The New Saints to face old arch rivals Barry Town


Jonny Drury

OLD rivalries will be renewed when two of Welsh football’s most decorated clubs are set to meet in the JD Welsh Cup Fourth Round.

The standout tie in the draw matched Barry Town United against The New Saints for a mouth-watering clash at Jenner Park in January.

Under their old guise of Barry Town, they dominated domestic Welsh football coupled with years of success in Europe.

Now the roles have reversed, with the Saints dominating.

Assistant boss Scott Ruscoe has fond memories of the old rivalries, and scored in the last meeting at Treflan in 2004.

“They were the side that everyone wanted to beat when I signed for TNS, and when I was at Newtown,” said Ruscoe.

“The league’s only full time team they had a great side, we had some great clashes with them, and it will be no easy task in January.”

Barry are currently fourth in the Welsh League, and could be on the brink of Welsh Premier League promotion in May after climbing back through the divisions.

Ruscoe added: “A lot of the younger lads won’t know about the Barry TNS games of old, and some won’t really know of Barry because they haven’t been around lately.

“But we will remind them what it means, and how big the games are.”

The Saints have this week been boosted by the return of Carl Darlington to the club as head coach.

The head of education at the Welsh Football Trust joined Wrexham last season, but left in the summer, and has declined advances from National League sides to re-join the Saints.

Darlington said: “As time has gone on, I have been itching to get back into it. I have been working with the Wales squads but it is not regular.

“I was asked on Sunday to go in as assistant manager at a Conference club but I’d already given TNS my word, I want to honour that.

“All I want to do is coach, I have done nothing for the last half a year so I am glad to get back into it.

“Of course there are still challenges at TNS. You can’t settle for what you have got, you have got to keep improving it.”

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