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CAR­MARTHEN Town will face one of their Welsh Premier League ri­vals as they warm up for the new sea­son.

The Old Gold will take on Cardiff Met in one of their pre-sea­son friendlies as man­ager Neil Smoth­ers puts his squad through their paces in the com­ing weeks.

That game against the Archers, who qual­i­fied for the Europa League for the first time in their his­tory with a penalty shootout vic­tory over Bala Town last month, takes place at Rich­mond Park on Satur­day, July 27 (2.30pm).

The sides met four times last sea­son, with Car­marthen win­ning both league games at Rich­mond Park. Met won one of their home matches, with the other game end­ing in a draw.

It is one of five pre-sea­son games Car­marthen have so far planned, though they are also hop­ing to ar­range a clash for Wed­nes­day, July 10.

FAW Cham­pi­onship side Haver­ford­west County visit Car­marthen on July 13 (2.30pm), with the Old Gold head­ing to Bri­ton Ferry Llan­sawel the fol­low­ing Wed­nes­day (7.30pm).

Near neigh­bours Llanelli Town make the short trip to Rich­mond Park on July 24 (7.30pm). Then comes the game against Cardiff Met, be­fore a visit to Cin­der­ford on Satur­day, Au­gust 3.

The new WPL sea­son is due to get un­der way the fol­low­ing week­end.

The pre-sea­son friendlies will give Town’s sup­port­ers a chance to cast their eyes over the club’s trio of sum­mer signings.

Chris Jones has made the move from Llanelli Town, while El­liot Scotcher and Josh Bull are the other new ar­rivals at Rich­mond Park.

Scotcher has ar­rived from Welsh League side Haver­ford­west County, while he has also played for Cardiff Met, Merthyr, Aberys­t­wyth, Barry Town and was a for­mer scholar with Ip­swich Town.

Bull, a for­ward from Blae­navon in the Gwent County League, has also played for Aber­tillery Blue­birds, Mon­mouth Town, Goytre, Aberys­t­wyth and Cwm­bran Celtic.

Mean­while, Liam Thomas was a dou­ble win­ner at Car­marthen Town’s sports­men’s din­ner.

The club’s all-time lead­ing scorer won the awards for man­ager’s player of the year and sup­port­ers’ player of the year.

De­fender Lee Sur­man was the win­ner of the play­ers’ player of the year prize.

Eirian Rees was named club­man of the year at Cwmamman United’s pre­sen­ta­tion night. Rees, who stood down as man­ager after the most suc­cess­ful sea­son in the club’s his­tory which saw them fin­ish sixth in di­vi­sion one of the Welsh League, re­ceived his award from Car­marthen­shire Coun­cil chair­man Kevin Madge.

Liam Thomas.

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