The fa­mous rocked Euro

South Wales Echo - - SPORTS -

MERTHYR TOWN will be aim­ing to take an­other step to­wards a mon­eyspin­ning Emi­rates FA Cup tie this af­ter­noon when they make the trip to Ha­vant & Water­looville in the sec­ond qual­i­fy­ing round, writes Carl Field.

The Mar­tyrs go into the tie on the back of Tues­day night’s 2-0 de­feat at Bas­ingstoke Town in the Evo-Stik League South Premier Di­vi­sion – their first re­verse of the sea­son in league and cup.

Sa­muel Smart’s sec­ond-half dou­ble did for Gavin Wil­liams’ side in Hamp­shire, which is where they re­turn today as the fo­cus switches back to cup mat­ters and their trip to Westleigh Park.

The Hawks ply their trade in the Na­tional League South, one di­vi­sion above Merthyr, hav­ing been pro­moted as cham­pi­ons of the Isth­mian League at the end of last sea­son and have started well with six wins from 11 games.

They en­ter the com­pe­ti­tion at this stage and were in league ac­tion while Merthyr were crush­ing 6-1 win­ners over Western League Premier club Wil­land Rovers in the first qual­i­fy­ing round.

The win­ners of today’s tie will bank £4,500 and move to within just two vic­to­ries of the first round proper.

Ha­vant were fa­mously drawn against Liver­pool at An­field in the fourth round back in 2007/08 where they led twice be­fore even­tu­ally los­ing 5-2 – hav­ing al­ready knocked out Swansea City after a re­play the round be­fore.

Cameron Pring is likely to be in the Merthyr line-up after hav­ing his loan stay from Bris­tol City ex­tended by an­other month.

“He has im­pressed everyone since he has come with his at­ti­tude and his qual­ity, and has per­formed well in ev­ery game for us so far.,” said Wil­liams. “I’d like to thank Bris­tol City for agree­ing to it.”

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