An under strength Merthyr Town had to cope with a number of obstacles for their trip to Royston Town.
Missing several key players a number of players from the club’s development team finished school and college early for the trip to Royston, with those working having to take time off work to travel.
Traffic and accidents meant that the coach arrived after scheduled time, with kick off delayed by 30 minutes. The Martyrs fell behind but equalised through an Owain Jones penalty following a foul on Miles John. With the youthful Martyrs team performing well Royston then took a 2-1 lead into the latter part of the game. Then injuries meant playing final 15 minutes with 10 men, and Royston capitalised scoring 3 late goals to win 5-1. The return journey home was no better, with road closures and diversions meaning some players did not get home until 4am, having to get up for work or go to school/college a few hours later.
Manager Gavin Williams said “It was a great effort by everyone who travelled. Pretty much everything that could go wrong went wrong, but I thought we acquitted ourselves well in the circumstances and I don’t think the scoreline was a reflection of the performance or the effort put in by the players.”
“The young lads were a credit to the club once again, and I’d like to thank them for stepping up. Also a massive thank you to the first team players who travelled, and to Dean Clarke for coming on. It’s the first game he played for the club for around 7 years.”
“I would also like to thank the supporters who travelled. Obviously taking a team not at full strength was always going to be tough and I know they’ll be disappointed with the result but it was great to see them once again get behind the team.”