Big win marred by injury to winger Hartley

GOALSCORER: Scorer of one of Barry Town United's nine goals against Pontypridd, Troy Greening closes in on an opponent.

FREE KICK: Overseen by Michael Hartley, Ryan Evans and Jordan Cotterill prepare a free kick against Pontypridd, while Ryan Jenkins and Paul Morgan assess the route to goal.

FREE KICK: Overseen by Michael Hartley, Ryan Evans and Jordan Cotterill prepare a free kick against Pontypridd, while Ryan Jenkins and Paul Morgan assess the route to goal.

First published in Sport

IT WAS a landmark week down at Jenner Park for Barry Town United as Gavin Chesterfield's side scored their 100th goal of the season before earning their biggest win of the campaign.

In midweek against Grange Quins, a scoreless game came to life in the 47th minute when Barry defender Ryan Evans hit an exquisite right-footed volley on the turn from outside the penalty area, breaking the deadlock with significant skill. Evans then laid claim to the evening's man of the match award, dispatching a direct free kick from distance to double the home side's advantage.

Barry reached their goalscoring century when forward James Dixon made it three before strike partner Jordan Cotterill completed proceedings with his 20th of the campaign.

The visitors, who counted former Barry and Liverpool midfielder Layton Maxwell among their number, provided a good test for long sections of the Town's first home game in a month.

However, they were blown away in the second half by an inspired Barry side, who could have had more if not for a string of outstanding saves by Quins goalkeeper David Burnett.

On Saturday the club welcomed Pontypridd Town for a fixture with historic connotations.

One hundred years ago, the first ever meeting of Barry and Pontypridd at Jenner Park ended in a goalless draw, but this weekend saw the visitors no match for the home side, whose exciting attacking football steered them to a record victory.

After top goalscorer Cotterill opened the scoring with a low free kick in the 10th minute, Pontypridd stabilised and appeared to be playing their way back into the match.

However, Cotterill's second extinguished their flame of recovery before attacker Ryan Jenkins scored possibly the team goal of the season, slotting home to conclude a fine passing move right before the interval.

Three goals to the good, Barry were playing some fine football in the late-March sunshine. Unfortunately, though, the afternoon was tainted by a serious leg injury to winger Michael Hartley, which saw the popular winger leave the field on a stretcher.

The club is awaiting news of a scan this week, and will hope for the best possible news for the former Cardiff City man, who has scored 16 times in competitive play this season.

Reacting well to the setback, Barry soon found themselves four goals ahead as midfielder Troy Greening hit a grass-cutting drive low into the bottom corner. Four became five minutes later as Cotterill hit his hat-trick to further delight the spectators.

After the classy Jenkins scored another to make it six, wide man Dale Howarth was rewarded for his efforts with a goal of his own, while central man Scott Jones added his name to the scoresheet with some style to make it 8-0 to Barry.

Having matched their biggest win of the season, Town pressed for a ninth and it came in the dying moments as Evans' header hit the crossbar, and then the goalkeeper, before being swept in by Cotterill for his fourth of the game.

While Llanwern maintained their five-point lead at the top of the division, Barry still hold two games in hand, and will host another double-header at Jenner Park this week against two teams they are still to play at all this season.

On Saturday afternoon, Cwmaman United make the trip east from the Amman Valley for a 2.30pm kick-off, whilst Tuesday night sees Newport Civil Service come to town (7.45pm).

Admission at the Barry Road and Gladstone Road turnstiles for each match is £4, with concessions for senior citizens, students and children.

With only seven games to play, an exciting end to the season is in the offing, and the club welcomes all new supporters to join them at Jenner Park in support of the entertaining and dedicated Barry team.

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