Why Cardiff Met should be wary of rejuvenated Barry Town United
Gavin Chesterfield’s side have taken seven points from a total of nine and the students will need to be attentive of Barry Town United’s threat in the derby on boxing day.
Barry Town United have been in excellent form in recent, including earning a fine point against Bangor Town at home and beating both Carmarthen Town and Prestatyn Town away from home.
They have re-energised their season and they’re now within two points off the all-important sixth place heading into phase two of the JD Welsh Premier League.
There has been a real zest about Barry in recent weeks, and for the first time on Saturday, the Vale of Glamorgan outfit won a game without Kayne McLaggon scoring as two goals apiece from Macauley Southam and Jordan Cotterill handed them a 4-0 home victory.
There has often been a burden on McLaggon, and the stats show that for themselves. The former Merthyr Town man has been in tremendous form, hitting the net on nine times in the Welsh Premier League thus far this season.
He is certainly a man who the Cardiff Met backline will have to keep a close eye on, with his rapid speed and eye for a goal.
The most positive aspect of Barry’s performance on Saturday, though, was the return of form of Jordan Cotterill as he struck his first two goals in the Welsh Premier League and showed what a superb talent he can be.
If he can replicate a similar performance on boxing day, then Met will need to try to stifle the Barry playmaker as he is a key player and he can often find holes in defences, and possesses superb vision.
It is a huge game on boxing day for both teams, not just because it is a local derby, but because of what is riding on the game, with the hosts eyeing up sixth spot and Cardiff Met looking to cement their place in the top four heading into phase two in what should be a fascinating encounter at Jenner Park.