Match Review: Ton Pentre 1 Barry Town United 3

Barry Town United skipper James Saddler scored his first goal of the season, as his side edged closer to the Welsh League Division One title with a hard-fought victory over Ton Pentre at Ynys Park, in a contest that saw both sides finish with 10 men.

The visitors enjoyed a flurry of early chances, with TJ Nagi seeing an effort tipped onto the bar, but fell behind when Phil Clarke swept home.

However, the hosts self-destructed 10 minutes before the break, as Liam Hutchinson saw red for a rash tackle on the edge of the box, allowing Curtis Watkins to restore parity with the resulting freekick.

Barry’s James Dixon was given his marching orders for kicking out at Clarke shortly after the break, but the visitors regained their composure, with Drew Fahiya and captain Saddler both netting in quick succession to seal the win.

The result leaves Barry five points clear of second-placed Goytre at the top, with just one league defeat to their name since mid-October. In contrast, back-to-back defeats puts Ton Pentre just two points above the relegation zone.