Merthyr Town hit the road for Southern Premier and FA Cup fixtures over the next eight days.
The Martyrs travel to play Metropolitan Police at Imber Court in London on Saturday, while they take on Western League Plymouth Parkway in the cup.
Manager Gavin Williams and his Merthyr team enter the Emirates FA Cup in the first qualifying round, while Parkway have already played in two preliminary round ties to earn a home tie against the Welsh club.
Parkway, who have beaten Buckland 1-0 and Paulton Rovers 5-2 to reach this stage, played against Cardiff City’s development team in a pre-season friendly last month.
Former Stoke City trainee Laurence Wootton scored twice for Cardiff City’s development team in their convincing 5-1 win against Parkway at Bolitho Park.
The young Bluebirds completed a three-match tour to Devon and Cornwall with a 100 per cent record, having scored 15 goals and conceded three.
Lee Tomlin, Jacob Evans and Dan Williams were the other Cardiff scorers.
Head coach Andy Legg’s under-23 squad plus over-age additions Alex Smithies, Tomlin and Gary Madine faced a physical test against Parkway.
City led 4-1 at half-time and retained control in front of 152 spectators.
Parkway are currently joint top of the Western League Premier Division with three wins from three fixtures and a goal difference of plus 12.
Cardiff City Development: Alex Smithies, Ryan Pryce, Joel Bagan, Keenan Patten, Ben Margetson, Trystan Jones, Laurence Wootton, Jacob Evans, Gary Madine, Lee Tomlin, Shamar Moore. Subs: Connor Davies, Matthew Hall (gk), Sam Bowen, Jac Davies, Dan Williams, Dan Griffiths, Tom Sang, Sion Spence, William Warnock.
Merthyr Town players and staff, though, are currently focused on their BetVictor Southern Premier fixture against Met Police on Saturday (3pm).
The road to Wembley begins. The FA 🏆sees us In a repeat clash from 2015 we travel to @PlymouthPFC The Martyrs 0-2 winners that day more of the same please. Tie to be played on September 7th pic.twitter.com/4GlX3JPWgx
— Merthyr On The Terraces (@MTFConterraces) August 27, 2019
Manager Williams’ team will be looking to make it back-to-back victories after their Bank Holiday Monday 3-1 victory against Swindon Supermarine. A first half strike from Lee Lucas and two from Ian Traylor secured a consecutive home victory for the Martyrs.
Met Police enter the game on the back of an away win against winless Beaconsfield, who are bottom of the table.
Goals by Jack Mazzone and Ross Murdoch secured an important away victory for the Blues, who are 14th in the table.
The last time the two sides met was at Imber Court last March when the Martyrs suffered a 2-0 defeat against manager Gavin Macpherson’s men. However, the Martyrs battled out a hard fought 2-2 draw in the return fixture at the MetCoaches Stadium back in September last season.
Merthyr Town (from): Alex Harris (gk), Cameron Clarke (gk), Adam Davies, Rhys Davies, Kyle Patten, Jarrad Wright, Ashley Evans (capt), Jamie Veale, Lee Lucas, Owain Jones, Corey Jenkins, Ben Swallow, Tom Meecham, Ian Traylor, Kerry Morgan, Gethyn Hill.
Merthyr Town FC’s full 2019/20 BetVictor Southern League Premier South fixture list:
Sat 10 – Harrow Borough 1, Merthyr Town 0
Tue 13 – Merthyr Town 1, Weston-super-Mare 1
Sat 17 – Merthyr Town 1, Gosport Borough 0
Sat 24 – Farnborough 1, Merthyr Town 0
Mon 26 – Merthyr Town. 3, Swindon Supermarine 1
Sat 31 – Metropolitan Police (A)
Wed 4 – Southern Football League Cup preliminary round (Merthyr Town not involved at this stage of competition)
Sat 7 – Plymouth Parkway v Merthyr Town (Emirates FA Cup qualifying round one)
Sat 14 – Chesham United (H)
Wed 18 – Tiverton Town (A)
Sat 21- Emirates FA Cup Qualifying round two
Sat 28 – Walton Casuals (A)
Wed 2 – Southern Football League Cup round one
Sat 5 – Wimborne Town (H)
Sat 12 – Blackfield & Langley (H)
Tue 15 – Dorchester Town A
Sat 19 – Beaconsfield Town (A)
Tue 22 – Salisbury (H)
Sat 26 – Buildbase FA Trophy Qualifying round one
Sat 2 – Truro City (A)
Wed 6 – Southern Football League Cup round two
Sat 9 – Taunton Town (H)
Sat 16 – Poole Town (A)
Sat 23 – Hayes & Yeading United (H)
Sat 30 – Hartley Wintney (H)
Wed 4 – Southern Football League Cup Round 3
Sat 7 – Hendon A
Sat 14 – Walton Casuals (H)
Sat 21 – Wimborne Town (A)
Thu 26 – Yate Town (H)
Wed 1 – Swindon Supermarine (A)
Sat 4 – Harrow Borough (H)
Wed 8 – Southern Football League Cup Round 4
Sat 11 – Weston-Super-Mare A
Sat 18 – Farnborough (H)
Sat 25 – Gosport Borough (A)
Sat 1 – Metropolitan Police (H)
Sat 8 – Chesham United (A)
Sat 15 – Dorchester Town (H)
Wed 19 – League Cup Semi-Finals
Sat 22 – Blackfield & Langley (A)
Sat 29 – Beaconsfield Town (H)
Wed 4 – Emirates FA Cup 5
Sat 7 – Salisbury (A)
Sat 14 – Taunton Town (A)
Sat 21 – Truro City (H)
Wed 25 League Cup Final 1st Leg
Sat 28 Hayes & Yeading United A
Wed 1 – League Cup Final 2nd Leg
Sat 4 – Poole Town (H)
Sat 11 – Tiverton Town (H)
Mon 13 – Yate Town (A)
Sat 18 – Hartley Wintney (A)
Sat 25 – Hendon (H)
BetVictor Southern Premier South – 2019/2020
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