Welsh League - Barry Town United 3 Llanelli Town 0
1:06pm Wednesday 21st August 2013 in Sport
BARRY Town United began their Welsh League season with a comfortable 3-0 win over Llanelli Town on Tuesday night.
Despite missing several of the players who performed so well on Saturday, the Barry side put in another strong display, entertaining a Jenner Park crowd of over 200.
Their first close effort came on 23 minutes, when Dale Howarth carried the ball down the left flank and squared to Lewis Grant.
Grant's instinctive flick appeared goalbound, only to bounce back off the post and into the waiting hands of the Llanelli goalkeeper.
A minute later, a fine shot from distance by Troy Greening was saved; but Llanelli's resistance would not last.
Making inroads into the Llanelli penalty area, Grant was shoved in the back and awarded a spotkick; which Michael Hartley duly dispatched.
Barry then increased their lead after 38 minutes, when Howarth got the ball onto his favoured left foot and unleashed a terrific shot from distance, straight into the bottom right hand corner of the Llanelli net.
The third came after the interval, and once again came from Hartley, making it three goals in a week for the former Cardiff City man.
Llanelli rarely posed a significant threat to Dan Bradley's goal, but looked a very competent side, who will only improve with familiarity as the season progresses.
Among their party on Tuesday was the former Barry Town legend Gary Lloyd, now serving as coach at Stebonheath Park.
With a first three points of the season in the bag, Barry Town United now look forward to Saturday's league match against Bettws.
The match at Jenner Park is a 2.30pm kick-off, with admission prices set at £4 (adults), £3 (concessions) and £2 (children).