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IT is difficult to imagine the Welsh Premier minus its flagship side, but Barry could be playing their last Welsh Premier match at Jenner Park tonight, when they take on Aberystwyth.
The current problems at Barry Town appear to leave the door wide open for TNS - the League's only other full-time club - to take over the mantle this season.
But Saints' manager Ken McKenna believes Barry could yet be a force in the league.
"Our aim is to match the achievements of Barry, who are the club we all aspire to be," McKenna said.
"Obviously, we want to win the title and having lost only two matches last season we felt we were unlucky, but that shows how good you have to be to win it.
"This league is getting stronger each year. Bangor, Rhyl, Aberystwyth, Cwmbran and Afan Lido will all be very competitive this season.
Barry stalwart Lee Jarman has pleaded with supporters to turn out in force for tonight's curtain-raiser.
The former Cardiff City defender said, "Kenny Brown and myself have worked non-stop over the last few days to bring in players to enable us to fulfil the Aberystwyth fixture.
"Now we want the public of Barry and businesses to support the club and show that this town wants a top Welsh Premier football club.
"We have all been shocked by the size of the club's debt and we are angry at how poorly Barry has been run off the field. The situation has been hidden from us.
"But now the situation is out in the open and we want the club to move on.
"The new chairman (Dr Richard Stott) and director (Dr Liz Davies) are working tirelessly to keep the club afloat and a big crowd against Aberystwyth would give everyone a big lift."
15 August 2021