Barry maintain good start to season
2:42pm Tuesday 27th August 2013 in Sport
BARRY TOWN UNITED 4
BARRY Town United continued their good start to the new season with a this win over Bettws at Jenner Park on Saturday.
Bettws enjoyed the best chance of the opening spell, with Barry goalkeeper Dan Bradley forced into a dynamic top corner save from a direct free-kick.
Barry, though, seized the lead in the 11th minute when in-form forward Jordan Cotterill hit a powerful shot from the edge of the area that was too much for the Bettws goalkeeper to handle. Ryan Dorrian had a good opportunity to double Barry’s advantage, but his right-footed effort flew over the crossbar.
Moments later, chaos in the opposite area saw Bradley crash into one of his own goalposts though, fortunately, the goalkeeper was only winded by the high-impact collision.
On 34 minutes, Lewis Grant scored Barry’s second, coolly brushing the ball past the goalkeeper from 10 yards despite the best efforts of a retreating defender.
A defensive mix-up minutes later, though, almost saw the visitors snatch one back, a Bettws attacker stealing in at the back post.
It was a miss the village club would regret, with Barry’s Dorrian making the most of his second chance, and effectively killing the game off at 3-0, with an impressive individual effort just before the interval.
After the break, Barry had two strong penalty appeals turned down, but were nonetheless able to increase their lead when Cotterill headed home.
Cotterill appeared to have picked up a knock minutes later, but shrugged it off, while a man of the match performance from captain James Saddler helped the home side maintain their advantage.
Bettws’ half-time shirt change, from red to sky blue, did little to revive their fortunes, though it must be considered that this was the opening match of their Welsh League campaign.
Nevertheless, the result made it six points from six for Gavin Chesterfield’s side ahead of this weekend’s return encounter at Bettws (2.30pm kick-off).
Meanwhile, Barry Town United are proud to announce Colin Churchill as their new president. Mr Churchill has been a familiar face at Jenner Park for well over 60 years and, along with wife Sheila, is a much-loved member of the Barry football family.