The one bright spot at a mist-shrouded LoadlLok Stadium on Saturday as Merthyr fell to a 2-0 defeat by Biggleswade was the return of striker Ryan Prosser.
A back problem had ruled him out this campaign. Not having played since late last season, he has been training recently, building up to get back into action. And the player who reached the 150 goals milestone last term, came on to replace Kerry Morgan midway through the second half.
The first period had seen The Martyrs well on top against a physical Bedfordshire side but they lacked fire-power, not really testing the keeper Liam Gooch in 45 minutes despite the dominance and battling display.
The second half saw Biggleswade get more into the attack, and defensive errors by Merthyr let in striker Liam Brooks to score after 72 and 77 minutes.The first came after Morgan Penfold burst down the left flank, crossing for Brooks to beat goalkeeper Cameron Clarke.
The second came when Brooks managed to get past Jarrad Wright, advance, and put the ball into the net.
Merthyr rallied with some good runs down the wing by Corey Jenkins. They pushed players into the box but the visitors defended well, and were luck to just scoop away one effort from Prosser off the line.
Afterwards, Prosser reported: "It's all good." and was not feeling any after-effects of getting back into the side.
But the win leapfrogged the young side Biggleswade, who drew at leaders King's Lynn in their previous match, as Merthyr dropped down to 16th place in The Evo-Stik South Premier. Biggleswade boss Chris Nunn had been disappointed with their first half display, having sat back too much. He praised the 3G pitch although being "old-fashioned", preferred grass. But he added that clubs with 3G pitches, such as Maidstone and Slough had done well, and felt it was a home advantage. "We drew at King's Lynn but the pitch was a mud-heap."
Banbury are the visitors to Merthyr on Tuesday (7.45pm). They have won just twice at home this season but six times on the road.
After a bumper gate last Saturday with people answering a rallying call to help the club, the attendance against Biggleswade was 488. That was still above the average this season and included some Cardiff City and Newport County fans. We would like to thank everyone who have donated their hard earned cash to help us this period through. And we hope to see some of the new faces at Penydarren Park in the very near future.