Class of 2014 need point for league title

Barry And District News: TITLE HOPES: Damon Searle (centre), lining up against Cardiff City in the summer, will hope to help bring the league title back to Barry tonight. TITLE HOPES: Damon Searle (centre), lining up against Cardiff City in the summer, will hope to help bring the league title back to Barry tonight.

TWENTY years on from one of Barry's most famous footballing achievements, the class of 2014 will tonight (Thursday) attempt to bring home some silverware of their own.

On May 15, 1994, goals from David D'Auria and David Hough were enough to see off Eddie May's Cardiff City at the old National Stadium and bring the Welsh Cup back to Barry for the first time since 1955.

Among the Bluebirds' side that day was 22-year-old defender Damon Searle. Two decades on, player/coach Searle is now a key part of the Barry Town United set-up and poised to be part of the Town squad this evening at Newport Civil Service; lending his experience to a predominantly young group of players that have already achieved much success this campaign.

After emerging from a tempestuous summer, Barry secured promotion to Welsh League Division Two just over a month ago, and have racked up 87 points from their 35 league games to date.

A further point in this evening's final fixture would see the fan-owned Town capture the Welsh League Division Three title on goal difference, with victory enough to finish two points clear of fellow contenders Llanwern.

Tonight's match in Newport was scheduled to take place last Thursday (May 8), only for a 3pm pitch inspection to rule the surface unplayable after a deluge of rain in the days prior.

Fans wishing to support the team today are reminded that kick-off is at the earlier time of 6.30pm, with the ground located at Shannon Close, Bettws, Newport.

With little more than 90 minutes of the season now remaining, Barry manager Gavin Chesterfield will be hoping his players can produce one more big performance before the summer break to bring the title home.

The club will then celebrate a thrilling promotion season at its annual Awards Gala on Friday, June 6, at the St. David's Hotel.Tickets for the event are available from secretary David Cole on 07557 665 847, and include a three-course meal as well as entertainment from Dean Saunders and Back to November.

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