Media Watch - North Leigh

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Media Watch - North Leigh

Post  Wandering on Thu Jan 03, 2013 10:37 am

Martyrs look to continue success on their travels
Steven Impey, Celtic Sport


AFTER two away Christmas holiday trips were washed out, The Martyrs hit the road again for successive journeys to North Leigh, Saturday, (3pm) and Bridgwater, Tuesday, (7.45pm).

Merthyr have reserved their best performances by far this season for their away games. The players have excelled on the road but have not done the same at home, to the frustration of bosses Garry Shephard and Danny Carter, not to mention the fans.

Disappointments at Penydarren Park have hit their hopes of a third successive title. They still have a chance of finishing top. It looks a difficult task but they, at least, hope for a play-off spot and they are on target for this.

Before New Year’s Day’s scheduled home league game with Evesham United, Merthyr were in fifth place in The Southern League Division One (South and West), 16 points behind leaders Hungerford but with five matches in hand. They trailed second-placed Poole Town by 11 points, but both teams having played 17 fixtures. Swindon Supermarine, third, had 38 points from 16 matches and Tiverton Town were fourth with 34 points from 20 games. Tiverton were badly hit by the weather last week, their pitch, boardroom, changing room and offices flooded.

Commenting on Merthyr’s shortcomings at Penydarren Park, Shephard has said: “We have to question whether some of the players have the mental strength to cope with playing at home before an expectant crowd.” And some of the passionate fans can be harsh critics.

But Shep has seen the side excel away, netting 10 times in their last three trips, with three clean sheets.

Saturday’s game at Shortwood and the Boxing Day visit to Cinderford Town fell victims to a waterlogged pitch. The players and fans were disappointed that they arrived at the ground at Cinderford in The Forest of Dean only for the game to be called off 70 minutes before the scheduled kick-off with the supporters taking refreshments in the social club.

Shephard takes his men to North Leigh, near Witney, Oxfordshire, on Saturday, with that club midtable. They include former Newport County central midfielder Wayne Turk, who has also worn the Forest Green, Salisbury City and Cirencester Town shirts. Another midfielder, Jon Else, has also plied his trade with Forest Green and Cirencester.

Boss Mark Gee has taken the club to three Hellenic League Premier Division titles as well as The Oxfordshire Senior Cup. They were promoted to the Southern League in 2007-08. Merthyr strikers could come up against experienced goalkeeper Sam Warrell, who has been with Oxford United, Didcot Town and Abingdon United.

Merthyr are the sixth top-scoring team in their division.

Bridgwater Town returned to the Southern League after an absence of 23 years. Their old club were liquidated after cash worries until Bridgwater 1984 were set up. They got back to their current level in the English non-league pyramid, coming up through The Somerset County League and The Toolstation Western League, the Premier Division of which Merthyr won last campaign.

Merthyr club secretary Jamie Mack has rearranged recent postponed games – Tuesday February 5 Cinderford away; Swindon Supermarine, home Tuesday, February 19; and Shortwood United away, Tuesday, February 26.

Merthyr Town will raise their profile over the next five years by becoming a Focus Club for the FA of Wales Trust. Aims include encouraging more boys and girls to play football, developing talented players to support the future success of national teams, and developing more and better-qualified coaches. They will also bid to provide “quality community facilities”.

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Re: Media Watch - North Leigh

Post  Wandering on Fri Jan 04, 2013 10:08 am

Better late than never for Merthyr hero Aaron
Terry Phillips, South Wales Echo


CARDIFF-BASED schoolteacher Aaron Cornwall struck gold for Merthyr Town – after arriving late for their EvoStik Southern League match against Evesham United at home.

Striker Cornwall certainly made up for missing the kick-off when he was sent on from the substitutes bench and scored a last-minute winner. He took over from man of the match Ryan Prosser to fire the only goal of the match.

Tomorrow, for Merthyr’s EvoStik Southern League match at North Leigh (3pm), Cornwall will be hoping to be back in the starting line-up. The Martyrs are fourth in the South and West table, while North Leigh are ninth.

Cornwall was delayed by floods and a missed lift en-route from his home in Bristol to Merthyr’s home match against Evesham, but still came up with the decisive strike. He was due to be in the starting line-up, but managers Garry Shephard and Danny Carter took the decision to make a change as the teamsheet was handed to the referee. Cornwall was then named among the subs, which meant there was no major problem when he arrived at Penydarren Park soon after kick-off.

Kris Leek is the only injury doubt for the Martyrs against North Leigh tomorrow. He suffered an ankle injury, but should be back soon.

Merthyr follow tomorrow’s trip to Oxfordshire with another trip on Tuesday when they go to play Bridgwater Town in Somerset (7.45pm). They then play Mangotsfield Town on Saturday, January 12 (3pm) followed by Cirencester Town at home the following Tuesday (7.45pm).

There is only one automatic promotion place available from the South and West Division with Poole Town favourites, but the Martyrs are intent on earning a play-off spot at least. Teams finishing second to fifth will be in the play-offs with one extra promotion place available.

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Re: Media Watch - North Leigh

Post  Wandering on Fri Jan 04, 2013 10:10 am

Wandering wrote:The Martyrs are fourth in the South and West table, while North Leigh are ninth.
According to the Southern League web-site we remain in fifth place, a point behind Tiverton but with three games in hand.

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