Barry Town United beat Dinas 4-0

Barry Town United beat Dinas 4-0

Lee Baldock controls the ball, as team-mate Bradley O' Loughlin looks on Picture: CIAC IMAGES

Rhys James impressed on his competitive début for the Barry Town senior team. Picture: CIAC IMAGES

James Dixon converts from the penalty spot to score Barry's first of the league season. Picture: CIAC IMAGES

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No fewer than ten Barry-based players were part of the Barry Town squad at the weekend; with the Jenner Park side running out 4-0 winners against neighbours Dinas Powys.

Among their number were the back four of Lee Baldock, Lewis Cosslett, Ryan Evans and Paul Morgan and attacking players James Dixon and Rhys James; both of whom would make the scoresheet in an entertaining opener to the Welsh League Division Two season.

The visitors were forced to make changes early on, after defender Joe Briscombe suffered a concussion and would find themselves a goal adrift in the 12th minute, after Barry captain James Saddler danced his way into the area only to be brought down for a clear penalty.

Dixon rifled the spot-kick high into the top corner to open Barry's account, before Rhys James broke clear and slotted the ball under Dinas goalkeeper James Curtin after 22 minutes to double the Town's advantage. It would be the hometown duo's 25th and first goals for the senior team respectively.

Curtin would recover well to deny Dixon twice, while a Ryan Evans header prompted light-hearted calls for goal-line technology from the Jenner Park grandstand.

Dinas' fortunes, however, would soon turn from bad to worse, with Luke Swaffield shown a straight red card for a tackle on Saddler.

Despite their man disadvantage, the villagers would adapt and contain Barry until the hour mark; when Troy Greening was rewarded for his persistence with an ultimately routine tap-in.

Their best chance for consolation came when Ben Ah-Mun broke away from Barry's Evans, setting up Jack Preston; whose effort crashed off goalkeeper Dan Bradley's near post.

Both Bradley and opposite number Curtin would make some terrific stops; the Dinas goalmouth guardian pulling out a fine fingertip save from Greening, after Bradley had earlier denied Ryan Garland from a free-kick.

The game's stand-out moment though was reserved for injury time; Dale Howarth capping a good performance with a fantastic strike from distance, making the final score 4-0 in Barry's favour.

Gavin Chesterfield would use his full quota of substitutes in the final third, giving valuable game time to Atif Bashir and Bradley O' Loughlin and a competitive senior début for Keir McInery; another product of the club's youth set-up.

This Saturday sees a tough trip to West End (2.30pm kick-off), with Barry supporters advised to travel early to avoid the Swansea City vs Burnley match traffic.

Barry: Bradley, Baldock, Cosslett, Evans, Morgan, Dorrian, Saddler, Greening, R. James, Dixon, Howarth. Subs: Bashir, O' Loughlin, McInery, Owens, Park.

Dinas: Curtin, Akmol, Swaffield, Bloxham, Briscombe, Foote, Garland, K. James, Ah-Mun, Preston, Indjai. Subs: Banguraso, Coles, Johnson, Hales.

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