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5th June 2019

Europa League home game will not be played at Jenner Park

BY: Nathan Spackman

Barry Town United has tonight announced that their Europa League home game will not be played at Jenner Park.

The news come after the pitch failed the FIFA Pro test required to play in Europe.

To pass the test, the ball must roll a maximum of 10m, but the pitch consistently rolled at 10.8m. This is despite recent increased maintenance and support from a number of specialist agencies.

The stadium with a few tweaks however passed its UEFA stadium inspection and if the pitch had passed a re-test, the game would have gone ahead at Jenner Park.

Barry Town United has announced Leckwith Stadium as its home venue, with details of tickets and travel to be announced following the draw on June 11th.

Manager Gavin Chesterfield commented: “Naturally, we are all disappointed with this news, but have quickly had to come to terms with it and we move on with our planning.

"The pitch has become a victim of its own success. Without it, our club would not have close to 600 playing members and not be providing fantastic opportunities to children and adults of all abilities and ages, while the local community would not have benefited from it in the way they have.

"Of course, it hurts all associated with the club, but we know we will take a huge following to Leckwith Stadium, as this is a game that has been 15 years in the making".

In a message on their Facebook page Barry Town United Thanked their team at the football club, the VOG Council and all at the FAW, who have been working around the clock to find a solution.

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