HISTORY could be on the horizon this weekend, as Barry Town United attempt to reach a first JD Welsh Cup final since their treble-double season of 2002-03.

Standing in the way of Gavin Chesterfield's side will be six-time winners TNS, with the one-off, semi-final showdown at Newtown's neutral Latham Park marking the first-ever meeting of the teams at this stage.

The Town and the Saints have met twice in Welsh Cup quarter-finals, with Barry prevailing on each occasion, though their most memorable meeting came all the way in the final of 1996, as the club then known as Llansantffraid FC edged past Paul and David Giles' championship-winning team in a dramatic penalty shoot-out; the last resort in separating the sides, after a thrilling 3-3 draw in Cardiff.

In 2001, Barry would secure a measure of revenge, with second-half efforts from Jamie Moralee and Gary Lloyd sealing a 2-0 win over TNS at Wrexham's Racecourse ground; and with it, a fourth Welsh Cup in the history of the Jenner Park club.

However, TNS would prevail in the teams' most recent Welsh Cup meeting, coming from behind to win a Fourth Round tie 5-2 at Jenner Park in the 2015-16 season.

Both Barry goalscorers that day, Jordan Cotterill and Drew Fahiya, are expected to be part of Chesterfield's squad in Newtown this weekend, while the likes of Paul Morgan, Lewis Cosslett and Troy Greening were all involved when the club last appeared in a Welsh Cup semi-final, again at Latham Park, six years ago.

A place in the UEFA Europa League qualifying rounds awaits the tournament winners, with holders Connah's Quay tackling Cardiff Met in Sunday's second semi-final.

Barry's tie with TNS kicks off at 7.30pm this Saturday, with admission via the turnstiles on the night only £8 (adults), £4 (students/65+) and £2 (under 16s).

Supporters wishing to travel by return coach from Jenner Park are advised to contact Leon Ford on 07505 933 972 for departure timings and seat availability.