Preview: Merthyr v Aberavon
This Saturday, Aberavon heads to the Wern to face Merthyr in the Indigo Group Premiership, with the kickoff set for 2:30 p.m.
Last season, Merthyr finished third in the Premiership, winning 16 out of 22 games but fell short in the league playoffs against Llandovery.
This season, Merthyr has won three out of six matches. They started with a win at home against Ebbw Vale, only to face a tough loss away to Llandovery. Returning to the Wern, Merthyr triumphed once again with a bonus point victory against Neath. Despite a narrow loss at home to Pontypool, the Ironmen managed to secure a valuable losing bonus point. On the road, Merthyr encountered another defeat against Newport, but finished on a high note last week with a bonus point win at home against Swansea.
In the Cup, Merthyr won 30-27 at Pontypridd in September and will host Carmarthen Quins in the quarter-final stage next month.
In their head-to-head history, Aberavon leads with 13 wins to Merthyr’s 6 in the Welsh National League, with a 6-4 advantage at the Wern. However, Merthyr emerged victorious in their last encounter at the ground last season.
Referee Dewi Phillips will oversee the upcoming Saturday game, supported by Elfyn Morris Roberts and Greg Morgan as assistant referees.