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Barry's Saddler staying upbeat despite defeat.

BARRY TOWN UNITED skipper James Saddler remains upbeat despite his side still yet to register their first win since returning to the JD Welsh Premier League, writes Jay Bayford.

He was speaking after their narrow 1-0 reverse by champions The New Saints in front of almost 1,000 people at Jenner Park.

In what was a fiercely-contested dual between two good footballing sides, TNS grabbed the only goal of the game through Wes Fletcher after 25 minutes.

"I think we've proved that we can play against very, very good players," said Saddler.

"Structurally we set up very well and, at times, they struggled to break us down and we certainly created a few chances in the second half.

"We know what to expect now in terms of physicality.

"I think we're starting to gel as a team again."

It was a second straight defeat for Barry, who also lost by the same margin at Prestatyn, having opened with a 1-1 draw against Aberystwyth Town.

Elsewhere having won their opening two games, Cardiff Metropolitan University slipped to their reverse of the campaign, going down 2-1 at Welsh Cup holders Bala Town.

Nathan Burke's smart finish put Bala ahead but Adam Roscrow restored parity after good work from Jordan Lam.

However, Bala claimed a dramatic winner in the dying minutes with a late penalty.

Chris Venables saw his initial spotkick saved but he slammed home the rebound to secure the victory.

Llandudno are the early pacesetters with three wins from three.

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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Aug 28, 2017
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