Gavin Chesterfield’s side haven’t won in five and have lost four consecutive games in all competitions, so what needs to be done to stop Barry Town United’s current rut in form?
Barry Town United have suffered losses to Connah’s Quay Nomads, Bala Town, Cardiff MET and Cefn Druids, so what needs to change in order to amend the Vale of Glamorgan outfit’s current form?
We take you through a few pointers below and analyse what Barry Town United need to do to get back on track in their first season back in the Welsh Premier League in 13-years…
Kayne McLaggon needs to re-discover early season goal-scoring form
McLaggon has gone missing for Barry Town United in recent weeks and has just one goal in his last five outings. However, that being said he is still one of the top scorers in the league having six goals to his name.
The former Merthyr Town man hit the ground running since his summer move but in recent games he’s appeared to go missing.
He’s a talented striker, there is little doubt about that and you feel if he could get one goal he could go on another fine goal-scoring run but he needs to start scoring quickly because Barry have dropped off in the Welsh Premier League and are currently lingering just two points above the relegation zone.
Barry need to ensure to cut out silly defensive errors
In general, this season, Barry Town United’s defence has been defensively sound but there have been some instances where they have come unstuck and made silly errors and this is something Gavin Chesterfield will be looking to work on in the training ground.
Arguably Luke Cooper has been one of Barry Town United’s stand-out performers and he has led from the back expertly at times but there have been times this season where they have been carved apart far too easily by opposition and if they could cut out some of the mistakes they’re currently making, they could certainly stop the current rut of form they’re enduring.
Be more bold in an attacking sense
Over the course of the last few games, Barry Town United haven’t been clinical enough and they’re missing the early zest and edge they had to their game which saw them earn three consecutive wins on the trot which included a memorable win over Bangor City on the road.
On Sunday against the Nomads in particular Barry Town United were made to pay for some costly missed chances, especially as they went in search of a winner.
Following Sunday’s loss, Chesterfield alluded to the fact that they didn’t create that many chances but there were a lot of positives to take from the game and moving forward this will put the Vale of Glamorgan outfit in good stead.
Jordan Cotterill could be key to turning around Barry’s form
Over the years, Cotterill has been instrumental for Gavin Chesterfield and Barry Town United with the goals and assists he’s chipped in with and he could be pivotal for them once again this season if he can show the same type of endeavour and perseverance which has seen him become such a big fan favourite at Jenner Park.
Cotterill is a superb playmaker, make no mistake about that and if he can start putting in some good displays, Barry could tick as a team and they certainly missed his creative spark when he was out through injury.
Change formation to a 4-5-1
More or less this season, Chesterfield has opted to use a 4-3-3 formation but as the results have declined in recent weeks, something needs to be changed and a move towards the 4-5-1 formation could work a treat.
The change of formation could also help the Vale of Glamorgan outfit a more strenuous team overall to break down and carve open – it is the sort of formation which could work well, especially for their next match-up against the defending Welsh Premier League Champions, The New Saints.
On Sunday, at times, the Nomads counter-attacked with far too much ease and it is important that Barry keep their midfield compact as well as their discipline, especially with a difficult November schedule upcoming where they will face off against The New Saints, Llandudno, Newtown and Cefn Druids respectively.
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