Merthyr Town head to Buckinghamshire this afternoon still planning a big finish to their EvoStik Southern League season.
The Martyrs take on Beaconsfield Town, who won the Southern League Division One East title and promotion last season, on Tuesday at their Holloways Park ground.
Manager Gavin Williams and his team are adrift of the play-off positions with eight Premier Division fixtures left and are aiming for a big push starting at Beaconsfield.
Former Egham Town, Northwood, Wingate & Finchley, Beaconsfield SYCOB and Burnham manager Gary Meakin is in charge of the home team, who were thumped 4-0 at Swindon Supermarine in their last fixture.
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— The Martyrs (@MerthyrTownFC) March 17, 2019
Merthyr were without injured trio goalkeeper Lewis Webb, defender Matthew Harris and centre-forward Ryan Prosser during their 3-1 defeat at Poole Town last Saturday.
Teenage Swansea City goalkeeper Scott Reed, aged 18, stepped in to help the Martyrs at Poole and is likely to feature again at Beaconsfield.
Merthyr have eight games left – four at home and four away – and are at home against bottom team Staines Town on Saturday.
Surrey-based Staines, nicknamed the Swans, have a declared aim to achieve Football League over the next decade, but that plan is not going well.
They are bottom of the Southern League Premier Division South, 21 points behind the next club above them, and have already been relegated.
Staines have earned four wins in 35 fixtures and have a goal difference of minus 82. Next season they will be playing in the eighth tier of the English pyramid system.
Merthyr Town (from): Scott Reed, Adam Davies, Jay Foulston, Gavin Williams, Lee Lucas, Kyle Patten, Connor Young, Ben Swallow, Jamie Veale, Tom Meechan, Ian Traylor, Kieran Lewis, Kerry Morgan, Owain Jones, Craig Reddy.
Merthyr Town have eight League fixtures left, four at home and four away.
Remaining Martyrs fixtures
Tuesday 19 v Beaconsfield Town A (7.45pm)
Saturday 23 v Staines Town H (3pm)
Saturday 30 v Metropolitan Police A (3pm)
Saturday 6 Hartley Wintney H (3pm)
Saturday 13 v Gosport Borough A (3pm)
Saturday 20 v Farnborough H (3pm)
Monday 22 v Taunton Town A (3pm)
Saturday 27 v Walton Casuals H (3pm)
LEAGUE TABLE – EVO-STIK SOUTHERN PREMIER SOUTH