BARRY Town United secured promotion at the weekend with a 3-2 win over Grange Quins at the Cardiff International Sports Stadium.
Despite falling behind in the early stages, Barry bounced back with goals from midfielder Troy Greening and forward Ryan Jenkins to lead 2-1 at the interval.
A second from Greening around the hour mark appeared to seal the win, but the resilient Quins fired back from the penalty spot, ensuring a tense final 10 minutes.
Nevertheless, it was to be Barry’s day and, with Cwmamman United failing to win elsewhere, a top three finish and automatic promotion to the Second Division was secured.
At the final whistle, the travelling supporters launched into celebration at their team’s achievement, coming fewer than 250 days after the club won a High Court battle against the Football Association of Wales to ensure its survival in the Macwhirter Welsh League.
Saturday marked only the third time the Barry first team had sealed a promotion in 100 years of football.
The Town had set themselves up for the match in Cardiff with a 6-0 midweek win over Newport Civil Service at Jenner Park.
Goals from James Dixon (two), Jordan Cotterill, Scott Jones, Ryan Evans and Dale Howarth helped Gavin Chesterfield’s side to their 15th home win of the season.
Among the Tuesday night crowd was club historian Jeff McInery, making a welcome return to Jenner Park after his recent ill health.
Barry now have four matches remaining in what has been a most memorable season - away to Cwmamman United (April 23), home to Cwmaman Institute (April 26), home to Rhoose (April 29) and away to Newport Civil Service (May 8).