Merthyr Town 0, Penybont FC 2
Merthyr Town suffered a double injury blow during the first of two pre-season fixtures in less than 24 hours, losing two of their main strikers.
Former Cardiff City youth player Gethyn Hill limped off after 33 minutes with Ryan Prosser taking over his role in attack. Went minutes later Prosser went down and had to limp painfully around the edge of Merthyr’s MetCoaches Stadium, having gone down on the far side of the pitch from the grandstand.
Corey Jenkins then led the Martyrs attack for the rest of the match.
Penybont won by scoring a goal in each half, while Merthyr dominated the first half in particular, created plenty of chances and failed to take any of them.
The Martyrs slipped to defeat against newly-promoted Cymru Premier club Penybont and now travel to play Brecon Corries on at the Rich Field on Saturday afternoon (1.45pm).
Dan Griffiths fired Penybont ahead after two minutes when the striker finished clinically past goalkeeper Alex Harris.
📸| Some photos from last nights encounter with Penybont FC
— The Martyrs (at 🏡) (@MerthyrTownFC) August 3, 2019
The visitors doubled their lead after 69 minutes and held on for victory.
Kerry Morgan, Owain Jones, Lee Lucas, captain Ashley Evans and Jenkins all went close for the Martyrs, while Hill looked fit and sharp before being forced off by injury.
Penybont complete their pre-season fixtures when they are at home against Cardiff City’s under-23 team on Tuesday, August 6 (7.30pm).
Merthyr Town: Alex Harris, Adam Davies, Ben Swallow, Kyle Patten, Jarrad Wright, Ashley Evans (cast), Lee Lucas, Jamie Veale, Gethyn Hill (Ryan Prosser 33, Corey Jenkins 53), Owain Jones (Craig McDonnell 70), Kerry Morgan (Camden Duncan 32, Ian Traylor 60). Subs not used: Cameron Clarke, O Evans.
Penybont FC: Trialist, Dan Summerfield, Kane Owen, James Saddler, Dan Jeffries, Owen Warlow, Mikey George, Matty Harris, Curtis Hudson, Dan Griffiths, Kosta Georgievsky.
Referee: Paul Walters.