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

On Saturday 11 September, in front of a lively Jenner Park crowd, we celebrated Gavin Chesterfield’s record-breaking 491stgame in charge of the Town with a 1-0 win against the reigning league champions Connah’s Quay Nomads. 

Hours before kick-off, supporters began to arrive at the ground to celebrate the achievements of Gavin. When 14:30 struck and the referee blew his whistle to commence the match, Jenner Park was host to over 1200 fans who supported the team tremendously throughout the game.

Connah’s Quay began the game brightly and were awarded a soft penalty in the sixth minute after a late Clayton Green challenge in the box. However, Barry goalkeeper Mike Lewis denied Callum Morris  from the penalty spot with a terrific save low to his right which was met with a roar from the home supporters.

As the game progressed, the home side’s presence in the final-third began to grow. In the 25th minute, after a Luke Cummings  long-throw into the Nomads area, Rhys Kavanagh latched onto a second-ball and fired a volley into the bottom corner of the net to put the Town 1-0 up. The cheer of the sizeable Jenner Park crowd when the ball hit the net was something we’ve all missed over the last 2 years!

Both sides began the second-half positively, Barry looking for that all-important second goal and the visitors searching for an equaliser. What was arguably the chance of the half fell to Nomads as striker Byron Junior Harrison found himself one-on-one but, on his weak left foot, saw his shot sail over the Barry crossbar.

In the 56th minute, in what was arguably a game-changing moment, goalscorer Rhys Kavanagh was hacked down by Nomads defender John Disney, denying Kavanagh the chance to unleash an attack  on goal and prompting the referee to dismiss Disney for a straight red card. 

However, the away-side fought valiantly after going down to 10 men and continued to push for the equaliser through a number of balls into the Barry box. Nevertheless, Barry looked dangerous on the counter-attack. In particular, in stoppage time, after some impressive work by both Evan Press and Kavanagh on the right-wing, substitute Brandon Griffiths found himself in space in the box and his subsequent shot looked certain for the net until a last-ditch block deflected the ball onto the crossbar. 

Ultimately, we were able to see out the game without reply and mark Gavin Chesterfield’s record-breaking match with an outstanding 1-0 victory. Gavin spoke of being ‘immensely proud’ of his achievements in his post-match interview and both the support of the crowd and performance of the players were only fitting to celebrate a momentous occasion for Gavin and the club.

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

Bala Town visited Jenner Park on Saturday 21 August in a game which saw Barry Town United earn their first point of the league season after a hard-fought 0-0 draw.

Gavin Chesterfield made one change to the side which were defeated by Aberystwyth Town on the opening weekend of the season as Jordan Cotterill replaced Marcus Day.

The home side began the game with a flourish, with Barry fashioning a number of opportunities from wide areas early on. After just 4 minutes, in what was probably the standout chance of the match, Nat Jarvis met a Luke Cummings cross but the striker’s header bounced agonisingly wide.

However, Bala grew into the game and, with their largely direct playing style, were able to cause problems for the Barry defence. Set pieces were a feature of the away side’s game throughout the match and if it wasn’t for a terrific block by Robbie Patten to deny a low driven shot from the edge of the box following a corner on 14 minutes, the visitors could’ve taken the lead.

The latter stages of the first half were somewhat scrappy as Bala’s direct style led to a number of aerial dules which were contested evenly by both sides and there was ultimately a lack of clear-cut chances created.

When the referee blew the whistle to signal half-time, Chesterfield was probably the happier of the two managers as the sides entered the changing room with the deadlock yet to be broken.

The majority of the second 45 was played in Barry’s half as Bala searched for the opener. Through set pieces and a bombardment of balls into the Barry box, Bala were able to assert an ascendancy on the game.

However, Barry’s resilient defending kept the scores level. The chance of the half fell to Bala’s former Wales and Reading midfielder Dave Edwards as he glanced a header towards Barry’s goal from a corner but Mike Lewis (who was ultimately voted Man of the Match by our supporters) made a great save low to his right to parry the ball behind.

Barry supporters watched on nervously for the final minutes of the game as the away side searched for the winner but when Bala’s Steve Leslie sent a free kick wide of Lewis’ goal in the 90th minute, the draw was all but secured and the match eventually finished 0-0.

Gavin and the players will be pleased to have picked up a point against strong opposition this weekend and will now undoubtedly be looking to secure our first win of the league season away to Cefn Druids next Saturday.