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Extended Match Preview: Bala Town vs Barry Town

99 days later, and the Lakesiders return to Cymru Premier action following the summer break! We welcome newly promoted Barry Town to Maes Tegid on Matchday One, as both sides will look to kick off their season with a bang!

The Lakesiders have been strong in pre-season, recruiting 10 new players to the squad and winning 3 out of 4 pre-season friendlies in July. The Town also progressed into the Third Round of the Nathaniel MG Cup last week with a superb 4-0 victory over Ruthin Town, with George Newell grabbing a hat-trick!

Barry Town also had a strong pre-season, winning 3 out of 6 pre-season friendlies and recruiting well. However, Aberystwyth Town would send them out of the Nathaniel MG Cup last weekend with a 2-1 scoreline in Round Two.

The Match Bala Town vs Barry Town Cymru Premier MD-1 Maes Tegid, Castle St, LL23 7UY Saturday 12th of August, 2:30pm kick-off

Admission: Adults - £7 / Concessions - £4 / Under 16's - £1

Programmes: Unfortunately, there will be no programme available for today's match. We apologies for the inconvenience.

Chief Executive, Nigel Aykroyd speaks ahead of the opening weekend: CLICK HERE

Squad Lists: Bala Town - Kelland Absalom, Alex Ramsay, Harri Lloyd, Joe Nelson, Nathan Peate, Iwan Roberts, Cesaire Lingouba, Luke Wall, Nathan Burke, George Newell, Joe Malkin, Kieran Smith (C), Osebi Abadaki, Ryan Rogers, Aeron Edwards, Ross White, Kyle Harrison, Naim Arsan, Ollie Shannon.

Barry Town - Michael Lewis, Luc Rees, Michael George, Chris Hugh, Keenan Patten, Callum Sainty

Curtis McDonald, Kayne McLaggon, Troy Greening, Sam Snaith, Jordan Cotterill, Jamie Veale, Aiden Lewis, Ollie Hulbert, Finn Roberts, Lucas Tomlinson, Luke Sylvester, Evan Press, Cai Rowlands, Kian Woodiwiss, Mo Djalo, Rhys Davies.

Insight into our opponents Form: (Domestic Only) (H) Aberystwyth Town 1-2 - Nathaniel MG Cup Second Round (Neutral) Barry Town 6-0 Colwyn Bay - Welsh Blood Service League Cup Final (A) Cwmbran Celtic 1-2 - Cymru South (H) Afan Lido 8-3 - Cymru South (H) Briton Ferry Llansawel 1-0 - Welsh Blood Service League Cup South (A) Ynyshir Albions 0-2 - Cymru South

Danger Man Kayne McLaggon - McLaggon topped the Cymru South goalscoring charts last season with a remarkable 34 goals in 27 appearances, while also assisting his teammates with seven assists. The Veteran forward's last outing in the Cymru Premier saw him almost collect a goal every other game in the 2021/22 season, with 14 goals in 30 league appearances. The 32 year old's last appearance against the Lakesiders was a good one for the Forward, as he notched a brace in a 3-3 draw at Maes Tegid in October 2021. As always, he will be a big threat for the league's opening game.

Previous Meetings

The previous meetings between the two sides have seen the Lakesiders come out on top in three of the last six meetings, and only tasting defeat on one occasion, with the other two meetings ending in draws. The last meeting was a thrilling 3-3 draw at Maes Tegid in October 2021, as Barry equalised through Kayne McLaggon in the 85th minute.

Match Officials Referee - John Andrew Jones

Assistant Referee 1 - Richard Luke Dolphin Assistant Referee 2 - Kenwyn Hughes Fourth Official - Alex Livesey Referee Observer - Craig Greenstock

Keep Up To Date Unable to make the opening weekend? We have you covered! Make sure to follow us on our Twitter and Facebook handles to check out our match updates throughout our clash with Barry Town.

We would like to wish all supporters attending the match a safe journey to Maes Tegid and we look forward to welcoming you all for the opening weekend of the Cymru Premier!


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