Are Barry Town United making a discrete title challenge following their scintillating start at home in the JD Welsh Premier League?
Barry Town United have been in superb form at home so far this season, and made it six wins from a possible seven following a narrow win over Bala Town at Maes Tegid on Saturday afternoon.
Momodou Touray’s third goal of the season proved decisive as they moved to within a point of league leaders The New Saints, after the defending Champions drew 1-1 away to Newtown at Layham Park.
But where Barry have been so effective is at home, where they have, one again, turned Jenner Park into a fortress. They’re playing a really attractive brand of football under Gavin Chesterfield this season and are no doubt a force to be reckoned with, especially in an attacking sense.
So, why have they been so successful in the JD Welsh Premier League so far and what do they need to do to carry on this momentum moving forward – with the Linnets currently sitting third overall in the table.
Their marauding, attacking full-backs…
This proved to be the case in their latest clash, against Llanelli Town. Both Macauley Southam-Hales and Chris Hugh showed their quality and have become a big part of Barry’s attack so far this season.
They were both a huge threat – and for them to maintain this astonishing home form, they will both need to continue in their current vein of form. Wales C international, Hugh, has been excellent of late – scoring two goals in two games.
Southam-Hales has also been a constant menace down the right-hand side and put in a man of the match performance in their last home game against Llanelli Town, as they won 5-2 as the visitors ended the game with nine men.
Momodou Touray has been some signing…
What a signing. Momodou Touray is proving to be one of the signings of the summer. The Newport County loanee has been superb so far in a Barry shirt and has flourished in the short time he has spent in the JD Welsh Premier League.
He has been excellent at holding up the ball and bringing other players into the attack, and he will no doubt be pivotal for the Linnets moving forward.
The young 19-year-old is playing with real confidence at the moment and despite only scoring twice in 10 games, he has shown what a big problem he can be for Welsh Premier League defences this season. If he continues to perform, the goals will follow. He is a highly intelligent forward, who possesses huge potential.
Take every game as it comes…
On their day, Barry are capable of beating anyone. They showed that on the weekend when beating Bala Town away from home – and that will give them huge confidence heading into their next home game, which won’t be easy by any means, against Llandudno Town.
They will then face-off against the top two – Connah’s Quay Nomads on the road, before hosting The New Saints at home in what will be a test of Barry’s resilience to show if they’re really title contenders in the JD Welsh Premier League this season.
(Featured image: Rhys Skinner)