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Barry Town United vs The New Saints | JD Cymru Premier preview

We begin our 2020/21 JD Cymru Premier campaign this afternoon by hosting The New Saints (kick-off 2:30pm).

It is just over three weeks since our Europa League defeat to NSI Runavík, and the squad have been eager ever since to right the wrongs from the Faroe Islands. Friendlies against AFC Bitton, Swansea City Under 23s and Haverfordwest have proved excellent preparation for the season ahead.

A week after our Europa League exit, The New Saints were in action in the competition’s first qualifying round, and beat Slovakian side MSK Zilina 3-1 at home after extra-time to set up an away trip to B36 Torshavn of the Faroe Islands in the second qualifying round.

That fixture is in three days’ time, but for now their focus will be on the Cymru Premier as they look to regain top spot in the table. It is the first time since 2011 that the Oswestry outfit will not begin the season as title holders after Connah’s Quay Nomads were declared champions on a points-per-game basis in May when the decision was taken to curtail the league due to the coronavirus pandemic.  

Of the four meetings between these two sides last season, TNS won two, Barry won one and there was one draw. Both of Scott Ruscoe’s side’s victories came at Jenner Park, while both of our trips to Park Hall were ones to remember. In phase one, Evan Press’s first goal for the club – a bullet strike from outside of the box – secured a 1-0 win. Then in what proved to be our final game before lockdown, we drew 2-2 thanks to an Aeron Edwards own goal in second half stoppage time, having trailed 2-0 at half-time.

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.    

Looking ahead to the game, Gavin Chesterfield said:

“The first game of the season is always exciting as all teams embark upon a new adventure. However, this year the emotions are slightly different as I didn’t expect the season to start in September. Regardless as a club we are determined to attack the season and be as competitive as ever. TNS will be formidable opponents but we have prepared well and as always we are excited by the challenge.”

The New Saints vs Barry Town United | JD Cymru Premier Preview

The JD Cymru Premier resumes tonight as Barry Town United travel to Park Hall to face The New Saints live on Sgorio (kick-off 8pm).

It has been a difficult start to phase two for the reigning champions, with defeats to Newtown and Connah’s Quay Nomads either side of a 1-1 draw with Bala Town leaving Scott Ruscoe’s side four points behind league leaders the Nomads. If they fail to win this evening, it would be the first time in 14 years that TNS will have gone four league games without a victory. However, they did return to winning ways in the JD Welsh Cup last weekend with a 6-1 win over Newtown, as four goals from Dean Ebbe saw them progress to the semi-finals.

Meanwhile, Barry’s last outing was a 1-1 draw with Caernarfon Town at Jenner Park a fortnight ago. Mo Touray capitalised on a defensive mistake to give us the lead just after the hour mark, but the Cofis equalised almost instantly when Darren Thomas scored from close range. It means that we go into tonight’s game in fourth place, seven points off Bala in third but with a game in hand.

The last meeting between Barry and TNS ended 4-1 to the Saints at Jenner Park in December, however Gavin Chesterfield’s side are unbeaten in their last two visits to Park Hall. Evan Press’ thunderbolt and some heroic defending secured a 1-0 victory in Oswestry earlier this season, whilst a 96th minute free-kick from Jonathan Hood rescued a 2-2 draw one year ago.

David Cotterill has unfortunately been ruled out on tonight’s game with a hamstring problem, whilst Clayton Green remains suspended after reaching the limit for number of yellow cards received. Callum Sainty and Troy Greening remain injured, but Robbie Patten, Jack Compton and Keyon Reffell all returned to the matchday squad against Caernarfon a fortnight ago and will hope to be involved again tonight.

Tickets at Park Hall for this game will cost £8 for adults, £4 for concessions and £1 for juniors.

Barry Town United vs The New Saints | JD Cymru Premier Preview

Barry Town United return to JD Cymru Premier League action tonight as league leaders The New Saints visit Jenner Park (kick-off 8pm).

Town suffered a disappointing 1-0 defeat to Newtown in the Welsh Cup last weekend, as Kieran Mills-Evans’s 87th minute goal saw The Robins progress to the fourth round at our expense. The scoreline was identical when the two teams met in the league a week earlier, meaning Barry find themselves fourth in the table going into this evening.

The New Saints meanwhile come into tonight’s fixture on the back of two emphatic results – a 9-0 win over third tier Mold Alexandra in the Welsh Cup last weekend and a 12-0 thrashing against Airbus in the Cymru Premier a fortnight ago. Scott Ruscoe’s side are unbeaten in seven league games, and currently hold a one point lead at the top of the table. Largely thanks to their victory over Airbus, they are comfortably the highest scorers in the league with 49 goals, while they have the third best defence with 16 goals conceded.

Barry defeated TNS in the first meeting of the season between the two sides back in September as Evan Press’s first goal for the club secured a memorable 1-0 victory at Park Hall. The teenager’s thunderbolt from outside the box flew past Paul Harrison in the 24th minute, while a few superb saves from George Ratcliffe and some excellent Barry defending meant we headed back to South Wales with three points for the second time in three seasons – following another 1-0 win in November 2017 thanks to Kayne McLaggon’s goal. TNS won both of their games at Jenner Park last season – 2-0 in phase one and 4-0 in phase two.

Gavin Chesterfield has no fresh injury concerns ahead of tonight’s game, but Jack Compton, Robbie Patten and Troy Greening all remain injured.

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

The New Saints vs Barry Town United | JD Cymru Premier Preview

The top two in the JD Cymru Premier League go head-to-head today as Barry Town United visit The New Saints (kick-off 2:30pm).

TNS held the top spot for 24 hours last weekend as they came from 2-0 down to beat Carmarthen Town 6-2 on the Saturday, but Barry reclaimed pole position on the Sunday as Chris Hugh’s superb solo goal defeated Cefn Druids 1-0. The victory maintained our unbeaten start to the league campaign, something we’ll be hoping to continue this afternoon in addition to our 100% away record, with three wins from three on the road so far.

Of course the challenge ahead of us is a tough one, with Scott Ruscoe’s side the perennial champions of the Welsh top flight, having won the title in each of the last eight seasons. They have lost just once in the Cymru Premier so far in 2019/20 – a 3-1 defeat to Bala Town on matchday two. Since then, TNS have scored 21 goals in five league matches, with two apiece from Aeron Edwards, Greg Draper and Kurtis Byrne seeing them to victory against Carmarthen last weekend. Their most recent fixture though, a Nathaniel MG Cup clash against Bangor City on Tuesday, ended in disappointment, as they lost on penalties to the Cymru North side after a 1-1 draw in normal time.

Our last visit to Park Hall had a dramatic finish, as Jonathan Hood’s 96th minute bullet free-kick back in February secured a 2-2 draw against a TNS side who had won six league games in a row without conceding a goal beforehand. Kayne McLaggon had earlier pulled a goal back from the penalty spot after we went two goals behind. The Oswestry-based side won the other three league meetings between the two clubs last season, as well as beating us in the Welsh Cup semi-finals.

Ahead of this afternoon’s game, Gavin Chesterfield’s attacking options have been boosted by the expected returns of both Jack Compton and Keyon Reffell from injury. Troy Greening and Robbie Patten remain sidelined, while Callum Sainty was stretchered off against Cefn Druids last week and is also unavailable. Jordan Cotterill is suspended.

Tickets at Park Hall for this game will cost £8 for adults, £4 for concessions and £1 for juniors.