For the first time in four weeks, Weston are back on the road as they head to Merthyr Town this Saturday, 12th November. The match in South Wales kicks off at 3pm.
Following five consecutive games at the Optima Stadium, Weston head to Merthyr in great shape after Saturday’s impressive 3-1 win over Salisbury, a result that keeps The Seagulls in second place, just behind Truro City.
While Weston were in Southern League action, Merthyr were in FA Cup First Round duty at Buxton. Nearly 500 Martyrs fans made the trip to Derbyshire, dreaming of another positive result. However, despite a good display, the Welsh side were defeated by two goals to nil.
On Tuesday night, Merthyr returned to league action and fared well in a 2-0 victory at Hanwell Town, as goals from Ricardo Rees and Frazer Thomas secured a solid win in Middlesex.
Life at Penydarren Park has certainly been eventful in the last six months or so. A disappointing league campaign culminated in relegation to Southern League Division One South. However, the Welsh club were given a reprieve due to the sad circumstances involving Walton Casuals.
A few weeks later, ex-Yate manager Paul Michael took over the managerial hotseat at Merthyr. Michael, who did so well as manager at Yate, has appeared to turn things around as The Martyrs currently sit thirteenth in the league table. Another relegation scrap like last year seems unlikely at this stage, particularly after Tuesday’s win.
Last season, Weston beat Merthyr 3-1 in both league games, home and away. In August 2021, The Seagulls triumphed in BS24 after goals from Sam Avery, Dayle Grubb and Scott Laird. Then, in the return fixture in Wales in January 2022, ex-Weston striker Lewis Powell gave Merthyr a first-half lead. However, Grubb immediately equalised before grabbing his second. Marlon Jackson scored Weston’s third that day to make sure of all three points.
That game, unfortunately, was played behind closed doors due to local lockdowns at the time. While you could hear a pin drop at Penydarren Park that day, a very different atmosphere is expected this Saturday as the Seagull Army are likely to travel in good numbers, and Merthyr’s loyal support is usually loud and boisterous.
Merthyr Town Football Club, Penydarren Park, Park Terrace, Merthyr Tydfil, CF47 8RF
HOW TO GET THERE:
Take the M4 (West), crossing into Wales via the Severn Bridge. Leave the M4 at Junction 32 and join the A470 to Merthyr Tydfil. After approximately 22 miles, at the fourth roundabout, take the third exit. At the next roundabout, take the first exit and go straight on through two sets of traffic lights. At the third set turn left (ground signposted Merthyr Tydfil FC from here). After 50 yards take the first right, then first right just after the Catholic Church into Park Terrace. The ground is at the end of the road approximately 200 yards on.
Merthyr Tydfil railway station is approximately 0.7 miles away from Penydarren Park.
Adults £12, Concessions £9, Under 16s £1
We wish all of our travelling supporters a safe journey to Merthyr and back, and we hope that you enjoy the match.