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Post  Merthyr Imp on Tue Feb 23, 2016 2:40 pm

A valuable win. Did anyone see that coming after Saturday?
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Post  Boz1964 on Tue Feb 23, 2016 2:41 pm

Quality result....Boz
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Post  Merthyr Imp on Tue Feb 23, 2016 2:43 pm

Whatever the other results tonight we move up at least two places - above St Neots who didn't play, and Stratford themselves on goal difference.
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Post  douggolfer on Tue Feb 23, 2016 2:51 pm

Great result ,just what the DR ordered,  well done all

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Post  cliffyboy on Tue Feb 23, 2016 3:03 pm

Attendance 145 - there were other important games going on tonight!! #ArmchairFans

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Post  Nubs on Tue Feb 23, 2016 3:04 pm

cliffyboy wrote:Attendance 145 - there were other important games going on tonight!! #ArmchairFans
Only 54 saw Cirencester beat Paulton 3-0.
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Post  CF34martyr on Tue Feb 23, 2016 4:05 pm

Well done lads .The perfect reply to a lacklustre performance on Saturday.
This should set us up nicely for the next game against Dunstable,who lost tonight.
Keep it going. Smile

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Post  scamp on Tue Feb 23, 2016 4:19 pm

Think we should dig our 3g pitch up we seem to play better on grass

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Post  OWNES1 on Wed Feb 24, 2016 12:15 am

Can we change all our remaining games to be played away.

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Post  douggolfer on Wed Feb 24, 2016 2:32 am

Big debate about 3G pitches at moment, in depth article in the Irish times  (yes boz we know it's the Irish times)
Worth a read !!!!!

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Post  Nubs on Wed Feb 24, 2016 2:40 am

douggolfer wrote:Big debate about 3G pitches at moment, in depth article in the Irish times  (yes boz we know it's the Irish times)
Worth a read !!!!!
http://www.irishtimes.com/sport/other-sports/synthetic-pitches-are-health-fears-totally-groundless-1.2543114?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter
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Post  Boz1964 on Wed Feb 24, 2016 11:53 am

Interesting reading - but until the Powers that be issue a ban on them then it is the 'state of the art' defence- a person claiming such 'injury' would have to prove a link.

Until there is a 'moratorium' on their use and science supports this causal link then they can be continued to be use.

The 'state of the art' defence.

Who do you believe?

Big Business in the USA with vested interests who lobby to continue use or the little man trying to apportion blame in a USA led ambulance chasing culture?

Do all keepers now start wearing ice hockey/ Hannibal Lector masks during the game?

How far do we go to eliminate ALL risk....society must call heads or tails.

Would WBA 's Jeff Astle with hindsight swap his 1968 FA Cup Winners medal for the ABH that heavy leathered laced ball did to his shortened life?

Let's face facts- Everything on this Planet is designed to harm us humans.

Passive Smoking, Passive Farting, Radon Gas, Electromagnetic field, petrol fumes, pesticides , E- numbers, the list of possible carcinogenic products is added to daily.

But can we wrap each other in cotton wool or do we want to live life in a plastic bubble forever?

In Woody Allen's film the Sleeper- set in the distant future- the Health foods of the New Age are chocolate and creme cakes...

Until the pitch is found beyond 'reasonable doubt' to be unsafe-in my opinion- it would be 'criminal' not to use it.

Or until the Irish Times have proved the causal link more than once - to be sure , to be sure then we must continue to play sport on such surfaces or decommission the Aldermaston Nucleur plant and play there?

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Post  Old Sod on Wed Feb 24, 2016 2:34 pm

A rampant Merthyr Town easily brushed aside Stratford Town at the DCS Stadium on a cold but dry evening on a sticky playing surface.

Due to the unavailability of Jones and Reffell and with Hugh relegated to the bench Merthyr made a few changes from the team that lost at home to Dorchester last Saturday. Bloom regained his place at left back with Tancock coming in for Jones and Prosser returned to the starting line up to play upfront with McLaggon in a 4-4-2 formation.

Merthyr started the better with Prosser and McLaggon linking well and when McLaggon was fouled in the Stratford half Traylor sent the free kick towards goal which bounced in front of Cutts in the Stratford goal and he spilled it and as Baggridge followed it up he was caught by Cutts as he went down to redeem his error leaving Baggridge lying prone about a yard from the Stratford goal. Even though Merthyr had the opportunity to put the ball out play carried on but play was finally stopped when Traylor sent a defensive clearance out of play for a throw. After receiving lengthy treatment from Chubbs, Baggridge returned to the fray albeit limping heavily.
Stratford gained a free kick on their right which was sent into the box by McGrath but Delfouneso sent his header just over the Merthyr bar. Traylor did manage a shot from long range which went straight through to Cutts but it was Stratford who thought they had opened the scoring when the ball was sent into the Merthyr area and Magee got in a shot which was well saved by Garner but he could only palm it out to Tulloch who netted easily but play was called back for what seemed to me to be an offside decision against Magee when he had the original shot. Stratford tried to press forward but the Merthyr defence held out easily.

The good play on the Merthyr left involving Jenkins and McLaggon freed Bloom who from the byline sent in a good cross which was pushed over his own bar by Cutts. The resulting corner was sent to the near post by Traylor and was cleared as far as Evans who was fouled leading to a free kick on the right which was taken by Traylor. He sent it high into the area and Jenkins got his head to it but could only send it over the bar. Baggridge then sent a long ball into the Stratford half which was headed on by Prosser to Traylor in the area but he veered out further left so his near post shot went wide.

Stratford got 2 corners in quick succession and from the second one Garner was called upon to make a good catch under pressure from 2 Stratford players. Garner then sent a good long clearance into the Stratford half which was superbly controlled by Traylor and he turned, ran down the right and put it inside to McLaggon who made progress towards the edge of the 6 yard area and slipped it easily across Cutts and in at the far post and Merthyr were a goal to the good after 30 minutes.

A few minutes later, Prosser, who was winning just about everything in the air headed on a free kick from the Merthyr half and a rejuvenated McLaggon latched onto it and got a shot away which was blocked and it came out to Wright who sent in a stinging shot from about 20 yards which was arrowing towards the top left hand corner of the Stratford goal but Cutts did really well to get across and push the ball over the bar for a Merthyr corner which came to nothing. In a rare Stratford attack a long cross came into the Merthyr area which was headed onto the top of the bar by Magee and away for a goal kick.

Then Merthyr got a richly deserved second a couple of minutes before the break. Evans picked up the ball in a central position and sent it out near right towards Traylor who broke into the Stratford area and seemed to be tackled but the ball rebounded back to Traylor and he lashed it into the net past Cutts from about 8 yards. Our Solihull correspondent felt that the ball had touched Traylor’s arm as he was running through but there were no appeals from Stratford (unusually) and Merthyr went into half time with a comfortable and deserved 2-0 lead.

Stratford started the half with the expected attempted onslaught but could make very little progress against a strong Merthyr defence and Merthyr were soon back on the attack and Francis found that the only way he could beat Prosser in the air was to foul him but Traylor’s kick was missed by McLaggon and through to Cutts who could only palm it out but it was cleared by his defenders. Davies was coming more and more into the game on the right and was playing some dangerous balls through to Jenkins as Merthyr continued to press forward.

Shots from McLaggon, Wright and Prosser failed to trouble the scorer but after about 20 minutes of the second half Jenkins made to game safe. A long ball into the Stratford half was picked up by Prosser who sent it left into the path of Jenkins who ran on into the area and sent an excellent shot across Cutts and into the net and the game was safe with Merthyr winning 3-0.
Stratford made a few substitutions but they had little effect. Merthyr also made a couple of changes with Brown replacing McLaggon and Bowen replacing Jenkins at the death and Merthyr played out the rest of the game comfortably with no alarms and were seemingly content with a third consecutive 3 goal tally at away games.

It was an excellent team performance by the Martyrs following on from a couple of rather inept displays against Frome and Dorchester. Tancock did really well in the middle of the defence alongside Baggridge who had suffered that early knee injury in his collision with Cutts which did restrict his movement. Both full backs did well with Davies showing his usual attacking flair and Bloom was sound defensively. Wright and Evans, with help from Traylor and Jenkins bossed the midfield. Wright came out well on top with his battle against the Stratford midfielder, McGrath and Evans was as combative as ever. Both Traylor and Jenkins looked dangerous and both scored which is all that can be asked of them. Upfront, Prosser linked well with McLaggon who after his goal looked very much like his old self whilst Prosser lost about 2 headers all game and gave both centre halves a torrid time. It's very difficult to name an MOTM as all played well with Prosser and Wright maybe standing out. Given the battle he had in midfield against a quality player Wright gets the nod from me.

All in all it was a very satisfying evening with the right result. The green boots have obviously regained their magic which will hopefully continue in Dunstable on Saturday.

Onwards and Upwards!




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Post  Boz1964 on Thu Feb 25, 2016 1:04 am

Great report Ancient Turf, glad to see the legendary boots have regained their 'lucky charms' and the side return to its winning ways.

Three more wins should retain our Prem status and mission accomplished for this season.

Get the Club Webleys & Romans open ready for the next exciting stage in the Clubs reincarnation and rebirth.

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Post  Old Sod on Thu Feb 25, 2016 5:03 am

Boz1964 wrote:Get the Club Webleys & Romans open ready for the next exciting stage in the Clubs reincarnation and rebirth.Boz

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Post  Boz1964 on Thu Feb 25, 2016 1:05 pm

Apologies, I thought punctuation was the pop music scene championed by the Sex Pistols and apostrophes were awards given to bee-keepers....Boz
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Post  Solihull Martyr on Thu Feb 25, 2016 4:37 pm

To be fair, I did say hint of handball. Would have been very harsh to disallow. If anything, it bounced up so quickly it would almost have been impossible to gain an advantage by handling.

You did promise me the report would be short...!
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Post  Merthyr Imp on Fri Feb 26, 2016 9:43 am

Solihull Martyr wrote:
You did promise me the report would be short...!

To read a (much) shortened version you won't want to miss your copy of the Leamington match programme on 5th March. Only £2.00 from all good sales outlets.
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