Barry Town United
JD Welsh Premier League
|06.01.18 | 2:30pm|
Saturday afternoon sees 2018's calendar year get underway with the visit of Barry Town United to Deeside Stadium.
Barry head north on the back of a 3-0 defeat at the hands of Cardiff Met last weekend, while The Nomads come into the game having drawn 1-1 with Cefn Druids. The draw meant The Nomads missed the opportunity to close the gap at the top to TNS, as the champions lost out 4-2 to Newtown last Saturday.
Despite their defeat, Barry will be looking to secure their top six place. With just two games remaining of phase one, Gavin Chesterfield's side currently sit sixth on goal difference, ahead of Cefn Druids - only two goals currently separate the two sides, so they will be arriving here at Deeside with everything to play for.
The Nomads have already secured their top six place, currently sitting second, two points ahead of thirdplaced Bangor City, but Andy Morrison will be looking to secure as many points as possible in the final games of phase one as points are hard to come by in the second phase.
Ahead of the game, Morrison said "Barry will be a real test on Saturday - I was very impressed with Gavin Chesterfield and his team when we played them earlier in the season and commented at the time that top six finish come the split - they remind me of Cardiff Met from last season - after an indifferent start, they have gradually adapted to the tests that the Welsh Premier League brings week-on-week and results have pushed them towards that Top 6 place. On their day, Barry have broved they can beat anyone in the league and going forwards I see them as a major force in the coming years.
We started 2017 in second position in the league and finished 2017 in second position, which for me is an amazing achievement. Considering the significant improvement in the standard of teams throughout the league and the massive financial investment certain teams have gont to in an attempt to try and compete
Morrison concluded; "I can only again sing the praises of my group of players as they have maintained their high standards and continued to push Connah's Quay Nomads forwards. Going into 2018, we will have to be right at the top of our game week in, week outif we are to achieve the goals we have set."
The game kicks off at Deeside Stadium at 2:30pm on Saturday afternoon and will mark The Nomads' final home fixture of phase one in the JD Welsh Premier League.