King’s Lynn Town opening day opponents Merthyr among the favourites

King's Lynn Town Fc v Southport FC ENGANL00220130114105936
King's Lynn Town Fc v Southport FC ENGANL00220130114105936
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Newly-promoted Merthyr clinched promotion to the Premier Division last season, finishing 11 points clear of second-placed Evesham United and suffering just four defeats.

The summer has seen some changes with the arrival of midfielder Ashley Evans for his second spell at the club plus left back Chris Hugh, former captain with Taffs Well.

Other arrivals include former Cardiff City and Wales under-19 international Gethyn Hill along with former Yeovil and Weymouth defender Rhys Baggridge.

But the club have recently lost the services of Kris Leek, a former player-of-the-year, due to work and family commitments.

Despite the misgivings of some fans on social media, bookmakers have Merthyr as third favourites to win the league behind St Neots and Poole.

Pre-season results for The Martyrs includes Weston-super-Mare (0-2), Gloucester City (0-1), Carmarthen Town(4-0), Cinderford Town (1-0), Hereford United (2-2), Abergavenny Town (6-0), Swansea City U21 (3-1) and Penydarren (3-0).

Ground: Cigg-e Stadium, Penydarren Park, Park Terrace, Merthyr Tydfil. CF47 8RF.

Admission: Adult: £10, Concs: £8, Under 16 £1.

Southern Football League 2014–15 table

Team P W F A Pt

Corby T (P) 44 29 86 47 94

Poole T 44 28 84 35 91

Truro C (P) 44 27 83 58 86

Hungerford T 44 22 64 36 79

St Neots T 44 20 82 58 76

Redditch U 44 21 73 44 75

Weymouth 44 22 71 71 73

Cirencester T 44 20 77 54 72

Hitchin T 44 20 78 63 70

Paulton Rv 44 18 65 62 64

Chippenham T 44 16 54 54 61

Chesham U 44 16 79 72 60

Cambridge C 44 14 71 62 57

Dunstable T 44 16 71 78 57

Bideford 44 16 66 85 55

Slough T 44 13 66 88 51

Dorchester T 44 14 63 74 50

Histon 44 13 53 74 49

Biggleswade T 44 11 57 75 45

Frome T 44 10 49 80 41

Banbury U (R) 44 9 53 86 37

Arlesey T (R) 44 10 43 84 36

Burnham (R) 44 5 41 89 20

* (P)= promoted, (R)= relegated. Hereford U folded, record expunged.