The View From The Oppo this week comes from Merthyr fan Tom Yemm, who forms part of the ‘Merthyr On The Terraces’ fan group.
Tell us about yourself?
I've supported Merthyr for about 6 years and to be fair I've enjoyed every minute of it. As far as fan organisations I’m in with the Merthyr on the Terraces group, we've got a good bunch of lads who travel to every game come rain come or shine.
We had to build a whole new squad over the summer with a new management team. Was there much change at your end over the summer?
There wasn’t much change for us over the summer. We had a couple of players leave for the Welsh leagues but we did sign 5 players which is good.
What were your aims at the start of the season?
For me with the team that we have my aim for is playoffs.
You’ve had an inconsistent start to the season, how do you see the first few weeks of the season from a Merthyr perspective?
The first few weeks haven't seen much go our way with results. I'd put it down injuries and players being played put of position and it's just not happened for us so far, hopefully change of fortune is on the cards for us.
Which of your players are you most excited about this season?
For me, Gethyn Hill. From what we've seen of him during preseason I'm looking forward to seeing what he's going to offer us this season.
Who will be the dark horse of the league this season?
The dark horse for me if say would be Chesham. With the way they've started the season they could be tricky to beat this year
What away day are you looking forward to most?
Other than Walton, I'd say Wimborne as we normally have a good welcome down there
Despite only having played each other twice, Merthyr fans are held in high regard by Stags fans. You came here at roughly the same stage last season on the boat and seemed to have a great time, signing and drinking us dry long after the final whistle and your fans gave us a standing ovation as we left the clubhouse having won to stay up on the last game of the season which was a great touch. Is there another boat on Saturday and can we expect even more of your fans down here this season?
Unfortunately this year we fell short of numbers to do a boat trip this year, but nevertheless we will be in good support again. We have a great bunch of supporters and that showed when you came to is at the end of last season. Hopefully the bar will be stocked up well this year as we never know how many supporters will turn up…
I’m going with a 2-1 Merthyr win #upthetown
Tip for the title?
I'd say either Weston or Truro. Having both come down last year they will be looking to go straight back up
KP prawn cocktail
A big thanks to Tom for answering our questions this week. Don't forget that Saturday is our designated 'Foodbank game' where we'll be taking donations for the Walton & Hersham Foodbank. All donations will be greatly appreciated, more details on what we need can be found here - https://www.waltoncasuals.co.uk/club-news/charity/