The Robins return from their week break as they get set to welcome Barry Town United in the JD Welsh Premier League this Saturday.
Last weekend was a quiet one for Newtown AFC due to the quarter-finals of the Welsh Cup taking place.
The red’s previous outing was a couple of weeks ago when they secured a point at Maes Tegid after a 2-2 draw with Bala Town thanks to first half goals from Craig Williams and Callum Roberts.
Newtown are currently 4th in the Welsh Premier League table, nine points behind our upcoming league opponents of Barry Town.
BARRY TOWN UNITED
|Full name||Barry Town United Football Club|
|Nickname(s)||Town, Linnets, Dragons|
|Founded||1912 (as Barry AFC)|
|Ground||Jenner Park, Barry|
|Capacity||3,500 (2,200 seated)|
|League||Welsh Premier League|
|2017–18||Welsh Premier League, 7th|
Newtown goalkeeper Dave Jones is expected to be named in the squad for Saturday’s clash with Barry Town United. Jones’ previous match was back at the start of February when he picked up a concussion against Connah’s Quay Nomads at Latham Park.
Jones has since had to miss the encounters with The New Saints, Caernarfon Town and Bala Town.
Meanwhile, January signing Matty Williams from Llandudno Town is expected to miss out on this weekend’s action as the midfielder is still recovering from his injury that was picked up against Newtown last December.
VIEWS FROM THE MANAGER
Chris Hughes on Callum Roberts’ call-up to the Wales C squad
“Delighted for Callum! Last summer was really important for him on where he was going to play his football. He had a big decision to make.
“This season he has been really good for us and he’s been justified by his call up and well deserved. We wish him all the best.
“He’s got great attitude, a good lad and he’s got his head down this season and worked really hard this season. He’s got good quality as well. He is still learning and is developing really well for us.”
Hughes on Barry Town United
“They are certainly not a surprise package this year. Last year was their first season but I think they equipped themselves last year by getting into the play-offs and this year they have really kicked on. Got some good players and signed some good players too.
“They’ve got a good manager and a good coaching staff that are very stew so we are expecting a tough game from them.”
“Barry have got a good front three, whether they play with the front three that’ll be the other thing. We expect them to change tactically, they did it against us in the game at Barry at half time. Something that they did in their last couple of games as well they tweak their formation slightly.
“We expect them to change tactically and I think they will do that. So we’ve been working on certain things this week in terms of how we expect them to play.”
VIEWS FROM CALLUM ROBERTS
Callum Roberts on Barry Town United
“Barry are very much like ourselves. Hard working but also like to get the ball down and play. They’re having a fantastic season so far and I’m sure they’ll be desperate to keep up with the top 2.
“Our home record is something we’re very proud about this season and we’ll be looking to maintain just the one home defeat for the rest of the season.”
- The Robins have only conceded one defeat at Latham Park in the league this season, losing to Connah’s Quay in February.
- January signing Porya Ahmadi has scored twice in the last four matches.
- Nick Rushton is Newtown’s top goal scorer in the league this season with 10 to his name.
Barry Town United
- Barry Town have only won twice in their last six visits to Latham Park.
- The pair of Kayne McLaggon & Momodou Touray have 10 goals each making them the club’s joint top goal scorers.
Head to Head
Newtown AFC wins – 5
Barry Town United wins – 7
Draws – 2
LAST TIME WE MET
JD Welsh Premier League – Phase One
December 1st 2018
Barry Town United 4-1 Newtown AFC
MATCH DAY 27
Aberystwyth Town vs Carmarthen Town – 19:45
Caernarfon Town vs Bala Town – 19:45
Llanelli Town vs Cardiff Met – 19:45
Cefn Druids vs Llandudno Town – 19:45
Newtown AFC vs Barry Town United – 14:30
Connah’s Quay Nomads vs The New Saints – 17:15