Preview: Barry Town United v Connah’s Quay Nomads

Nomads looking to maintain unbeaten league record against Barry

Image: Rhys Skinner
Image: Rhys Skinner

UNBEATEN Connah’s Quay Nomads travel to Jenner Park to take on Barry Town United in a top-of-the-table clash on Saturday.

The Nomads occupy top spot in the JD Cymru Premier with only goal difference separating the two sides, although Barry have played a game less.

Barry suffered their first league defeat of the campaign against Caernarfon Town last weekend, while the Nomads earned a 1-1 draw against The New Saints. The result saw Andy Morrison’s men claim a record of 13 league games without tasting defeat.

Morrison joins Chesterfield and TNS boss Scott Ruscoe in the nominees for the Cymru Premier manager of the month for October.

November 3 marked four years since Morrison’s arrival at the Nomads and he will be hoping to celebrate his anniversary with a win.

The teams played out a 1-1 draw in their most recent meeting, with Jonathan Hood cancelling out Michael Wilde’s opener at the Deeside Stadium last season.

Team news

Chesterfield will be able to call upon captain Jordan Cotterill who has been sidelined through suspension since the opening day of the campaign against Penybont.

Barry goalkeeper George Ratcliffe – who was included in Paul Bodin’s Wales Under-21 squad for their upcoming Euro 2021 qualifier against Bosnia and Herzegovina – could also be in contention to return between the sticks.

Cardiff City loanee Ratcliffe missed out on the trip to Caernarfon after dislocating his finger.

Pre-match thoughts

Speaking to Leader Live ahead of the clash, Nomads striker Wilde said: “They [Barry] are a good outfit, with a good manager and good players.

“Coming back against TNS showed what we are like. We’ve got the experience in our squad, we’ve got the belief but most importantly we’ve got team spirit.”

Morrison added: “In the last four years we have set records and this (unbeaten run) is another accolade to be proud of.

“We’ll go to Barry and look to give a great account of ourselves and try to find a way to win the game.”