids vs Barry Town United | JD Cymru Premier Preview

After 11 weeks of no competitive football, we are back in JD Cymru Premier action this afternoon as we travel to Cefn Druids (kick-off 2:30pm).

Our last game before the break was actually our home fixture against Druids, which we won 4-1 thanks to a brace from Kayne McLaggon, Jacob Wise’s own goal and a mesmerising run and finish from Sam Bowen.

It left us fourth in the Cymru Premier table, with our final six games of phase one all set to be played in the next four weeks.

We have made three new signings since we were last in action, and Lee Idzi, Rhys Kavanagh and Jamie Bird are all in contention for their debuts at The Rock this afternoon.

The hosts are struggling towards the wrong end of the table, with Newtown’s win over Penybont in midweek meaning that Druids slipped into the bottom two.

However the battle to avoid relegation from the Cymru Premier is ridiculously tight this year, so Bruno Lopes’s side will know that every point will be crucial in escaping trouble.

Druids have conceded the joint most goals in the league (37) and scored the second fewest (17) but did win their last match on home turf 4-1 against Haverfordwest County.

We narrowly lost 1-0 at The Rock last season, but supporters will have fonder memories of our trip to Wrexham in 2018/19 when we were 5-2 winners thanks to a hat-trick from Jordan Cotterill and a goal each from Kayne McLaggon and Mo Touray.

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

“While we got the win over Cefn Druids in December, there are no easy games in this league at all. We know it will be a challenge but we go there with excitement and will give it our best to hopefully come out the other end with three points. The lads have been training hard over the last couple of weeks and they’re excited just as I am.”

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 The Rock, but you will be able to follow this afternoon’s fixture through live updates on our Twitter page.

Dates of remaining phase one fixtures confirmed

The dates of our remaining six fixtures of phase one of the 2020/21 JD Cymru Premier season have been confirmed by the FAW.

We resume on Saturday 6 March away to Cefn Druids, before back to back home games against Penybont and Aberystwyth Town. We then make the short trip for the reverse fixture against Penybont.

There is then an 11-day break in our schedule, with our final two matches of phase one seeing us host Bala Town and travel to Cardiff Metropolitan University.

Due to Welsh Government and FAW guidelines, all fixtures will be played behind closed doors until further notice.

All fixtures are subject to change.

‘Elite Status’ reinstated for JD Cymru Premier

The Football Association of Wales has today (Tuesday 23 February) confirmed that ‘elite status’ will be reinstated for the JD Cymru Premier, allowing the league to resume on March 6.

A statement from the FAW read:

The Football Association of Wales has been informed by the National Sport Group (NSG) that the JD Cymru Premier and the Orchard Welsh Premier Women’s League have had their ‘Elite Status’ reinstated with immediate effect. 

Although the country remains at Alert Level 4 of the Welsh Government Control Plan, clubs in these leagues can prepare for the resumption of fixtures under the FAW’s strict Return to Play COVID-19 protocols.  

At this current time, and taking into account the continuing public health crisis, JD Cymru North and JD Cymru South have not had their ‘Elite Status’ reinstated by the NSG whilst the country remains at Alert Level 4.  

As a consequence, with the exemption of those clubs with professionals who cannot carry out their work from home, Tier 2 clubs are not permitted to return until the country either enters Alert Level 3 or the NSG grant ‘Elite Status’ to the leagues; whichever comes first. 

The NSG includes representation from Sport Wales, Welsh Sports Association, Welsh Government and Commonwealth Games Wales to consider the ‘Elite Status’ designation.  

Confirmation of the rescheduled fixtures for the JD Cymru Premier and the Orchard Welsh Premier Women’s League will be announced in due course on CymruFootball.Wales.

The FAW continues to encourage that everyone follows the Welsh Government guidelines to limit the spread of COVID-19.

Everyone at Barry Town United is naturally delighted to be returning to action and we are looking forward to resuming the campaign. We hope that the next step will be to welcome supporters back to grounds in a safe manner. UP THE TOWN!

Barry Town United vs Cefn Druids | JD Cymru Premier Preview

We are hoping to return to winning ways this afternoon as Cefn Druids visit Jenner Park in the JD Cymru Premier (kick-off 2:30pm).

It has been a difficult couple of games on the road for Barry, with defeat coming to Haverfordwest County on Wednesday evening.

The Bluebirds were 2-1 winners at the Bridge Meadow Stadium, with Ben Fawcett scoring either side of Josh Graham’s first goal for the Town. Curtis McDonald was sent off for two bookable offences and will therefore miss this afternoon’s game.  

It will be good to get back to familiar surroundings, as we have not lost at Jenner Park since the opening day against The New Saints, and were 6-3 winners against Flint Town United in our last match on home turf.

Cefn Druids travel to South Wales in good form, having won their last two games to rise from bottom of the Cymru Premier table to ninth position.

The Ancients came from behind to beat Flint 2-1 on Tuesday night, as goals from Alex Darlington and Iwan Cartwright cancelled out Richie Foulkes’s opener.

Portuguese boss Bruno Lopes is in his first season in charge at The Rock, having previously coached in the USA and Singapore. Last season, the 36-year-old was Under-23s head coach at Portuguese Primeira Liga side Portimonense, and also had a spell as caretaker manager of the first team.

We have won our last two home games against Cefn Druids, with Chris Hugh’s superb solo goal proving decisive in a 1-0 victory last season. The year before, we came from behind to win 2-1, as Mo Touray’s 92nd minute goal secured all three points.

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.

Haverfordwest County vs Barry Town United | JD Cymru Premier Preview

We travel to Haverfordwest County in the JD Cymru Premier this evening (kick-off 7:45pm), aiming to bounce back from defeat to Caernarfon Town on Saturday.

We were beaten 2-0 at The Oval at the weekend – playing the final 37 minutes of the game with ten men following Luke Cooper’s red card, which means he will miss this evening’s game.

We are now fifth in the table ahead of the trip to the Bridge Meadow Stadium and are eager to return to winning ways.

Haverfordwest currently sit in seventh, and will have their sights set on finishing in the top six in their first season back in the top-flight.

They come into tonight’s game off the back of two consecutive matches against Cefn Druids – drawing 1-1 at the Bridge Meadow Stadium before losing 4-1 at The Rock four days ago.

Wayne Jones’s side will therefore feel they have a point to prove this evening as they seek only a second home win of the campaign.

We were 2-1 winners when the Bluebirds visited Jenner Park in another midweek clash at the end of September.

David Cotterill’s first half free-kick gave us the lead before Ben Fawcett equalised with a header after the break, but Nat Jarvis’s first goal in yellow and blue gave us all three points.

Our last visit to the Bridge Meadow Stadium came in the first round of last season’s Nathaniel MG Cup, when Haverfordwest were victors on a penalty shoot-out following a 1-1 draw in 120 minutes.

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 Bridge Meadow Stadium, but you will be able to follow this afternoon’s fixture through live updates on our Twitter page.