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Robins slip to Barry defeat

REPORT - Barry Town United 2-0 Newtown

barry town united 2-0 newtown 

Newtown slipped to their second defeat of the season after Kayne McLaggon struck in either half to hand new boys Barry their first win.

The former Southampton man had put the Jenner Park side in front on seven minutes, after the Robins conceded possession and he ran through to score.

Chances were at a minimum for Newtown on a bitterly disappointing afternoon for the travelling fans.

It was made worse ten minutes from time when McLaggon bundled home a corner to complete the scoring and seal the win for the hosts.

The Robins were looking to make it four unbeaten in all competitions and had a decent chance as early as the third minute.

Craig Williams won possession deep in the Barry half and fed Nick Rushton, but his rasping low drive was held by Mike Lewis.

The Reds were on the front foot early on, but when they conceded possession cheaply in their own half, they were punished.

Troy Greening robbed the ball off Jay Denny in the Robins half on seven minutes, before finding McLaggon who calmly slotted the ball past Jones.

It was the third successive league game that the Robins have conceded an early goal.

Immediately they went on the offensive in an attempt to grab a quick equaliser.

Tom Goodwin dragged a long range effort wide, and Jamie Price couldn’t repeat his heroics of two weeks ago as his free kick was blocked.

Goal scorer McLaggon was looking the main threat for the home side, as he flashed a shot just wide on 25 minutes.

For the visiting fans it had been an uninspiring first half, and they had to wait until stoppage time for another chance.

Kieran Mills-Evans met William’s corner but his downward header was deflected wide.

In the dying embers of the half Barry almost put a two goal buffer between themselves and the Robins.

Ryan Sears fouled Sam Jones right on the edge of the penalty area, with McLaggon curling a tame free kick wide of the mark.

Chris Hughes made a half time change to throw on Ryan Kershaw, and he sparked a little bit of life into the Robins.

They began well, with Price seeing a free kick saved and Kershaw dragging a shot wide of the mark.

Like the first half it wasn’t the most exciting game, but it was the Robins who were looking the most likely to score.

Joe Kenton came off the bench with 23 minutes to go, and with his first action he carved out an opportunity.

He ghosted past Paul Morgan and crossed for Rushton, however the striker could only poke the ball into the side netting.

Neil Mitchell saw a dipping volley drop just over the bar as the Robins huffed and puffed to get back on level terms.

But it seemed that there spell and come and gone as Barry got back on top again with 15 minutes to go.

Tyrell Webbe burst clear and had a shot deflected wide, with Ryan Sears having to throw his body in front of a goal bound McLaggon effort seconds later to keep his side in the game.

Barry remained on top and just a minute later they had forced their way two goals ahead.

Dave Jones and McLaggon went up for a corner and when the keeper failed to hold it, the striker was on the spot to poke the ball home.

The Robins keeper claimed to referee Nick Pratt he was infringed, but the goal was given.

Late on Kershaw had a dipping shot tipped over and from the resulting corner Sears’ header was off the mark.

However it was too late as the Robins slipped to a defeat on their first visit to Jenner Park since 2004.

Barry – Lewis, Morgan, Hugh, Cooper, Watkins, Saddler, Greening, Newman (Sainty 39), McIaggon (Nagi 85), Jones (Fahiya 63), Webbe

Subs not used – Gerrard, Massaro

Yellow – Sainty 74

Robins – Jones, Williams, Mills-Evans, Sears, Price, Boundford (Kenton 66), Goodwin (Kershaw 46), Denny, Mitchell (Cartwright 89), Rushton, Reed

Subs not used – Rose, Harries

Yellow – Sears 45+1, Price 79