Chesterfield leaps praise on industrious Cambrian & Clydach
Barry Town United manager Gavin Chesterfield has praised Cambrian & Clydach Vale for their showing against his side on Saturday night.
The Welsh League outfit put in a battling performance as they narrowly missed out on their first ever JD Welsh Cup semi-final.
Stand-in captain Mark Crutch equalised for Cambrian, having initially fell behind to Kayne McLaggon’s opener. They then took a shock lead through former Barry player Sam Jones who netted before the break. However, two second-half goals from Kayne McLaggon sent the Welsh Premier League side through to the next round.
Chesterfield said: “I give Cambrian huge credit. They showed huge togetherness, huge quality and made for a really good cup tie. I wish them the absolute best for the rest of the season.
“I’m hugely respectful to them as a team and as a club.”
Cambrian & Clydach have had a fairytale season, having reached the final of the Nathaniel MG Cup, only to narrowly lose out to Cardiff Metropolitan, having beaten four Welsh Premier League sides on their route to the final.
They’ve tasted just three defeats since the end of September, with two of those coming at the hands of top-flight opposition.
Goalkeeper Dan Bradley who spent over a decade at Barry Town United was presented with his final match-worn shirt for the club after the game.
“They’re good honest Rhondda lads. They’re hard-working, they’re industrious and they’ve got good quality. They’ve got a good togetherness. If you throw all those ingredients into the mix and the cake will taste good.
“I wish them all the best, I’ve got some good friends there who are doing some good things for Rhondda football and Welsh football.”
Barry Town United now return to League action when they travel to Newtown, whilst they await their fate for the draw of the JD Welsh Cup semi-finals. Cambrian & Clydach Vale host Llantwit Major at the M&P Group 3G this coming Saturday.
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