A 95th-minute penalty from Carmarthen Town’s Liam Thomas turned Wales’ title race on its head last Saturday, allowing a victorious Barry Town United to wrap up Phase One of the two-stage campaign on top of the JD Welsh Premier League.

Two early strikes from Momodou Touray, his tenth and eleventh goals of the season, helped Barry to a 2-1 triumph over Aberystwyth Town at Jenner Park, with the hosts fending off the Seasiders’ second-half efforts, in spite of Porya Ahmadi’s 65th-minute free-kick.

However, the biggest drama came at Richmond Park, as Carmarthen overturned a two-goal deficit against Connah’s Quay Nomads in the dying stages, despite losing Lewis Baldwin to a late sending-off; their 3-2 win enabling Barry to leapfrog the Nomads in unexpected fashion.

As a result, The New Saints’ dominance of Phase One has finally come to an end, with 2018-19 marking the first in seven seasons that TNS have not closed the opening phase on top.

With all of the sides in the JD Welsh Premier League having played the other twice, the division will split into two seperate six-team conferences for its final phase, with Barry, Connah’s Quay, TNS, Newtown, Bala and Caernarfon in the Championship Conference.

Leaders Barry will embark on ten Phase Two fixtures to complete their league season, playing all of their Championship Conference opponents again, both home and away.

Barry’s Phase Two campaign will kick off on Saturday 2nd February with the long trip to Caernarfon Town (2.30pm kick-off), before welcoming Bala Town to Jenner Park on Saturday 9th February in a match that will be broadcast live on S4C (7.30pm).

On Saturday 16th February, Gavin Chesterfield's team travel to Park Hall to challenge champions The New Saints (2.30pm), while Connah's Quay Nomads come to Barry in another Sgorio showdown on Saturday 23rd February (7.30pm).

With the quarter-finals of the JD Welsh Cup taking centre stage on February's final weekend, Barry's JD Welsh Premier League adventures resume on Saturday 9th March, as the squad heads to Latham Park to tackle Newtown (2.30pm).

Then, following a brief interlude for the England vs Wales C international at Salford City's Peninsula Stadium on Tuesday 19th March, Barry return home to Jenner Park on Saturday 23rd March, where Caernarfon Town will be the visitors in a provisional 2.30pm kick-off.

After the the JD Welsh Cup semi-finals are contested at the end of March, Barry return to Bala Town’s Maes Tegid ground on Saturday 6th April, while a strong crowd is expected when The New Saints travel to Jenner Park for a marquee match on Saturday 13th April.

As with Barry’s trip to Connah's Quay Nomads on Saturday 20th April, each of these matches is scheduled for 2.30pm, though might yet be moved for television coverage.

Barry's final fixture of the league campaign will be on Friday 26th April, when they entertain Newtown at Jenner Park, the same night that TNS host Connah's Quay Nomads at Park Hall, with both matches scheduled for 7.45pm.

This Saturday, Jenner Park will host the 2018-19 Nathaniel MG Cup Final, with legendary Barry goalkeeper Dan Bradley poised to feature for his Cambrian and Clydach Vale side against opponents Cardiff MU (7.30pm).

Meanwhile, Town’s quest for a seventh JD Welsh Cup resumes on Saturday 26th January, as Barry entertain Cefn Druids at Jenner Park (2.30pm), with a place in the quarters at stake.

Off the field, the club was saddened to learn of the passing of loyal supporter Phillip Denley, a lifetime Barry fan who consistently travelled from Port Talbot to watch his team at Jenner Park.

A tribute to Phillip was paid over the tannoy after Saturday night’s win against Aberystwyth.