Preview: Barry v Newtown

Kayne McLaggon celebrates a goal
Kayne McLaggon (Image: Rhys Skinner)

by Michael Wicherek

BARRY welcome Newtown to Jenner Park for the first of two matches fresh from beating newly promoted Penybont 3-0.

Gavin Chesterfield’s Barry side sit second in the table just three points behind Connah’s Quay Nomads.

Newtown arrive in South Wales in eighth place and will be looking to close the gap on the Championship round.

The away side come to high-flying Barry with a sound defensive record in comparison to those around them.

Barry’s goal column is modest alongside the other high-flyers in the Welsh Premier League as it looks to be a low-scoring fixture.

Homegrown forward Kayne McLaggon has three goals in his last five games and could be the difference for the home side.

Form Guide

Barry lost three games on the bounce before their 3-0 victory last week.

The home side have only lost one game at Jenner Park this season. This came against top of the table Connah’s Quay who ran out 4-0 winners.

Newtown have only won twice on their travels this season and lost the reverse fixture 3-2 early in October.

From the Dugout

Chesterfield was full of praise for his opponents ahead of the clash. “I think Newtown are a really good football team. I’ve always said that, and we’ve had some really good games in the past against them.”

Looking ahead to next week’s cup fixture, Chesterfield is prioritising the league match.

“It is slightly different when you play each other two weeks in a row at the same venue, but all we can focus on at the moment is the first game in the league, which is the most important one.”

“I’d love to go on another cup run this season, but at the moment we’re a mile away from that. We don’t want to concentrate too much on the cup game at the moment.”