The Original article was taken from Clwb Pel Droed Website
Barry Town United were dealt a promotion blow by losing for the first time at Jenner Park this season against Goytre, despite controlling the majority of proceedings at Jenner Park.
Barry started electrifying, and were ahead inside six minutes through a header from Callum Sainty, although it looked like it took a deflection. Town were now in the ascendency, and almost doubled their lead through Drew Fahiya, but his delightful chip went agonisingly over the bar. Barry dominated the early proceedings, and were very unlucky not be more than just the goal up.
They were superb in almost every aspect of the pitch, and Sainty’s presence in the air was causing the Goytre defence all kinds of problems, and it was he who almost extended Barry’s lead from a corner, but his header was superbly stopped by Nicky Thomas in the Goytre goal.
But Barry were made to pay following a debatable penalty decision as Sam O’Sullivan stepped up to bury his penalty low into Mike Lewis’ left-hand corner, giving the goalkeeper absolutely no chance. Game on.
It got worse for Barry as Goytre took the lead from a set-piece – Gary Colbourne creeping in at the back-post to slot home, and all of Barry’s hard work was undone in an instance. Goytre were making it hard for Barry, but from an excellent set-piece it looked like Curtis Watkins, the former Cardiff City development captain was brought down in the box, but referee adjudged there was nothing to the challenge.
More good work from Drew Fahiya gave Barry another excellent chance to take the lead from a set-piece, but Chris Hugh’s fizzled in ball came to no avail. There was one more chance for Barry before half-time – TJ Nagi found space in Goytre’s box, but his shot was comfortably saved by Nicky Thomas.
Overall Barry probably didn’t deserve to go in at half-time 2-1 down, but Chesterfield’s men now needed to respond to going behind, but the opposite almost occurred as Curtis Watkins, in a unfamiliar centre-back role cheaply gave away possession, but luckily for Town it came to no avail.
That was a wake-up call for Barry, who then went up the other end, and created a fantastic chance, but TJ Nagi’s effort was rushed, and he blazed over Nicky Thomas’ goal. The second-half was being played at a frantic speed, and Goytre almost doubled their lead, but Mike Lewis was equal to the test to keep Barry in the game.
During the second-half Barry were a constant threat down the left-hand side, with full-back Chris Hugh making some excellent attacking runs, and it was his low ball into the box which gave TJ Nagi another excellent chance, but his sliding in effort crept just wide, into the side netting.
Barry were the better side now, probing the Goytre defence at every given opportunity, but they couldn’t quite break down the Goytre defence to get that all-important equaliser. Town, though, were almost made to pay for pushing too many bodies forward as Goytre broke expertly, but the ever-reliable Mike Lewis in the Barry goal kept them in the game, saving excellently again for the second time in the game.
With Barry losing, it prompted Gavin Chesterfield to make a treble substitution to try to salvage something from the game. Following the changes Barry continued to pressure the Goytre defence, but it just wouldn’t go in for them to the frustration of the Jenner Park faithful. It was defender Luke Cooper who would see his effort go a whisker over next. It almost felt like it was never going to happen for Barry, and it just wasn’t going to be as Barry lost for the first time in the League at Jenner Park this season.
Man of the match – Callum Sainty
Opened the scoring, and his presence was a nightmare for the Goytre defence at times, and almost doubled the lead for Barry, and hadn’t it been for a fine save from Nicky Thomas in the Goytre goal it would have been 2-0. Died out of the game a bit in the second-half, and was taken off by Gavin Chesterfield, but regardless a superb shift put in from the robust midfielder.
Today was obviously a huge blow for Barry who could’ve extended their lead to seven points with a win over Goytre, but instead their lead at the top has been cut to just a point. It didn’t help that Caerau Ely also recorded a 1-0 win over Cambrian & Clydach – that win means they’re also just two points off leaders Barry Town united.
It’s vitally important that Barry respond with a win next week when they face off against 12thplaced Port Talbot Town at Victoria Road. The leaders know it’s all in their hands, but they can’t become complacent, and this would have been stressed to them enough by their manager, Gavin Chesterfield.
Barry still have a game in hand over Goytre and Caerau Ely, who are placed second and third respectively. But like Chesterfield said in the week – there’s still a lot of football to be played in this division. Barry face Haverfordwest County & Caerau Ely next month in what are both set to be crunch-down top of the table clashes at Jenner Park.
If Barry can maintain their phenomenal home form, and keep picking up points away from home then they shouldn’t have a problem in obtaining promotion from the Welsh League Division One, but that’s easier said than done.
Written by Joshua Slack