Harborough Town 2, Merthyr Town 6
Ryan Prosser, Owain Jones and Gethyn Hill scored two goals apiece in Merthyr Town’s convincing pre-season away win at United Counties League Harborough Town.
Player-manager Gavin Williams started and stayed on for more than an hour before making way for Owain Evans – and he later went back on to replace Lewis Binns.
Kyle Patten, Ashley Evans, Jamie Veale, Lee Lucas, Hill and Ben Swallow all played the full 90 minutes.
The Martyrs remain unbeaten during pre-season and have two fixtures left, against Aberfan at the Grove on Wednesday and Welsh Premier League Penybont away on Friday.
Centre-forward Prosser scored Merthyr’s first goal at Harborough, turning a defender before shooting low into a corner.
Hill made hot 2-0 just before the 30 minutes mark, finishing in clinical style after an excellent squared pass from Owain Jones.
Prosser netted his second from a penalty after 33 minutes. Jamie Veale was fouled and Prosser sent Harborough’s goalkeeper the wrong way with his spot-kick.
Jones added Merthyr’s fourth when he chipped the ‘keeper on 56 minutes and soon after made it 5-1 with a fierce strike across the stretching goalkeeper into the far right-hand corner.
Harborough pulled a goal back, but Hill had the final say when he completed the 6-2 scoreline three minutes from the end.
Merthyr Town: Alex Harris (Cameron Clarke 73), Gavin Williams (Owain Evans 65), Kyle Patten, Ashley Evans, Lewis Binns (Gavin Williams 70, then Mackenzie Thomas 85), Jamie Veale, Lee Lucas, Ryan Prosser (Cole Scorey 65), Owain Jones (Camdan Duncan 67), Gethyn Hill, Ben Swallow.
Merthyr Town 5, Penydarren BGC 0
Kerry Morgan scored two first half goals in Merthyr’s five-goal win against Penydarren BGC.
His first came from a penalty on 20 minutes when he scored with a shot low into the right-hand corner.
Merthyr were awarded a second penalty after Jamie Veale was brought down by Alex Lloyd and Morgan scored again, this time firing down the middle.
The Martyrs almost made it 3-0 when a Corey Jenkins shot was deflected away for a corner and from the corner Jarrad Wright’s header brought an exceptional save from the goalkeeper.
Goalkeeper Cameron Clarke kept Penydarren out when he made a spectacular save from Alex Long’s fierce shot, while at the other end Prosser was denied by the goalkeeper.
Merthyr scored three times in 11 minutes near the end. Kieron Lewis turned a defender inside the area to fire low and hard into the bottom corner on 75 minutes and Prosser made it 4-0 after Hill set up the chance.
Former Cardiff City youth player Hill then completed the 5-0 scoreline when he went round the goalkeeper and scored.
Merthyr have three more pre-season games – against Aberfan, Penybont and Brecon Curries – before their opening BetVictor Southern League Premier South fixture against Harrow Borough away on Saturday, August 10.
That is followed by successive home matches, against Weston-super-Mare the following Tuesday and then Gosport Borough.
Merthyr Town: Cameron Clarke, Adam Davies, Kyle Patten, Jarrad Wright, Owen Evans, Jamie Veale, Ashley Evans, capt (Gavin Williams) 53), Corey Jenkins (Gethyn Hill 38), Camdan Duncan (Kieroin Lewis 46), Kerry Morgan (Lee Lucas 46), Ben Swallow (Ryan Prosser 53). Subs not used: McDonnell, Ian Traylor.
➡️Next Up for the lads will see the Martyrs travel to @AberfanFC this Wednesday in what we understand is a 7pm KO. @MerthyrTownFC be looking to continue their fine pre-season form. Please check the official twitter accounts for KO time confirmation. #upthetown pic.twitter.com/Uz8UOiNGuz
— Merthyr On The Terraces (@MTFConterraces) July 28, 2019
Merthyr Town pre-season results/fixtures:
Saturday 6 Merthyr Town 2, Swansea City Under-23s 0
Saturday 13 v Abercwmboi (Home, 3pm). Alzheimer’s charity match
Tuesday 16 Merthyr Town 4, Cwmbran Celtic 3
Saturday 20 Cardiff Met 0, Merthyr Town 1
Tuesday 23 Cancelled v Newport County (Home, 7.30pm)
Thursday 25 Merthyr Town 5, Penydarren BGC 0
Saturday, 27 Harborough Town 2, Merthyr Town 6
Wednesday 31 v Aberfan (Away, kick-off 7pm)
Friday 2 v Penybont FC (Home, 7.30pm)
Saturday 3 v Brecon Corries (away, 1.45pm)
Merthyr Town FC’s full 2019/20 BetVictor Southern League Premier South fixture list:
Sat 10 – Harrow Borough (A)
Tue 13 – Weston-Super-Mare (H)
Sat 17 – Gosport Borough (H)
Sat 24 – Farnborough (A)
Mon 26 – Swindon Supermarine (H)
Sat 31 – Metropolitan Police (A)
Wed 4 – Southern Football League Cup preliminary round
Sat 7 – Emirates FA Cup Qualifying Round 1
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)