Gavin Chesterfield commends ‘magnificent’ season for Barry Town United despite European play-off semi-final loss to Cardiff Met

Barry Town United manager Gavin Chesterfield admitted his side weren’t good enough against Cardiff Met in the European play-off semi-final as they lost 4-1, but praised their remarkable first season back in the Welsh Premier League for 13 years.

Chesterfield was quick to praise his players following the loss. “My players have been fantastic all season, I am not going to have a go at them after that,” he admitted.

“We didn’t perform today, but rather than concentrating on that, I give all my congratulations to Cardiff Met and wish them the best of luck for the final against Cefn Druids next week.”

“It has been a great season, I won’t let today spoil what has been a relatively good season for us. My boys have been magnificent, but we just didn’t perform on the day.”

Barry’s step-in goalkeeper Joe Massaro struggled, but Met were clinical as their electrifying strike force proved to be too good for the Linnets and Chesterfield alluded to the fact that they didn’t deal with the situation of losing number one goalkeeper, Mike Lewis.

“It is tough in some cases, injuries happen, suspensions happen. If you ask me if I was happy about it, I would say no. We had to deal with the situation, but ultimately, we didn’t.”

(Featured image: Will Cheshire)

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