Tim's Penny for the Guys

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Byline: By MARK BLOOM South Wales Echo

In for a penny, in for pound, could be Merthyr Tydfil manager Tim Harris' motto ahead of the club's money-spinning FA Cup tie with Walsall at Penydarren Park (7.45pm). The televised first round encounter could generate more than pounds 100,000 for the Martyrs, but the money - and the luck - started rolling in as early as September when the Martyrs tackled Taunton Town.

The second qualifying round match finished in a tense 1-1 draw, but Debbie Evans, wife of assistant manager Paul, picked up a penny from outside the club and handed it to Harris claiming it would bring good luck for the rest of the competition.

And she was right. Merthyr won the replay 2-1, and then beat Salisbury and Farnborough to set up tonight's mouth-watering clash.

'I have kept the penny in my kit-bag for luck since that day,' said Harris, who has a fine FA Cup pedigree with Cinderford Town and Newport County.

'I think we might need more than a penny tonight,' he said. …