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Chris Hugh is aiming to go one step further in the Nathaniel MG Cup this season after suffering final heartache against The New Saints in 2017.

The Barry Town United defender helped the Linnets on their way to the final four years ago, as they saw off Cambrian and Clydach Vale, Haverfordwest County and Carmarthen Town.

Hugh and his team-mates were 12 minutes away from forcing extra time in the final against TNS - who had chalked up three succesive top-flight titles- but four late goals ensured it was the Oswestry club who retained the trophy at Cyncoed Campus.

But Gavin Chesterfield's side have another shot at reaching the final again this season having secured a place in the last four, where they will take on fellow JD Cymru Premier side Cardiff Met on Saturday.

"Every player wants to play in the final of a cup because it's a big occasion," said Hugh.

"The club put on a great day for us last time because the fans clapped us off as we left Jenner Park and then they were all down at the ground.

"Winning some silverware now would be massive, not just for myself but a load of the boys have been here a good few years now.

"A couple of us are still here from when we came up from the division below, so it would be nice for all of us to pick up some silverware."

Barry were playing in the second tier the last time they reached the final of the competition, but they secuerd a convincing win over Haverfordwest County and then completed an upset against then-top flight outfit Carmarthen Town on their route to the last two.

And Hugh believes the cup run set the tone for what was to come for Chesterfield's side, who went on to secure promotion to the top flight after topping Welsh League Division One later in the season.

"That season was when we managed to push into the JD Cymru Premier, so it was a good taste of what was going to come for us in the years ahead.

"We'd beaten a couple of sides in the Cymru Premier to reach the final, so we were confident that we could hold our own but TNS was a different ball game, particularly at that time.

"It was massive for us to see what we were in for and what we could achieve by getting to a final. We reached the european play-off in the first year and then been in europe twice since, so it was a great starting point in what has been a good few years for the club."

This season's semi-finals will see four JD Cymru Premier sides battle it out for a place in the final, with the defending champions Connah's Quay Nomads and Bala Town clashing in the other tie at Maes Tegid on Friday night.

Hugh added: "It's always tough against the sides in the JD Cymru Premier so it's not going to be easy but to pick up some silverware would be well deserved for the fans, the board and the chairman as well."

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