Title-chasing Weymouth are planning a six-point EvoStik Southern League raid on Merthyr Town.
The Premier Division rivals clash twice in quick succession and the first of those fixtures is at Merthyr’s MetCoaches Stadium this evening (Tuesday, 7.45).
Weymouth’s record against the Martyrs is exceptional over the past 20 years, having lost just once in that time 19 fixtures (won 13, drawn 5, lost 1).
The Dorset club are unbeaten in nine visits to Penydarren Park over the last two decades.
Weymouth completed a league double over Merthyr with a 3-2 home win thanks to a Brandon Goodship hat-trick and a 3-0 victory in Wales with Harry Baker, Josh Carmichael and Goodship scoring.
Back to Back Home games for @MerthyrTownFC now commencing on Tuesday 12th February when we welcome @theterras to the @metcoaches Community Stadium kick off is at 7.45pm. Then on Saturday 16th February we welcome @HendonFC to South Wales kick off 3pm.. ⚫️⚪️ #UPTHETOWN
— The Martyrs (@MerthyrTownFC) February 10, 2019
Williams’ team will be flat out to ensure that Martyrs record is improved tonight.
Mark Molesey, Weymouth’s manager, was asked whether playing the same opposition twice in a short time would be an issue and he said: “No, we take each game as it comes. We take each game on its own merit.
“We will go there, do the best we can to win the game and then the next game will come about. Sometimes it can be an advantage or a disadvantage whatever way you look at it.
“We will look at it as advantage.”
Merthyr’s last two fixtures have been postponed because of bad weather and they will be raring to go against Weymouth. A home win for the Martyrs would edge them closer to the play-offs.
Weymouth’s Brandon Goodship scored four goals over the two league fixtures against Merthyr last season.
The Terras travel across the Severn Bridge and into Wales aiming to win and move to within three points of leaders Taunton Town.
Weymouth are third with 53 points from 27 games, six points behind Taunton with two games in hand.
The visitors battled to a pulsating 4-4 draw with Met Police on Saturday Molesley told theterras.com: “We have to use that result as our motivation and fuel for our fire and try to kick on.
“Merthyr are a good team, we have to go to Wales, play on Astro turf and be on our mettle. These games are coming thick and fast now.”
Merthyr Town have 15 League fixtures left, eight of those at home.
Updated: Remaining Merthyr Town FC fixtures
Tuesday 12 v Weymouth H
Saturday 16 v Hendon H
Saturday 23 v Weymouth A
Saturday 2 v Kings Langley A
Saturday 9 v Harrow Borough H
Tuesday 12 v Dorchester Town H
Saturday 16 v Poole Town A
Tuesday 19 v Beaconsfield Town A
Saturday 23 v Staines Town H
Saturday 30 v Metropolitan Police A
Saturday 6 Hartley Wintney H
Saturday 13 v Gosport Borough A
Saturday 20 v Farnborough H
Monday 22 v Taunton Town A
Saturday 27 v Walton Casuals H
LEAGUE TABLE: EVO-STIK LEAGUE SOUTH PREMIER DIVISION SOUTH – 2018/2019