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MATCH REPORT: Town earn first win of the season. Bala defeated at Jenner Park.

Barry 3-1 Bala Town

Jenner Park, Barry / JD Cymru Premier / Saturday 23 September 2023

Attendance: 374

The Town’s summer signing Ollie Hulbert pulled the strings with a first half brace before a superbly dominant defensive performance in the second period, which included captain Kayne McLaggon assuring the result with 15 minutes to play.


Bala had chance of a fightback when substitute Josh Ukek sent an off-balanced effort off the underside of the ‘bar and in on 72 minutes, but the outcome was ultimately decided as 3-1 thanks to the hosts’ early dominance.


After a bright start, a mix-up at the back led to a two-on-two with McLaggon slipping through Hulbert to put the Town one-up with ease inside 12 minutes.


The 21-year-old added to his earlier tally on the stroke of half-time with a scrambled clearance falling to Hulbert to fire home his fifth of the season from close range.


McLaggon put the Bala hopes to sleep after the visitors pulled one back, beating the offside trap to calmly put a one-on-one effort past Kelland Absalom.


A dangerous free-kick from the visitors in the ninth minute tested Mike Lewis early, preventing an effort from sailing into top corner.


Barry weren’t shy with getting numbers into the box directly after, Hulbert once again with a chance before the recycled attack had a spectacular McLaggon overhead effort saved.

Kayne McLaggon overhead kick. Copyright Perry Dobson


McLaggon missed a chance to double the lead later on in the half when Harrison Bright went on a run down the right-hand side, squaring a low cross to the Town captain who sent his effort over the crossbar.


Within three minutes of the second half starting, Barry were dangerous with two attacks from long throw-ins. First, McLaggon heading off the crossbar from Davies’ throw, before Keenan Patten blazed over at the back post on the second effort.


Bala fought back into the game while the Town looked to shut up shop defending their two-goal lead but ultimately a solid performance from the Barry backline, including a couple of brilliant last ditch saves from Mike Lewis kept the visitors out to produce the first three points of the season.

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MATCH REPORT: TOWN DEFEATED AT HOME

Barry Town 1-4 Connah’s Quay

Jenner Park / JD Cymru Premier / Saturday 9 September 2023

Attendance: 478

Barry were denied their first win in the JD Cymru Premier as Connah’s Quay Nomads came from behind to pick up all three points at Jenner Park.

The Town fell to a 4-1 defeat despite taking the lead through Ollie Hulbert, after a Jordan Davies brace and goals from Jack Kenny and John Disney flipped the result on its head.

After withstanding pressure from The Nomads for the opening stages, Ollie Hulbert headed home from a third corner in quick succession for Barry. Whipped in by Jamie Veale, the 21-year-old Hulbert secured his third goal in six games for his new club.

Minutes after, Davies had an equaliser disallowed for the Nomads, but he found the net late in the first half with a header from close range to level the game.

Kenny took just three minutes after the equaliser to put the Nomads ahead, tapping home a low cross from close range just before half-time.

The Town looked to counter throughout with Kayne McLaggon going close, notably forcing a smart save whilst the score goalless early in the first half.

Davies made up for an earlier chance to kill off the game in the second half with a 65th minute strike from the edge of the area to double his tally.

With Connah’s Quay coasting around the pitch, a quick move around the penalty area gave the captain, Disney a goal with a ball squared across the six-yard box for a simple tap in. The game was brought to a close but not before a Chris Hugh free kick forced an outstanding save from Rushton in the Nomads goal. 

The Town travel on Saturday 16th September to Newtown in search of their first win despite positive displays by Steve Jenkins’ men. 

Image courtesy of Perry Dobbins Photography

Steve Jenkins and Damien Flynn pictured at Pontypridd United. Image by Perry Dobbins Photography.

MATCH REPORT: PONTYPRIDD AWAY

Pontypridd United 1-0 Barry Town

USW Sports Park / JD Cymru Premier / Saturday 2 September 2023

Attendance: 479
Steve Jenkins and Damien Flynn at Pontypridd United. Image by Perry Dobbins Photography

A controversial first-half penalty was the only difference between the two sides at the USW Sports Ground in Treforest last Saturday.


Barry manager Steve Jenkins had a busy few days in the transfer window last week, bringing in loan signings Harrison Bright from Newport County and Ben Blythe from Swansea City, both defenders.


The Pontypridd line-up featured no fewer than four former Barry Town players, as well as former Barry manager, Lee Kendall, on the sidelines.


The game’s key moment took place in the 18th minute when Barry defender Callum Sainty shrugged off the challenge of Curtis Jemmett-Hutson in the box and was shocked to see the assistant referee flagging for a foul.


Pontypridd’s Ben Ahmun scored the resulting penalty, sending his shot low to the left of Barry ‘keeper Mike Lewis.


Barry’s best opportunity of the first half came when Jamie Veale’s free-kick forced Ponty’s George Ratcliffe to dive full length to his right.


At the other end, Ahmun hit the post, having cut inside his marker.


With fifteen minutes remaining, Ponty went down to ten men when Ethan Vaughan saw his second yellow card of the match.


Barry pushed up to try and force an equaliser. From a corner, Sam Snaith saw his downward header cleared off the line.


Minutes later, fellow substitute Lucas Tomlinson took the ball past Ratcliffe, but his shot was again stopped on the line by the outstretched leg of Ben Margetson.


Defender Ben Blythe, on his debut, also forced Ratcliffe into action, his far post header being saved.

However, Barry’s search of an equaliser left them vulnerable to Ponty’s counter-attack.

On one occasion, Corey Sheppard outpaced the defence but fired wide, while late in the game, Mike Lewis pulled off excellent one-on-one saves, firstly from Clayton Green and then from Curtis Rees.


Barry welcome Connah’s Quay Nomads to Jenner Park on Saturday, kick-off at 2:30pm.

Image courtesy of Perry Dobbins Photography

Barry Town United 1-0 Carmarthen Town | JD Cymru South | Match Report

Liam Warman scored the only goal before half time, after the red mist descended on Old Gold captain Greg Walters.

The result leaves Barry top of the table and four points clear of second placed Llanelli Town, while Carmarthen remain in fourth, nine points behind Barry.

With both sides in the upper echelons of the Cymru South table, attack was certainly going to be the recipe for success, and the opening half produced just that.

For large periods of the first half, it was Carmarthen who had the better chances. Thomas Dyson and Liam Thomas having half chances, but they came to nothing, but they were certainly in the ascendancy.

Then the game changed on the half hour mark. Greg Walters fouled Kayne McLaggon, and after the referee awarded the free kick, Walters kicked McLaggon, who was lying in pain on the floor. The referee had no option but to send him off, in what was a bonkers decision from the away captain.

The sending off certainly boosted Barry’s confidence as they pushed themselves up field and took the lead seven minutes before the half time break.

McLaggon laid the ball of to Liam Warman on the edge of the area. His shot took a deflection and looped over a back-pedalling Nicholas Jones, who had no chance of saving it, and Barry were in the lead at the break.

There’s no doubting Barry were looking to turn the screw after the break, and almost doubled their lead. Jordan Cotterill’s effort looked destined to nestle in the net, but Matthew Delaney made a goal line clearance to keep the deficit to one.

Warman then had a chance to convert a Josh Graham cross, but he couldn’t get any connection on it. If he did, the lead would have been doubled.

For large swathes of the second half, however, the game was played in Carmarthen’s half, and a combination of Barry not executing in the final third and Carmarthen not able to get out and counter made for a tough watch at times.

Carmarthen did find themselves further up the field in the final stages of the game, but their efforts came to nothing, and they left Jenner Park defeated.

Barry will face Cwmbran Celtic at Jenner Park next week, while Carmarthen will welcome Taffs Well to Richmond Park.

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Cambrian and Clydach 1-2 Barry Town United | JD Cymru South | Match Report

A return to league action last Friday night saw Barry return to winning ways and continue their impressive winning streak in the league.

Cambrian started the game brightest and after 19 minutes they were rewarded for their efforts when Liam Eason dispatched a penalty for the home side.

By half time Barry would have felt hard done by to go in 1-0 down having created a number of good chances that Johnson the Cambrian keeper was able to save.

The pattern of play continued into the second half and after 56 minutes Liam Warman cut inside from the left hand side and stuck a thunderous shot into the top right corner giving Barry their equaliser.

With the equaliser found, Barry continued their ascendancy and 10 minutes later Mclaggon found himself through over the top. Crossing the ball across the box, Jordan Cotterill was on hand to convert the chance and give Barry all three points.

Although a late chance for Cambrian could have seen them seal a draw, Mike Lewis was one hand to make a fantastic save to keep Barry in the lead and see out the result.

Barry Town United 0-2 Gresford | FAW JD Welsh Cup | Match Report

Barry’s first match with Gresford Athletic saw the Wrexham area club advance into the fourth round of the Welsh Cup.

Barry failed to gel against their Cymru North opponents, with a goal-less first half that neither club were able to control.

Gresford were the better side in the second half, with Dominic Deacon’s shot forcing Mike Lewis to tip the ball over the bar.

The visitors took the lead through Charlie Mann in the 63rd minute, having increased the pressure on the Barry defence.

Barry tried to force an equaliser, but failed to seriously trouble Jonathan Hill-Dunt, the former Prestatyn goalkeeper in the Gresford goal.

With the minutes ticking away, Barry continued to pressurise to try and get a goal to take the match to penalties, but, at the other end, substitute Jacob Barratt scored in the 93rd minute to secure the win for the away team.

Barry Town United 2-1 Trefelin | JD Cymru South | Match Report

Gavin Chesterfield’s final match in charge of Barry Town saw the club take all three points and extend their lead at the top of the JD Cymru South.

Following a pre-match celebration of Gav’s time at the club, the home side took the lead almost before the fans had quietened, Josh Graham smashing through the visitors’ defence to fire home within the box, with an assist from Kayne McLaggon.

When Luke Cooper headed in from a corner at the back post to make it 2-0 after 11 minutes, it looked as if Barry were going to romp to victory, but Trefelin had other ideas, scoring almost immediately through Joseph Jones to make it 2-1.

From then on, it became a tense match, with both defences performing well to stop the forwards from taking advantage, and no further goals coming.

In the second half, Barry hit the top of the post with a long range cross-shot from the right wing, while Trefelin clearly felt aggrieved by having a penalty shout refused with around twenty minutes remaining.

The day was all about saying goodbye to Gav. Fortunately, the team were able to secure the win and ensure the continuation of an unbroken Cymru South winning record for three months since early August.

Swansea University 0-3 Barry Town United | JD Cymru South | Match Report

On a first ever visit to Swansea University, Barry never looked in danger of dropping points, staying top of the Cymru South and keeping a clean sheet.

The visitors took a seventh minute lead, with Warman crossing from the right, Cotterill controlling the ball in the middle and Kayne McLaggon firing home.

Barry doubled their advantage after 22 minutes, Warman again crossing from the right, and McLaggon ghosting past the defence to score a tap-in.

McLaggon had a first half penalty saved by the Swansea Uni keeper, but scored his hat-trick from the spot midway through the second half after Barry were awarded a second spot-kick.

Mike Lewis was generally untroubled in the Barry goal, keeping a clean sheet as Barry finished a second successive matchday on top of the Cymru South table.

Barry Town United 3-1 Llanelli Town | JD Cymru South | Match Report

Barry went top of the JD Cymru South after taking a commanding three goal lead in the first half at Jenner Park.

Town took the lead in the 26th minute after Kayne McLaggon released Liam Warman on the Barry right and he fired low past the Llanelli keeper.

Barry made it 2-0 after 35 minutes. Josh Graham’s low cross from the left was met by Kayne McLaggon, whose shot from just inside the box eluded the keeper.

McLaggon made it 3-0 just before the break, scoring from the spot when Barry were awarded a penalty for a foul on Chris Hugh.

Barry found themselves down to ten men just before the hour mark when Curtis McDonald was shown a red card for a dangerous challenge, but despite the Reds pulling a goal back through Josef Hopkins in the 75th minute, the home side held on to go top of the league.