Barry players eager for league action

First published in Sport

BARRY Town United finally return to Welsh League action this weekend, with a hotly-anticipated visit to sixth-placed Lliswerry (2pm kick-off).

The Lizards, who were 2-0 victors over Newport CS on Saturday, have played three times in February, with Barry yet to kick a ball in almost a month due to a spate of postponements.

The most recent outing for Gavin Chesterfield's team came in a 4-0 win at Cwmaman on January 25, with the Town dropping into second in the weeks since.

Nevertheless, their league position remains healthy, with 16 wins and two draws from 19 fixtures keeping Barry only four points adrift of leaders Llanwern, with two games in hand.

Lliswerry were promoted back in May, 2013, and have thus far put in a strong account of themselves during their inaugural Welsh League campaign.

Cardiff Grange Quins and Newcastle Emlyn have each been beaten at Spytty Lane, with the home side's 3G surface ensuring there is, thankfully, little danger of a postponement this weekend.

In the previous meeting of Barry and Lliswerry, the Town ran out 4-0 winners on the Saturday before Christmas, with goals from Jordan Cotterill (two) and Michael Hartley.

Following this Saturday's rematch, Barry are set to return to Jenner Park for Tuesday evening's derby against Llantwit Major (kick-off 7.45pm).

After the recent weather saw a number of home games called off, hopes are high that the Jenner Park pitch will be ready for this encounter, with local pride on the line. Barry were 4-1 winners in Llantwit in October, with Hartley (two), TJ Nagi and Ryan Dorrian all making the scoresheet.

Llantwit have, however, enjoyed a decent run of late, winning at both Lliswerry and Quins to nestle in eighth position.

Admission for the Barry/Llantwit match is available on the turnstiles at £4 (adults), £3 (OAPs/students) and £2 (unaccompanied children), with accompanied children welcomed for free.

Finally, everyone associated with the club is sending their best wishes for a full and speedy recovery to long-time club historian Jeff McInery, who was taken seriously ill last week.

Many in the area will be familiar with Jeff from his acclaimed book, 'The Linnets,' which has informed and inspired Barry supporters over two full decades since its publication.

Echoing the thoughts of Town supporters far and wide, the Barry squad sent a special #GetWellJeff message from their Thursday evening training session.

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