NEWTOWN bid to end Barry Town United’s unbeaten start to the JD Cymru Premier season when the two sides meet at Latham Park on Saturday.

The two old rivals have a long standing respect and another large crowd is expected, particularly with the South Walians riding high following last week’s victory at TNS.

In comparison Newtown must strive to improve after stumbling to a disappointing defeat at Caernarfon Town last week.

A costly error from goalkeeper Dave Jones gifted former Newtown striker Jamie Breese the only goal of the game.

Robins manager Chris Hughes was keen not to dwell on the result and insisted the Robins had the potential to upset Barry.

“Barry have had a great start to the season and kept that going at TNS last week,” said Hughes. “They are not conceding a lot of goals and we expect a tough game.

“We have had some great clashes with Barry over the years and have enjoyed our share of home wins so we will look to get another under our belts on Saturday.”

Despite the disappointment in Caernarfon the Robins manager pointed to early season performance’s against Bala Town and Connahs Quay Nomads as proof the Mid Wales side could hold their own against the best.

“We want a reaction but we have shown with the win against Bala and home draw with Connahs Quay that we are capable of competing with anyone in this league.

“It is too early to look at the league table but we know where we have to improve and we will look to keep our good home form going against Barry on Saturday.”