BARRY Town United have the chance to advance to the quarter-finals of the JD Welsh Cup this Saturday afternoon, with Cefn Druids providing the Fourth Round opponents at Jenner Park.

The match, which will be decided by extra-time and/or penalties, if required, is one of a trio of all-JD Welsh Premier League ties to be played out this weekend, with Carmarthen Town set to renew hostilities with holders Connah's Quay Nomads and Neville Powell's Aberystwyth Town to welcome the 2019 Nathaniel MG Cup winners Cardiff MU.

Those in search of a Fourth Round upset might look north to the isle of Anglesey, where Llangefni Town of the Welsh Alliance host WPL strugglers Llandudno, or west to the New Bridge Meadow, where Welsh League Division One pacesetters Haverfordwest County entertain 2017 cup winners Bala Town.

Another crunch encounter is lined up on the Chester border, where Airbus UK Broughton, flying high in the Huws Gray Alliance, will seek to ground six-time winners TNS, while MG Cup runners-up Cambrian and Clydach Vale will look to continue their progress by seeing off fellow second tier outfit Rhyl.

The pick of Saturday's Fourth Round ties awaits at Nantporth, where Bangor City tackle neighbours and rivals Caernarfon Town in a 7.30pm kick-off, with the S4C cameras broadcasting live.

However, Barry's match against the Druids could well prove the most entertaining of all eight Fourth Round ties, particularly if their most recent league meetings are anything to go by.

Since the Town returned to the JD Welsh Premier League in August 2017, Barry and Druids have split two wins apiece.

In October 2017, late efforts from Lewis Buckley and Ashley Ruane handed Druids a 3-1 comeback win at Jenner Park, after Buckley had cancelled out Kayne McLaggon's first-half opener.

Then, in the following month's return at The Rock, Naim Arsan and Jon Taylor would secure a 2-1 triumph for the home side, in spite of Chris Hugh's equaliser shortly before the hour.

This season, Barry have come from a trailing position on two different occasions to beat their north Wales adversaries.

In September, Druids' Arek Pioskorski netted mere seconds into the match, only for Barry to battle back to a 2-1 victory; goals from Jordan Cotterill and Mo Touray in the 73rd and 92nd minutes respectively turning a compelling game on its head.

Meanwhile, January's recent rematch saw Barry surrender a 1-0 lead to trail 2-1 at the break, before McLaggon, Touray and Cotterill unleashed a string of second-half strikes, enabling the Town to power to a thrilling 5-2 triumph.

With goals raining at The Rock three weeks ago, neutrals might expect another eventful afternoon when the two teams reconvene at Jenner Park on Saturday; yet the importance of the occasion and the nature of the knock-out fixture could serve to make this tie a cagier contest than its free-scoring predecessor.

Indeed, for Druids, the JD Welsh Cup competition offers a route into Europe that could otherwise be beyond them in terms of league positioning, with only a spirited charge into seventh and the resulting play-off berth offering another chance of repeating last season's Europa League adventure.

For Barry, the excitement of mounting a European challenge on two fronts remains, but Gavin Chesterfield's side will need to be on their game to ensure a place in the quarter-final draw.

Since the foundation of the club in 1912, Barry have made the quarters no fewer than 20 times, the most recent being in 2013, when they edged a tense Fourth Round tie with Pontardawe Town 2-1, following goals from Lee Baldock and Ryan Jenkins.

Eight-time winners around the turn of the 20th century, Druids have been to the Welsh Cup Final as recently as 2012, beating Caernarfon Town, Coedporth United, Connah’s Quay, Prestatyn Town, Aberystwyth and Airbus, before losing 2-0 to TNS.

Strangely, despite their lengthy and occasionally intertwined histories, Saturday's match will be only the third meeting between Barry and Druids in the JD Welsh Cup tournament.

The first, in 1956-57, saw the Town beat the Druids 7-2 at Jenner Park in another Fourth Round tie, as Billy Hanbury scored one of a handful of hat-tricks in Barry colours.

It was a matchday that saw two goals for Paddy Clinch, while Jim Gray and the Scotsman Bob McLaren rounded off the scoring.

The other meeting came in 2014-15 when Steve Blenkinsop would claim the matchball as Druids beat Barry 5-2 at The Rock.

Fourth-tier Barry had trailed 2-0 that afternoon, before Ryan Evans and Michael Hartley gave hope to the Jenner Park outfit.

This season's path to the Fourth Round saw Barry see off a game Penybont team 4-1 in extra-time, with Touray, Jonathan Hood, Louis Gerrard and Macauley Southam-Hales all making the scoresheet, while Druids were 3-1 winners at Ynysddu Welfare.

Admission for the Barry vs Druids JD Welsh Cup Fourth Round match this Saturday (26th January) is £7 (adults), £5 (senior citizens/students) and £3 (children) at the turnstiles.