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Eli Phipps joins Penybont on loan

Barry Town United can confirm that Eli Phipps has joined fellow JD Cymru Premier side Penybont on loan until the end of the season.

The striker moved to Jenner Park from Weston-Super-Mare in the summer, but has been limited to just two starts so far this season – at home to Penybont and Newtown in the league. In addition, Phipps has made 13 substitute appearances.

He now makes the loan move down the road to the SDM Glass Stadium and everyone at Barry Town wishes him the very best of luck.

Gavin Chesterfield said:

“Eli is a valued member of our squad, but has found himself lacking playing opportunities of late. His attitude and talent deserve a platform and this loan move to Penybont provides him with a great opportunity to display these qualities. Naturally, I hope it goes well for both parties”.

Barry Town United vs Penybont FC | JD Cymru Premier Preview

Barry Town United begin a run of four successive home games tonight as Penybont make the short trip to Jenner Park, live on Sgorio (kick-off 8pm).

The fixture was originally scheduled for Saturday 12th October but was postponed due to international call-ups. The first meeting between the two sides was the season opener back in August, when Barry came from behind to claim a 2-1 win at the KYMCO Stadium. Kane Owen’s penalty had given the hosts the lead, but an excellent Kayne McLaggon goal and Jonathan Hood’s wonder strike saw Gavin Chesterfield’s side emerge victorious.

Three months on, Penybont currently sit 11th in the JD Cymru Premier table, but have not played for a fortnight after seeing their game against Caernarfon Town last weekend also postponed for international call-ups. Their most recent match though did see them collect just a second league victory of the season, as Keenan Patten’s late goal secured a 2-1 win over Airbus.

Barry meanwhile are in the middle of a difficult run of form, with a third defeat in a row suffered at Cefn Druids last weekend. Town pushed hard for an equaliser after Charley Edge gave the hosts the lead early on, but despite twice hitting the woodwork we couldn’t find a way past the Druids defence. Nonetheless, victory in tonight’s game would see Barry return to second in the table and just three points off leaders Connah’s Quay Nomads.

Having kept a clean sheet for Wales Under-21s against Bosnia-Herzegovina on Tuesday night, George Ratcliffe returns to the squad this evening. However, the yellow card picked up by Luke Cooper against Cefn Druids means he is suspended along with Jonathan Hood. Jack Compton was forced off injured at The Rock and is sidelined. Robbie Patten and Troy Greening remain injured.

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

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.

Penybont FC vs Barry Town United | JD Cymru Premier Preview

The action starts in the re-branded Cymru Premier on Friday night (kick-off 8pm), and you couldn’t have asked for many better fixtures to start. Barry Town United will make the short journey to newly-promoted Penybont FC in what we’re affectionately calling ‘The Five Mile Lane Derby’. The match will also take it’s place in Welsh football history as the first ever televised fixture in Bridgend.

For Barry, it will be a chance to bounce back from last weekend’s disappointing exit from the Nathaniel MG Cup at the hands of Haverfordwest County. Kayne McLaggon had given us the lead at the Bridge Meadow Stadium before a late equaliser took the game to a penalty shoot-out, in which the hosts emerged victorious.

Our most recent meeting with Penybont also came in knockout competition – last season’s Welsh Cup third round. It ended 4-1 to Barry at Jenner Park, with Jon Hood, Mo Touray and Louis Gerrard all scoring in extra-time after Luke Borrelli had cancelled out Macauley Southam-Hales’s goal in normal time.

The Bont got their 2019/20 campaign off to a perfect start last week with a 4-1 win over Goytre United in the Nathaniel MG Cup. Rhys Griffiths’s side now look ahead to a first ever taste of the top-flight following an incredible surge to the Welsh Football League Division One title last year. The club went all 30 league games unbeaten and ended up 20 points clear at the top of the table, finishing the campaign with an emphatic 9-0 win over Cwmamman United. Barry were one of just three teams – along with Newtown and Ynysygerwn – to defeat them all season.

Speaking ahead of the game, Gavin Chesterfield said:

“I’m delighted for Rhys. He’s a good friend and he’s done brilliantly to get Penybont into the league – they’ve been trying for many years. But that friendship gets put aside and rivalries start.

“It’s a great game to look forward to. They’ll be full of enthusiasm for their first game in the Cymru Premier, and we’re full of enthusiasm to try and taste what we’ve done in the past.”

Also commenting on Griffiths, Kayne McLaggon said:

“He knows this league inside out, he’s played in it more than nearly everybody really. So he knows the league, he knows what to expect and he’ll have his players revved up to fight against us.

“There’s no pressure on them. We’ve been in that position before – in my first season here we were new to the league. When there’s no pressure on you, you can go and play a bit more freely. It’s probably good that the cameras are there so hopefully there’s a little bit of pressure on them, something that they’re not used to.

“It’s a bit of derby, they can almost cause an upset and I’m sure the cameras will be expecting an upset, that’s why they’re there! It will be a difficult game for both sides. I think it’s one that if I wasn’t playing in that I’d be watching.”

Tickets will cost £7 at the KYMCO Stadium on Friday night, with concessions priced at £5. Under 15s are free, while you can purchase a programme for £2.50.