CAERNARFON Town picked up their first point of the JD Cymru Premier Championship Conference with a creditable 1-1 draw at Barry Town United.

The Canaries’ ended a run of four straight league losses with a spirited display against a United side who are aiming for a top-three finish, which sets them up nicely for a pivotal JD Welsh Cup quarter final clash at The Oval against Cefn Druids on Friday (7.45pm).

Cofis’ stopper Alex Ramsay was in the thick of the action early on when he superbly kept out a powerful effort from Kyle McLaggon after just two minutes and the keeper had to be at his best to deny Rhys Abbruzzese moments later.

Huw Griffiths’ side began to see more of the ball midway through the half and carved open two real opening that Leo Smith and Sion Bradley were unable to convert.

The away side were holding firm against a formidable Barry attack and restricted them exceptionally well during the remainder of the half, with an Abbruzzese free kick the closest they came to breaking the deadlock.

After the break saw both sides cancel each other out during the opening exchanges, but it was the home side who drew first blood on 64 minutes when a poor back pass from Ryan Williams was collected by Momodou Touray, who the simple task of rounding Ramsay and slotting into an empty net.

This was met by an instant response from the Canaries, who got back on level terms immediately following the restart when talisman Darren Thomas was on hand to fire in an equaliser from close range after a fine individual run and delivery from the outstanding Bradley.

Both sides enjoyed good spells of possession during the final quarter of the game, but neither were able to make the most of the chances that came their way to ensure they had something to show for their efforts.

Friday’s cup clash bares even more significance as Griffiths comes up against his former club for the first time and will go in search of his first win in the Cofis’ dugout.