Faced with a suspension, international call up and niggling injury worries manager Gavin Williams will take the club’s Development Team to Shortwood United in The BigFreeBet.com Challenge Cup.
The Competition has a new sponsor having previously been Red Insure Cup when Merthyr won the competition in 2016/16 season. It was always the intention to play a mixed team to give younger players experience but concerns over injuries and player availability have meant the entire squad will now be the club’s Development team who play in the Welsh Premier Development League.
Matches against the hosts were a regular fixture during our South & West Division League days. Shortwood are in a comfortable position in the league picking up 11 points from 8 matches and will be a good test for the young Martyrs.
The match will kick off at 7.45pm Tuesday 3 October at Shortwood’s Meadowbank ground. If the match is level after 90 minutes the game will go straight to a penalty shoot-out.