Caernarfon Town captain Nathan Craig has warned JD Welsh Cup opponents Barry Town that they are in for a battle when they visit the Oval. The teams will meet in the third round of the cup on Sunday, 3 December and the Sgorio cameras will be there to show the game live from 2.30pm.
With the Cofi Army behind them, former Everton player and Wales Under 21 international, Craig, believes that the Huws Gray Alliance side have the heart and the ability to beat their JD Welsh Premier League visitors.
“On paper, our team is good enough to be in the Welsh Premier League, but we’re not, so we’re the underdogs against Barry,” said Nathan. “But we can match any team on our day and I think we’re capable of pulling off another shock. We have the heart and the fight to beat them, and no one can take that from us. With the Cofi Army behind us, they’ll be our 12th man against Barry.”
Having won promotion from Welsh League Division One last season, Nathan admires the way the former giants of Welsh football have coped on their return to the top flight.
“We’re in a similar position this season to where Barry were last year. We were at the same level as them last season and credit to them, they’re doing brilliantly in the Welsh Premier at the moment. We will show them respect, but when the day comes, we’ll have worked hard to prepare and we’ll have done all our homework on them.”
“They have Kayne McLaggon and he’s physical, very quick and can score from anywhere. If we can keep him quiet and play our own game, we’ve got a good chance.”
The Oval has witnessed some classic Welsh Cup ties in recent years and Nathan has some great memories of those matches.
“When we went 2-0 up against TNS in 2014, that moment will stay with Caernarfon players and supporters for a long time, but it was disappointing we couldn’t hold on and win. Last year we beat Carmarthen 3-1 and that was a very professional job, so that’s up there as well.
“But the cup match last season against Rhyl, when I was sent off and we went on to win in extra time; that was pretty special. We were the underdogs that day and we beat a team from the Welsh Premier. When Barry come to town, I’m sure we’ll see that same big game atmosphere that we’ve seen over the last few years at the Oval.”
Sgorio: Cwpan Cymru JD – Caernarfon Town v Barry Town
Sunday, 3 December, 2.30pm, S4C
Available to watch on-demand at s4c.cymru, iPlayer and other platforms
English commentary and subtitles available