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DRAGONS HAVE MOUNTAIN TO CLIMB
BARRY Town have a mountain to climb in their Champions League first qualifying round, after losing the first leg 3-0 away to FK Vardar on Wednesday.
Striker Vandeir Dos Santos struck in each half, with Dejan Ristovski claiming the other, as the Macedonian champions made the most of home advantage at the City Stadium in Skopje.
Vardar breached their visitors' defences eight minutes before half-time through Dos Santos, with Ristovski doubling the lead soon after the restart.
Dos Santos struck again midway through the second half to delight the 5,000 Macedonian fans and possibly put the tie beyond the Dragons' reach.
Barry may not even have their Jenner Park home to play in for next Wednesday's return leg, as the Welsh champions are in dispute with the ground's owners, Vale of Glamorgan Council.
In a statement issued on the morning of the match, the Council revealed that it has received no payments from Barry Town for the use of Jenner Park since 2001.
Although this pre-dates the reign of current owner, former Wimbledon striker John Fashanu, the Council maintains that he bought the club as a going concern and is responsible for the outstanding sum.
The club's current debts to the Council amount to more than 12,000, including 5,545 in unpaid business rates and nearly 6,000 in fees for the lease of the clubhouse.
The Council is taking action to recover the money owed and is insisting that future charges for using Jenner Park must be paid in advance of scheduled matches.
That means the Dragons must find 1,300 before next Wednesday's return against FK Vardar - the fee the Council has decided to charge for European matches - or they will be banned from using Jenner Park.
Once the domestic season gets underway, Barry must pay 500 for matches with spectators attending, or 100 for matches with no spectators.
17 July 2021