PICTURE by Rhys Skinner/Barry Town United.
ON THE SURFACE of things, Barry Town United’s 1-1 draw v Newtown in the JD Cymru Premier was just like any other. But, there was in fact a significant milestone celebrated by two of their most important players on the day.
Prolific forward Kayne McLaggon reached the fifty goal mark for the club whilst their goalkeeper Mike Lewis made his 250th appearance in Wales’ top flight.
It had looked as though Gavin Chesterfield’s run of winning six games in a row was coming to an end at Latham Park. James Davies’ third goal of the season for Newtown in the 66th minute seemed to be the one that was going to secure the Robins the three points.
But, as on so many other occasions in the past, McLaggon (below) stepped up to ensure that the points were shared, bagging his 50th Barry Town goal in the 94th minute.
That was the forward’s fifth goal of the season, putting him in joint-second place (with Chris Venables of Bala and Louis Robles of TNS) in the race for the Golden Boot behind TNS forward Greg Draper who is on seven goals already.
To reach 50 goals in what is now his fourth season in the JD Cymru Premier is a decent tally indeed and I’m sure the 30-year-old has plenty more to give in seasons to come too.
Also celebrating a milestone on Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Newtown was Barry shot-stopper Mike Lewis (below) who was making his 250th appearance in the JD Cymru Premier.
The 31-year-old, who has also played for Aberystwyth Town and Carmarthen Town in the past, has put in some great performances for Barry so far this season, keeping clean sheets against Flint Town United and Cardiff Met Uni.
Lewis’ experience is clear to see and he’s undoubtedly one of the best goalkeepers in the division at this moment in time.
Congratulations to both on achieving their milestones over the weekend. Here’s to 100 goals and 300 appearances next!