Match Preview: The Martyrs prepare for Hitchin clash
20 Oct 2017, Friday


On Saturday, The Martyrs make the journey to North Hertfordshire to take on last seasons play-off finalists Hitchin Town.


After reaching the play-offs for the last two seasons, which included a defeat in the final to Leamington last May, The Canaries haven't been able to continue their momentum into the new season. Hitchin are currently sitting in 15th position but despite an inconsistent start to the season, their home record has remained relatively competitive with just one league defeat against Banbury United to their name. A 1-0 victory against play-off challengers Redditch United on Monday night, is a big enough warning to those who are visiting Top Field.


Both clubs will be facing each other for the fourth time this year and only a penalty shoot-out victory for The Canaries in the play-off semi final back in April was enough to separate the two. Based on our most recent fixtures with The Canaries, Williams will be well aware that The Martyrs will be in for a tough afternoon, regardless of the home teams form this season.


Williams will also be keeping an eye on three injury issues that could effect our starting line up on Saturday. Curtis McDonald and in form forward Ian Traylor could both be out with hamstring injuries and Captain Ashley Evans is currently suffering with a groin strain. All three players are being monitored and could feature but we will receive more news in the run up to kick off tomorrow afternoon. Merthyr have recently been playing in a 3-5-2, using Corey Jenkins and Adam Davies to push forward on the wings but with some potential injury issues to consider, Williams may need to utilise his squad and change his shape by the time 3 o'clock comes around on Saturday.


Gavin Williams would also like to thank the fans that made the journey to a wet and windy Weymouth on Tuesday night. The result may not have been in our favour but the performance certainly merited a hard earned point. 




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