MATCH PREVIEW: Dorchester Town v Merthyr Town

BY: Tom Berry | @TJBerry95

Dorchester Town Football Club will welcome the players, supporters and officials of Merthyr Town to The Avenue Stadium (Sponsored by Clayson Scaffolding Ltd) tomorrow for this Evo-Stik League South Premier fixture (Kick Off: 3.00pm)

Who are The Martyrs?
Rising from the ashes of the previous Merthyr Tydfil Football Club in 2010, the Martyrs have had a quick rise up the divisions, with three title wins in their brief existence. Current manager and hometown boy Gavin Williams is in his second season in charge after taking over from previous incumbent Steve Jenkins.

The original Merthyr Tydfil had a long and successful history in both the Welsh and English game, winning the Welsh league on two occasions as well as rising to the Football Conference. Their most recognisable honour however was winning the Welsh Cup, which after being crowned champions in 1987, saw the club enter the European Cup Winners Cup. Merthyr ended up drawing Italian giants Atalanta in the first round. Famously, the Welsh club managed to win the first leg at Penydarren Park 2-1, however the return leg was lost 2-0.

Sadly, Merthyr Tydfil were liquidated in 2010 and had to reform in its current form. Starting their climb back to the top in the Western League Division One, the Martyrs have managed to make their way back into the Southern Premier.

One to Watch
The man to watch for Merthyr remains Ian Traylor, who has 18 goals this season. The experienced man has nearly 350 appearances for the Welsh side and has scored a staggering 153 goals.

Form Guide
The visitors come into the fixture on the back of two straight wins against St Ives Town and Dunstable Town respectively. However, before this, due to a worrying financial situation at the club, which thankfully has appeared to ease off, the club only won one in seventeen league fixtures. This saw the Martyrs slide towards the wrong end of the table, but the threat of relegation has evaporated with their last two wins.

The Magpies drew with strugglers Dunstable Town in their last home fixture. This extended the winless run at the club to three games, with the last victory coming at home to Kings Langley at the beginning of February. A win against the Martyrs could see The Magpies mathematically confirmed as safe from any threat of relegation.

Team News
David Jerrard departed the club before last Saturdays postponed fixture away to Kettering Town as Steve Thompson looks to building next season’s squad. Kyle Egan should return for The Magpies after missing the draw against Dunstable with no other fresh injury worries for Thompson.

Entry Prices
Adults – £10
Concessions – £6
16 and Under – £1

The club takes part in a Community Credits Scheme run by the Dorset Volunteer Centre and that match day admission will be two community credit notes per person.

The Avenue Stadium
(Sponsored by Clayson Scaffolding Ltd)
Weymouth Avenue

Tel: 01305 267 623 Mob: 07763026395

The club and team would really appreciate your support so come on down and cheer the lads on.