Can Parkway claim first away win of the season in Wales?Merthyr Town vs Parkway | Match Preview
By Alex Haynes
It’s another away day for Plymouth Parkway this weekend as we travel to Wales to take on Merthyr Town.
This will be a welcome return to league football for Parkway. After exiting the FA Trophy against AFC Totton last weekend, it’s a chance to pick up where we left off and an opportunity to increase our unbeaten run of two games in the Southern League Premier Division South.
The team will be aware that this fixture will be one of the toughest though. Merthyr are enjoying an excellent season so far, and currently sit in second place. They have won eight matches, and their only defeats have come against Gosport Borough and Chesham United who are first and third respectively.
The Yellows might be occupying the first of the relegation spots right now, but based on recent performances, this may only be temporary. We are already a quarter of the way through the season and the table is still looking relatively tight. The quality of the squad was on full display in the 5-0 win against Dorchester. Pair this with the 1-1 draw against Winchester City in the very next game and you have proof that Parkway are better than their league position suggests.
Despite the 2-1 defeat to Totton, the lads will be looking to build on their league form this Saturday afternoon.
Last season, the Martyrs finished one place above the Yellows in ninth. Merthyr took home the points at Bolitho with a 1-0 win, but Parkway avenged the loss in the reverse fixture by the same scoreline after another Jack Crago goal.
Both sides have demonstrated their goal-scoring ability, but at times have been prone to conceding too. Expect an action-packed afternoon at Penydarren Park as Parkway look to climb out of the drop zone and Merthyr push for top spot.
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For the Parkway faithful looking to attend the match on Saturday afternoon, it will take approximately 2 hours and 50 minutes to complete the 169-mile journey via the M5.