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Cardiff Met vs Barry Town United| Nathaniel MG Cup Semi-Final | Match Preview

We’re in Cup action this weekend as we travel to Cardiff Metropolitan University to contest the semi-final of the Nathaniel MG Cup.

After heartache in the Nathaniel MG Cup Final in 2017 at the hands of The New Saints, the semi-final on Saturday offers us the chance to setup another Cup Final and go one further. Indeed, left-back Chris Hugh acknowledged the importance of Saturday’s fixture in an interview this week, he said ‘winning some silverware now would be massive’ in a statement which clearly shows the intent of the club.

Historically, we have had some success in the league cup. Notably, in the late 1990s, we lifted the Cup on four consecutive occasions in what was a successful period for the Club.

We come into this game in good form, having been unbeaten in our last 6 games. Also, our skipper, Kayne Mclaggon, has been in scintillating form of late, scoring 10 goals in his last 8 games and thereby earning himself the JD Cymru Premier League Player of the Month award for October.

Our opponents find themselves in 11th position in the JD Cymru Premier League, 4 points behind the Town who sit in 8th. Nevertheless, the Archers have defeated us twice already this term, once in the Welsh Cup (3-0) and once in the League (1-0). However, our poor form against Met’ this season will only add to Gavin and the player’s motivation this weekend, who will be eager to get one over our rivals.

The match this Saturday will kick off at 14:30 at the Cyncoed Campus Stadium and, as always, your support would be much appreciated by all at the club. As Chris Hugh made clear earlier this week, ‘every player’ wants to feature in a cup final, so you can guarantee our boys will do everything they can this Saturday in an attempt to boost our hopes of winning Barry’s first league cup in over 20 years.

Barry Town United vs Llanelli Town | Nathaniel MG Cup Preview

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.

Llanelli cup tickets on sale now!

We are pleased to confirm that tickets for our Nathaniel MG Cup tie against Llanelli Town at Jenner Park on August 7 (kick-off 2:30pm) are available to buy online now.

The fixture will be our first competitive home match with supporters in attendance since February 2020, so we hope to have as many of you there with us as possible.

Click here to purchase.


Adult = £8
Student/Senior Citizen = £6
3-16 year olds = £5

Tickets will also be available to buy on the day, but purchasing in advance will allow a quicker entry to Jenner Park due to track and trace requirements.

Date and kick-off time confirmed for Llanelli cup clash

Following Tuesday’s draw for the second round of the 2021/22 Nathaniel MG Cup, we can confirm that our fixture against Llanelli Town will be played on Saturday 7 August at 2:30pm at Jenner Park.

The Cymru South outfit thrashed a young Newport County side 5-0 in the first round of the competition last weekend.

Managed by former Welsh international Andy Legg, the Reds also include Barry Town legend Gary Lloyd on their coaching staff.

Our last meeting with Llanelli came in October 2018, when a scintillating Barry performance earned us a 5-2 victory at Jenner Park.

We look forward to welcoming back all players, staff and supporters from Stebonheath Park in what will be a particularly exciting game for us as it will be our first competitive fixture with supporters back in the stadium.

Haverfordwest County vs Barry Town United | Nathaniel MG Cup Preview

This Saturday we return to competitive action for the first time since our Europa League adventure as we travel to Haverfordwest County AFC in the second round of the Nathaniel MG Cup. Kick-off is 2:30pm at the Bridge Meadow Stadium.

Gavin Chesterfield has been busy in the transfer market this summer, bringing in six new players. Jack Compton and Luke Cummings have already made their debuts for the club against Cliftonville, while Callum Sainty is back for his second spell at Jenner Park. But this weekend could see competitive debuts handed to George Ratcliffe, Eli Phipps and Keyon Reffell.

Phipps and Reffell scored one goal each in the 2-0 win over STM Sports at the end of July, while the former also netted in the thrilling 6-3 victory against Pontypridd Town along with Jordan Cotterill, Kayne McLaggon, Jon Hood and Drew Fahiya. Our third and final pre-season fixture ended in a 2-1 defeat to a Swansea Under-23 side, but it was not without a trademark wonder goal from Hood, whose goal against Pontypridd was also nothing short of spectacular.

Haverfordwest meanwhile have faced Camarthen Town (3-1 win), Penrhyncoch FC (2-0), Goodwick United (3-1 win) and Cardiff City Under 23s (4-3 defeat) in friendlies in preparation for today’s game and their upcoming JD Cymru South campaign. 2019/20 will be their fourth successive season in the second tier following relegation from the JD Welsh Premier League in 2016.

Appointed as manager last September, Wayne Jones is in his second spell in charge of The Bluebirds and led them to a third place finish in the Welsh Football League Division One last season. They also reached the quarter-finals of the Nathaniel MG Cup and round four of the Welsh Cup.

Gavin Chesterfield of course also spent a couple of months at the Haverfordwest helm in 2010, and commented ahead of this weekend’s game:

“Haverfordwest will have designs on getting back into the JD Cymru Premier next year so I know they’ll be competitive. I know Wayne well and I know he’ll have them well-organised.

“They’ve made some good signings themselves in pre-season, but it’s chance for us to get rid of pre-season if you like and start the games in earnest. I know that will bring the best out of the lads.

“I expect it to be a difficult game. It’s a cup game so anything can happen, but it’s a game that we approach with excitement, enthusiasm and a high level of humbleness”.