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BARRY Town were denied a victory on their return to the Welsh Premier after a 14-year absence by a controversial late Aberystwyth equaliser at Jenner Park.

With eight minutes of normal time remaining, a Declan Walker whipped-in corner from the left was punched away by Barry keeper Mike Lewis, who then grasped a close range shot from the rebound by Jonny Spittle. A goal was awarded on an assistant referee's call, but TV replays seemed to back-up the home fans' belief the ball had not crossed the line and that Spittle had kicked the ball while it was in the former Aberystwyth keeper's hands.

Earlier, the Dragons took the lead on 27 minutes when Kayne McLaggan's shot was palmed away by visiting keeper Chris Mullock and the ball fell nicely for Ryan Newman, who swept home from eight yards out.