Gavin Chesterfield hails ‘magnificent’ Barry Town United defence following sensational win over The New Saints

Barry Town United manager Gavin Chesterfield hailed his side’s defensive display after Kayne McLaggon’s second-half strike stunned The New Saints at Park Hall.

Chesterfield was elated with the performance on Saturday afternoon and was full of praise for his side’s defensive astuteness against the defending Welsh Premier League Champions.

“The performances have been there. The lads brought into the game plan to come here and stuck to it diligently, you always know when we come to a place like this against a team like this, who I have to say are an absolute credit. You know you’re going to concede pressure and ground and you have to ride your luck at times but the difference today was we took our chance and I have to say we defended to a man absolutely magnificently,” acknowledged Chesterfield.

The Barry Town United manager, who has now been at the club 10 years also believes the win over The New saints tops the win over Bangor City earlier in the season as being his ‘best ever’ since taking over and admired the character his side showed when grinding out three points against Scott Ruscoe’s side.

“You’ve got to put into context that we are up against a very good team, a very good club who are a winning-machine at the moment so for us to come here on the back of four defeats is huge and I think it shows an insight into the character of this team – never looking for excuses and always looking to the next challenge and that I am really proud of.”

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However, Chesterfield was keen not to get carried away and is fully focused on the next task on Barry Town United’s hands, which is a home game against Llandudno at Jenner Park but is hopeful that the win over The New Saints can spur them on to go on a run which may see them rise up the Welsh Premier League table.

“That’s the hope. All I can control is we train well Tuesday and we train well Thursday and give it our best against Llandudno next Saturday – put a couple of wins together in this league and it soon gets you up there but all we can focus on now is Tuesday night,” admitted Chesterfield.

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