Match Preview: Evo Stick South Premier Division South
Merthyr Town v Basingstoke Town
When: Saturday 19th January 2019 Kick-off 3.00pm
Where: Penydarren Park, Park Terrace, Merthyr Tydfil. CF47 8RF
After losing at home to relegation rivals Chesham Utd, we enter a 4-game period where we have 3 tough away games and just one home game against playoff hopefuls Harrow Borough.
Up first though is a trip into Wales to take on Merthyr Town managed by Gavin Williams.
Merthyr Town FC Supporters Society owns Merthyr Town FC
Merthyr currently sit in 7th place, with a record of Played 25 Won 11 Drawn 5 and Lost 9 with 38pts. However, despite their good league position they have lost three of their last four games including last Saturday’s 4-0 loss at Wimborne Town. Their one win was however a 3-1 win against top of the table Taunton Town.
Our record at Merthyr isn’t great having drawn 1-1 last season, when we should have won (heard that one somewhere before), the year before we got a tanking 4-0.
The Martyrs leading goal-scorers are forwards Ian Traylor who has 12 on the season and Tom Meecham who has 10.
Basingstoke currently sit in 20th place, with a record of Played 23 Won 8 Drawn 4 and Lost 11 with 28pts.
Martin Kuhl, will hope to have both Sam Argent & Charlie Kennedy back from injury and with Argents 3-game ban normally starting after this game, it is good that Ben Wright was back on form Tuesday and we also have Aaron Redford on the sidelines too.
Dan Collier missed Tuesday due to illness but should be contention this Saturday.
It is unclear how long Harry Pearse could be out for, but we probably need him more for the upcoming difficult games going forwards.
It will be interesting to see what type of formation Martin decided to go with, a more defensive 4-4-2 or an attacking 3-5-2.
It was good to Akers get back on the scoresheet and hopefully he can add to that this Saturday.
A lot will be expected of Sam Deadfield and hopefully he can control the midfield on the 3g surface.
Will there be any late additions to the squad, who knows, but if they are I hope they are defensive ones?
Who is in-line to take the penalties is another question we hope to face on Saturday?
Would love 3 points on Saturday, but a point would be a good start for a tough 4 match schedule to finish off the month of January.
Odds please Ian, when you get a chance.
Match Preview by Martin French..