This afternoon we host Llanelli Town in the second round of the Nathaniel MG Cup (kick-off 2:30pm).
It will be the first time that supporters have been in attendance at a competitive game at Jenner Park since we drew 1-1 with Caernarfon Town in February 2020 – 532 days ago.
It was fantastic to welcome fans back to Jenner for the friendly against Yate Town last weekend, which ended 1-1 as Nat Jarvis grabbed a late equaliser for Barry. The result rounded off our pre-season schedule, which also included wins against Bristol Manor Farm and Undy Athletic and defeat to Swansea City Under-23s.
A few new faces have featured in pre-season, and this afternoon could see competitive debuts for summer arrivals Aron Davies, Marcus Day and Kelland Absalom.
We have fond memories of reaching the final of the Nathaniel MG Cup in 2017, but we have been beaten on penalties in our last two fixtures in the competition in 2018-19 and 2019-20. The tournament was cancelled after the first round last season due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Llanelli thrashed a young Newport County side 5-0 in the first round of this year’s competition in mid-July, with goals from Kyle Copp, Miles John, Lewis Reed, Zac Brown and Gavin Jones.
After relegation from the top-flight in 2019, the Reds are yet to complete a full season in the second tier; they were fifth in the Cymru South table when it was curtailed in 2019-20 and then the 2020-21 campaign did not go ahead.
Andy Legg’s side have four points from three games in the Cymru South this season, beating Afan Lido last weekend after a defeat to Ammanford and a draw with Risca United.
Our last meeting with Llanelli came in October 2018, when a scintillating Barry performance earned us a 5-2 victory at Jenner Park. Robbie Patten, Jon Hood, Chris Hugh, Clayton Green and Kayne McLaggon all got on the scoresheet.
Looking ahead to today’s game, Gavin Chesterfield said:
“Funnily enough we nearly played Llanelli in pre-season, but the dates didn’t quite match up. Leggy is a hugely experienced manager and he’ll have them well organised. They’ve got a good set of players there so I am expecting a very tough game.
“It’s a cup game so anything can happen. We’ll obviously be hoping to produce our best form and get the result. But we know we’ll be up against good opposition and we’ll be well-prepared.”
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.