Can Barry Town United secure famous European play-off spot against Newtown?
After an astonishing second half of the campaign, can Barry Town United secure an astonishing play-off spot this Sunday against Newtown?
Absolutely is the answer. Barry have been brilliant, winning every single game in Phase Two of the Welsh Premier League thus far.
Gavin Chesterfield’s side have been nothing short of sensational, but the Barry manager remains cool, calm and collected ahead of the remaining games this season.
He admitted after the win against Prestatyn at home that his side are taking it game by game. It is the attitude and application that Barry have is what makes them such a force to be reckoned with and if they can maintain that, they will secure a play-off spot this coming Sunday.
After a stuttering first half of the campaign, you thought that Barry might struggle to reach the heights they have found now. But somehow they have, and they deserve to be where they’re.
The side have adapted an attractive brand of football – and they are ever so close to securing that elusive play-off spot.
Of course it won’t be easy for them to reach Europe, but they have definitely given themselves an excellent chance of doing exactly that.
The January signings have definitely helped, too. They have performed at a consistent level, as well as the improved performances of playmaker Jordan Cotterill, who has been a joy to watch at times.
It is time for everyone to step up and be counted now. They’re close to getting over the line and a point on Saturday would mean they’re there, but they need to ensure to concentrate. They cannot afford to become complacent at any costs.
There is a sense something special maybe on the cards. But Sunday won’t be an easy game and the most important thing for Chesterfield’s troops is ensuring they come away with the three points.
If they do, then the hard work will really start. It has been a brilliant ride and a superb JD Welsh Premier League for Barry Town United for their first time back in the league for 13 years.
No matter what happens from here, their season will be branded somewhat of a success. But booking a place among the European elite would cap off what has been a quite remarkable second-half of the campaign for Gavin Chesterfield and Barry Town United.
(Featured image: Rhys Skinner)