The Montgomery Files: August Review
It was an excellent start for the club as we embarked on our second season in the Vanarama National. Merthyr scored 14 goals in their five fixtures, dropping just two points, and sit two points clear at the top of the league table at the end of August.
The club opened the season with a trip south to play Eastleigh, and proved deadly from deadball situations in their 3-1 win. In their first home game of the season, we hosted the highly fancied Kidderminster, and looked on track to win before conceding twice in the last 15 minutes to only draw. A Charlie Delve wonderstrike was enough to close out Dag & Red on the road, and then it was back to Penydarren Park for the last two games of the month. Three first half goals was enough to hold off another late charge from Aldershot Town, and then we fired on all cylinders to thrash Ebbsfleet 5-1, again with every goal coming in the first half.
Our excellent early form sees them sitting first in the league after 5 games, two points clear of Kidderminster. They have scored a league high 14 goals, and are one of just three teams yet to lose a game. It’s a great early foundation for success this season, but no one at the club will be getting ahead of themselves just yet.
Player of the Month: Charlie Delve
Liam Williams was more highly rated by league officials and came 3rd in the league POTM but I’ve decided to go with our loanee winger Charlie Delve. I knew he was a talent when I signed him but he’s exceeded expectations thus far and has been crucial to our success. He’s been involved in 5 goals in his 5 games thus far; 3 assists shows how important he is to our buildup play and 2 absolutely brilliant goals; a long range strike against Dag & Red and then a solo run from the halfway line against Aldershot.
We’ve had a completely clean bill of health so far this season, with no players missing any games thus far which has allowed me to play a line-up with minimal changes each week.
The Month Ahead
It’s a tale of two halves in September; the Chester game that was meant to be played on the 6th has been moved and so we play just once in the first 12 days and then five times in the last 18. It’ll be a tough slog, but it will mean plenty of rotation and a chance for bench players to impress me. I’m keen to push onwards and try and keep up the pressure at the top of the table.