Merthyr Town’s pre-season schedule gets underway at the ICI Rifle Fields this evening (KO 7pm), as the Lads make the short trip to Merthyr Saints FC.
The friendly will enable Dean Clarke to take a first look at his players in a match environment since last week’s return from the summer break
It will also allow the squad to rebuild match sharpness in front of what is expected to be a crowd of 100 under the latest FAW return to play protocols.
Merthyr Saints, meanwhile, are preparing to compete in the South Wales Alliance League, following the curtailment of their 2019-20 season due to the coronavirus pandemic. At the time, Saints were for fighting promotion and sitting comfortably within the top five.
The club have enjoyed relative success off the field over the last few months haven been busy during the lockdown period, carrying out extensive work to their home ground and surrounding facilities, all in preparation for the golden reward of Welsh League Football.
The club were elected to the Welsh Football League in 1995, after winning the South Wales Amateur league for the third time whilst playing under the name of Hoover Sports and sharing the use of Penydarren Park – home of Merthyr Town. Promotion to Welsh League Division 2 followed at the first attempt.
The club remained in Welsh League Division 2 for ten consecutive seasons with their highest finishing position being fifth in 2003–04. The club were relegated to Welsh League Division 3 at the end of the 2006–07 season after finishing fourth from bottom of Division 2.
At the end of 2008–09 season they were relegated from the Welsh Football League, and are now striving as a club to get back up to where they once were.
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