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Post  Solihull Martyr on Sat Feb 27, 2016 5:35 am

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Post  Solihull Martyr on Sat Feb 27, 2016 8:05 am

Garner, Bloom, Davies, Tancock, Baggridge, Wright, Evans, Jenkins, Traylor, Reffell, McClaggon. Subs: Jones, Clarke, Hugh, Bowen, Brown
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Post  Solihull Martyr on Sat Feb 27, 2016 8:08 am

1-0 down after 2 minutes
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Post  Solihull Martyr on Sat Feb 27, 2016 8:14 am

2-0 down. Penalty in the 10th min
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Post  rustic on Sat Feb 27, 2016 8:34 am

No Prosser,working perhaps??

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Post  Solihull Martyr on Sat Feb 27, 2016 8:54 am

H/t 2 down
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Post  Boz1964 on Sat Feb 27, 2016 9:01 am

Hyde , Jekyll , Hyde?....Boz
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Post  rustic on Sat Feb 27, 2016 9:35 am

2. 1 now

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Post  Solihull Martyr on Sat Feb 27, 2016 9:35 am

2-1 72nd min. Not sure who scored
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Post  Solihull Martyr on Sat Feb 27, 2016 9:36 am

Traylor pen Dunstable down to 10 men for handball
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Post  Solihull Martyr on Sat Feb 27, 2016 9:56 am

Full time. Lost 2-1
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Post  Merthyr Imp on Sat Feb 27, 2016 9:58 am

Thanks for the updates. A closer result than seemed likely early on.

Two tricky home games coming up now.
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Post  Merthyr Imp on Sat Feb 27, 2016 10:01 am

Some early results in - Stratford and St Neots both lost and Chesham drew with Bideford, so we stay in 16th place.
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Post  Old Sod on Sun Feb 28, 2016 4:12 am

The Martyrs recent run of excellent away results came to an abrupt end at Dunstable where they effectively lost the game in the opening 10 minutes, conceding 2 poor goals and allowing the home side to dominate proceedings for at least the first 20 minutes before inching their way back into it.

Prosser had a neck injury so Reffell returned to the starting line up and with Jones only fit enough for a place on the bench, Tancock continued in the central defensive role he filled so well in Stratford on Tuesday.

The conditions were not the best with the pitch having a bouncy surface crust from the recent dry weather but there was still dampness beneath that and Merthyr played into a strong breeze in the first half and went behind as early as the first minute. Instead of lumping the ball out of play, Tancock diverted a ball into the area towards Garner who picked it up and Mr Howick deemed that it was a back pass and awarded an indirect free kick against the Merthyr keeper. The kick was positioned a couple of yards outside the left hand corner of Garner’s 6 yard area and the ball was tapped to Talbot who sent an excellent left footed shot across the goal and into the top right hand corner of the Merthyr goal. It was all Dunstable and Keenleyside sent in a good shot from about 20 yards which Garner did well to get down to his left near the post and palm it away for a throw to the home side.

Watkins also had a shot which just cleared the Merthyr bar and it looked as if it was only a matter of time before Dunstable scored their second which the duly did after about 10 minutes. A long ball was sent over the Merthyr defence and Roache made good ground to head the ball over the onrushing Garner who clattered into the Dunstable striker. Meanwhile the ball was heading towards the Merthyr goal until Tancock did really well to hook the ball away before it crossed the line. Mr Howick immediately awarded a penalty to our hosts for the challenge by Garner who was deemed culpable for the collision between himself and Roache and also earned himself a yellow card. It could have been worse because if Tancock had not cleared the ball it would have been a red card. Talbot dispatched the kick easily to Garner’s left and the Martyrs were 2 down with under 10% of the game completed.

For the next 10 minutes Dunstable continued to have the upper hand and Talbot could have had a hat trick when a powerful right footed shot from about 20 yards screamed just wide of Garner’s left hand post as the Merthyr defence again parted like the Red Sea.

The Merthyr players were feeling frustrated and 2 further cautions were issued to Wright and Traylor for high feet in the tackle as the ball was bouncing high on the top surface whereas similar challenges from the home side went unpunished and Baggridge also found his name entered in the referee’s notebook after bringing down Roache as he broke through but gradually they got themselves back into the game with Jenkins starting to make inroads down the Merthyr left. He made one excellent one when he got past Wharton near the corner flag and ran along the byline, into the six yard area and tried to slip it past Head in the Dunstable goal but somehow he managed to trap the ball between his legs as he got down and the chance was lost. Head also made a good save down to his left from a Wright 25 yarder which he pushed around the post for a Merthyr corner which like other set pieces that Merthyr earned in the first half came to nothing.

Just before the break there was a bit of a scramble in the Dunstable area and McLaggon tried to line up a shot but it was partially cleared to Evans who sent in a bullet of a shot from 20 yards which Head again did extremely well to get down to but he could only palm it out and the rebound almost fell to Jenkins but a Dunstable defender nipped in and got it away. Merthyr went into the break losing 2-0.

Merthyr started the second half with purposeful play that was sadly lacking for the first 20 minutes of the first half and were well on top not allowing Dunstable the room they had enjoyed. Davies sent a good ball forward to the edge of the area to find McLaggon who was clearly fouled but the referee awarded nothing and the ball went through to Head. McLaggon obviously made his feelings known to the referee and was added to the list of cautions. Reffell gained a corner on the Merthyr right which Traylor sent near post and Reffell’s hooked effort was cleared for another corner which was headed down and cleared off the line by Talbot. Reffell headed it back in but again Dunstable cleared but only as far as Wright who sent it far post to Baggridge whose weak header found the hands of Head. Dunstable tried to counter and gained a corner on their right which lead to a shot by Wharton which went high over the Merthyr bar and out of the ground.

Then Merthyr got the break their second half play deserved when with about 20 minutes to go a Traylor corner was headed towards goal by Wright (I think) which was on its way in when it was intercepted by the left arm of Keenleyside and Mr Howick awarded a penalty and issued a red card to the Dunstable player. Traylor sent the keeper the wrong way and the ball nestled in the back of the net and Merthyr were back in the game.

Bloom then misjudged a long ball into the Merthyr half and allowed it to bounce in trying to shepherd it out of play but it was nicked off him and went into Wharton who found Roache in the area who finished well but was clearly in an offside position so the “goal” was chalked off. Evans then sent a good ball across field to Davies who wasted no time in getting it into the area for Pepera to head clear but only as far as Traylor on the right hand side of the area but his hurried shot went high and wide of Head’s left hand post.

Brown replaced the tiring Jenkins and a little later Bowen replaced Davies as Merthyr went to 3 at the back to try to get the equaliser. McLaggon was fouled halfway inside the Dunstable half on the left and Traylor sent a long free kick high into the area towards the near post which was allowed to bounce near the 6 yard line and Head did really well to palm the ball over the bar. The resulting corner taken by Traylor went near post and was cleared back to him and this time his long cross went far post which was well defended and came off a Merthyr player for a goal kick.

Dunstable had a couple of efforts on goal which missed the target and then Traylor missed the chance which could have gained the Martyrs a share of the points. Evans sent a ball across field to Bowen just outside the D who helped it onto Traylor who had time on the edge of the area but he tried to chip Head and the ball went over the bar. Wright did manage a header on target but from an offside position and shortly afterwards the referee brought the game to an end with Dunstable winning 2-1.

It just goes to show that if you’re off the pace early on and leak 2 quick, preventable goals you are less likely to win a game. Merthyr did get back into it towards the middle of the first half and had much the better of the second but could not retrieve the situation. The conditions were not the best but it was the same for both sides and Dunstable made the most of the wind in the first half and there was some lacklustre defending on show. However after that poor start when Merthyr started to play they showed they were the better footballing side but as John Major would say that does not butter the parsnips if you fail to overturn problems of our own creation.
However, we go again with 2 home games coming up and I’m sure the lads won’t make such a poor start as they did yesterday.

MOTM for me yesterday was Ashley Evans who ran his heart out, making some excellent tackles and sending out some good balls to the Merthyr attackers and he’s one who can certainly be excluded from any criticism for our play in that first fateful 10 to 20 minutes.


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Post  Boz1964 on Sun Feb 28, 2016 4:23 am

Great write -up, Ancient Turf, I enjoyed reading it....Boz
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Post  Solihull Martyr on Sun Feb 28, 2016 5:00 am

Old Sod wrote:It just goes to show that if you’re off the pace early on and leak 2 quick, preventable goals you are less likely to win a game.
With insight like that you should be a pundit on the box!

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Post  Merthyr Imp on Sun Feb 28, 2016 9:26 am

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Post  Old Sod on Sun Feb 28, 2016 10:57 am

Below is the match report from the Dunstable website which makes great reading. People accuse me of being a bit eccentric but this one is superb. He was a really nice fellow, smoked a huge pipe and reminded me of a Geography teacher from the bygone age.

It has been a decade since Merthyr Town have come to Creasey Park and once more it proved not to be a happy hunting ground for them. They have visited eleven times since 1965/66 and have drawn three and won only once. In the corresponding fixture this season at Penydarren Park, Dunstable had a fairly comfortable 3-1 win, but today’s win was devoid of that luxury but made up for it with dramatic occurrences.

All three goals came from set pieces and during the match we saw two penalties, a disallowed goal, and an almost indecent number of cautions, as well as one dismissal. Yet the game was feisty rather than nasty and in the opening stages the Martyrs lived up to their nickname.

In the very first minute – indeed after about fifteen seconds, replacement referee Kevin Howick awarded a free-kick to Dunstable following a definitely controlled back pass – right inside the Merthyr penalty area. So cometh the minute, cometh the man and Danny Talbot’s notable strike saw him open the scoring when his free-kick found the top left corner. The ongoing effect of this startling early goal was unsettled play from the visitors whose disputatious conduct earned them five cautions within half an hour.

They were still struggling to get some effective pattern into their play when they went further behind – and after nine minutes. The goal-keeper, Glyn Garner had donned his kamikaze shirt and his robust challenge on the willowy Lee Roache left our player in an undignified heap, but not before he got his shot away. This was cleared off the line in notable style by Scott Tancock but the whistle had gone for a penalty and Garner received the first booking of five for the Martyrs (all in the space of half an hour). Garner was not dismissed as the referee explained afterwards, that the fact that the ball was cleared from the line anyway, it was deemed not to be a goal scoring opportunity, which seems a little contradictory but there you are.

Talbot placed the ball on the spot and would brook no interference and his text book penalty gave what we hoped was some comfort and breathing space, but it proved not to be the case. Talbot was evidently in heroic mode as not only did he come close to bagging a hat-trick he also went on to clear off the goal line following a swift Merthyr attack.

Adam Watkins had his customary go at goal, with his best effort landing rather forlornly on the roof of the net and Talbot’s next effort was not that far wide of the post. Merthyr were clearly rattled and had not yet found the rhythm in their play that came relatively close to forcing a draw against the hosts who were reduced to ten men after seventy minutes. More of this erelong.

With the faces of the Merthyr players at times becoming as red as their away strip in anger, this was plainly working against them. Each booking made them appear to be more vulnerable but to their enormous credit, when they settled they played some good attacking football, but were errant in their finishing and they also tended to waste what free-kicks they were awarded.

Corey Jenkins had the best answer – that is to get on with it all and his run on the left flank was inspirational and needed a fine save from Jamie Head. But perhaps the best effort was the blistering shot from Jarrad Wright that looked goal bound but Head was equal to it again. There was some excellent defending from Zack Reynolds as well – his interception close to the goal line was vital – or so it seemed until the whistle had gone for an infringement.

But this served to remind us that the two goal lead was not unassailable and Dunstable had been thwarted in their attempts to score from open play so far. Merthyr’s early sacrificial tendencies had been abolished from their minds and they now looked a purposeful side.

Opinions on the game were of course varied, and during the interval I pondered on how different perspectives on the game emerge. We often only choose to see what we want to see. This morning I was wandering around dreamily and my partner told me I was wearing odd socks. I then told her that they were not odd as I had another pair just like these. I had commiserated with Tony Fontenelle and Danny Talbot on the narrow loss against Leamington, which, I concluded was a game we deserved to draw. Others agreed with me, including opposing supporters, but our manager and his deputy were of the opinion that ‘we were battered throughout’. The only goal had come from a Howard Hall deflection and it was one of few goal attempts. Perhaps my perspective was altered by the last few minutes when Dunstable threatened to score an equaliser. A ‘tweet’ from Leamington said ‘hanging on’ and another posted view was that they ‘had just about deserved to win’. Maybe I am just naïve – after all, for years I thought Les Dennis was French for ‘fire engines’.

My perspective on this first half was that after their kamikaze first ten minutes the Martyrs began to play with more co-ordination and this was improved further when they reduced the Dunstable goals to a mere aberration on their part. Certainly in the second half they had periods of sustained pressure and were adept at the counter attack. They clawed back a goal from a penalty with twenty minutes to go and tried to make matters count against the ten men of Dunstable, following David Keenleyside’s own bit of martyrdom of handling on the goal line following a corner.

Merthyr had a corner which was cleared by Talbot. At the other end a combination of Roache and Wharton (overseen by Hall) saw a corner conceded and Talbot’s cross eventually came out to Wharton who ballooned it into the car park. Two free kicks for both sides were wasted and by now substitutions were being made.

Then came the dramatic moment following another Martyr’s corner, and a goal looked certain until, not the hand of God, (‘Yella’ was not playing), but the hand of David Keenleyside. It was blatant and our man began his walk of shame before the red card was held aloft. I say walk of shame, but there is perhaps a smidgeon of vindication in what is termed ‘taking one for the team’. Keenleyside, hovering almost illegally by the players’ entrance told me that there was little he could do about it and that it was, honestly, ball to hand. Perspective again – as it looked to most as a deliberate act.

In any case it meant little to Ian Traylor who converted the penalty with apparent ease and it made matters rather intriguing as Dunstable would have to face a rejuvenated Martyrs side that one could sense would be making the most to equalise as quickly as possible and maybe even win. The penalty had, in a sense emotionally vindicated them and they no longer railed at the referee’s decisions. They were better for that and we had a last period of frenetic activity in the best ‘end to end’ tradition. But for all the huff and puff we still did not see a goal from open play which might well cause both managers a little twinge of anxiety.

To add to the repertoire of incidents we had a goal ruled off side for Dunstable. This came from a rather sweet move involving Roache and Wharton with the former finding the net just as he heard the prolonged blast of the referee’s whistle and the assistant’s flag was held aloft. We could have done with more moves like that but there were some vital interceptions for both sides, spirited runs from individuals. Roache put another over the bar, but his best work today was in the tackle and the ‘lay off’. He gave way to Connor Calcutt for the last ten minutes.

Traylor messed one chance completely. He had time to control the ball, which he did, and more time to take accurate aim, which he did not, and the ball sailed into the Regimental flags on Chav Hill. Wright had an even better chance to snatch an equaliser and his header was only inches wide.

Dunstable coped adequately with the last bouts of Martyr pressure, with gutsy interventions by the ever reliable Adam Watkins and James Kaloczi, but a performance of note was witnessed in David Longe-king who has surely staked a claim for possible automatic selection in future games.

There was quite a bit of time added on as the referee (who was being assessed) enforced a rule regarding Danny Talbot’s presence in the technical area, as his name was not entered in the list of officials, but instead, quite properly as a player. This delay caused some temporary incandescence from a martyr or two, whose existential advice to the referee was to get on with the blanking game. Anyhow time’s foot was lazy and it was a nervous last few minutes that called upon the ten men to see it thought without conceding. They did so, and I will replicate the view of the Leamington supporter in our last match. Dunstable had done enough to win, but those early goals were, of course, of great importance.

Perhaps Dunstable’s anxiety is reflected in the fact that they succumbed to two bookings, (as well as the dismissal), both straight cautions coming late in the game. I do confess my own anxiety as when the Martyrs were last here – some eleven years ago, they forced a 2-2 draw, and in the corresponding match Dunstable held out for a 0-0 draw, with former goalkeeper and hero, Paul Taylor, playing the game of his life. But now in 2016, Dunstable achieved a league double over the Welsh side and when all the hoo-ha dies down it will just be a statistic.

Importantly it brings to a welcome end the unwanted run of three straight league defeats. Given the circumstances it was acceptable and no doubt welcomed by the home faithful. The games will not become any easier with an away trip against Slough Town and then the long trek to Bideford. As well as that there will be evening games against Kettering Town (which was postponed last Saturday) and Redditch United.

No doubt the Martyrs will have returned to the Principality nursing a grievance or two, as they came close to forcing a draw in that frenetic last spell, with Dunstable shoring up the defences with their ten men. They will also feel a bit sore at shipping two goals within ten minutes. I bet that one of their officials who won a bottle of booze on the Tombola and twenty quid on the football card would gladly trade them for points today.


Only the second defeat for the green boots so they will not be consigned to the dustbin yet!

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Post  Solihull Martyr on Sun Feb 28, 2016 1:09 pm

Seem to recall this chap from previous encounters with Dunstable. If the little grey cells are working properly, he's got some sort of military nickname (the General?) and used to go on about "the Regiment".

We don't think you are eccentric Phil - just bl**dy barking mad!
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Post  Boz1964 on Sun Feb 28, 2016 2:57 pm

An interesting read ....thought the Les Dennis crack was a good one too...if humour on the forum is still condoned...Boz
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Post  Old Sod on Mon Feb 29, 2016 3:54 am

Solihull Martyr wrote:Seem to recall this chap from previous encounters with Dunstable.  If the little grey cells are working properly, he's got some sort of military nickname (the General?) and used to go on about "the Regiment".

We don't think you are eccentric Phil - just bl**dy barking mad!

His nomme de plume on their forum is Pipeman which seemed very apt.
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Post  cliffyboy on Mon Feb 29, 2016 5:55 am

Boz1964 wrote:An interesting read ....thought the Les Dennis crack was a good one too...if humour on the forum is still condoned...Boz

Please keep posting your humorous match reports etc. it's essential reading IMO Laughing

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Post  Nubs on Thu Mar 03, 2016 9:06 am

Brief highlights from Saturday's game:- 


https://youtu.be/ZYYmWtO_eZE
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