FRESH from their first Welsh Premier League victory for over a decade last weekend, Barry Town United manager Gavin Chesterfield has given his verdict on his side’s start to the campaign.

Town recorded a 2-0 win at home to Newtown last Saturday to kickstart their season, but Chesterfield says he wasn’t concerned by his side’s winless start, after positive displays against TNS, Prestatyn and Aberystwyth.

“As a manager you try and focus on the performance more than anything,” he said.

“In the first three games, while the results haven’t been what we wanted, the performances have been there. In the first game we ended up with a draw and felt hard done by, but that happens.

“Second game we travelled up to Prestatyn and were relatively comfortable for long periods, and then we’ve put a good shift in against the current champions in TNS and lost by one goal there, so all those things give us confidence.

“Going into Saturday we’d had a good week’s training. The boys are building, getting stronger, learning all the time and it was great to get the three points.”

New signing Kayne McLaggon scored twice in Saturday’s win, his first goals for the club since signing from Merthyr Town, and Chesterfield believes his side’s win over Newtown came down to being more ruthless when opportunities came their way.

“We took our chances on Saturday. We’ve got ourselves into good positions, we did against TNS – we missed two one on ones early on – same against Prestatyn.

“The boys did well. You’ve got to understand they’ve stepped up in standard. Physicality, exposure, intensity. Tactically it’s a greater stress as well, so they’re adapting really well at the moment and I’m pleased with where we’re at.”

Barry Town United take on current table toppers Llandudno this weekend, but Chesterfield says the tie holds no fear for his side.

“For us its just another challenge,” he said.

“We’ve played the best team in the league, arguably, in TNS, and we’ve showed there’s nothing to be frightened of.

“We’ve got good players and we can be a match for anyone, so while it’ll be tough, we carry some threats of our own, so we go aiming to put in a good performance.”

But despite a largely positive start to the season, which sees Town sit seventh at this early stage, Chesterfield is not getting carried away.

Asked if he had re-evaluated his side’s prospects based on their displays so far, he said: “No not at all. In terms of aspirations, nothing changes. One game at a time.

“I know its an old cliché but for me it really is the case. We look forward to Llandudno and we go forward from there.”

This weekend’s visit to Llandudno is being streamed live on the FA Wales Facebook page.