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Post  Solihull Martyr on Sat Mar 12, 2016 7:35 am

Team:
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Tancock Jones Baggridge Davies
Traylor Evans Wright Jenkins
Mclaggon Reffell

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Bloom Hugh Bowen Brown Prosser
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Post  Solihull Martyr on Sat Mar 12, 2016 8:18 am

1 down 15mins very poor defending.
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Post  Solihull Martyr on Sat Mar 12, 2016 8:22 am

1-1 20mins Getting Jones poking in at the back post.
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Post  Solihull Martyr on Sat Mar 12, 2016 8:40 am

1-2 up. Mclaggon with the freedom of the park in front of goal. Non-existent defending and keeper poorly positioned. 35mins.
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Post  Solihull Martyr on Sat Mar 12, 2016 8:50 am

H/t 1-2. Should be more.
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Post  Solihull Martyr on Sat Mar 12, 2016 9:17 am

Sub 60mins: Brown replaces Jenkins.
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Post  Nubs on Sat Mar 12, 2016 9:18 am

Next Saturdays opponents Cambridge City, are losing 4-0 at half time at home to Kettering.
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Post  Merthyr Imp on Sat Mar 12, 2016 9:26 am

Nubs wrote:Next Saturdays opponents Cambridge City, are losing 4-0 at half time at home to Kettering.

I understand Cambridge are currently missing several first choice players through injury. Have to wait and see if they're fit for our game(s) with them.
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Post  Solihull Martyr on Sat Mar 12, 2016 9:51 am

F/t 1-2. Much more even second half.
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Post  Merthyr Imp on Sat Mar 12, 2016 9:54 am

Thanks for the updates.
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Post  Boz1964 on Sat Mar 12, 2016 10:00 am

Well done lads.

Hopefully put to 'Bed' any relegation worries that we have.....Boz
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Post  Taffia on Sat Mar 12, 2016 10:01 am

Merthyr Imp wrote:Thanks for the updates.

I'd second that. Well done, lads.
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Post  Solihull Martyr on Sat Mar 12, 2016 11:33 am

Well, what to say...

I'll leave it to our emerald-footed elf to do the long and rambling write up. In brief:

We started out as though we would win at a canter. The opening goal on 15 minutes for the home side was a result of rank poor defending, with the Greenbacks players allowed to skip past our defence. Thankfully it was the wake-up call we needed, and we were level within 5 minutes. Jones poking home at the far post on the narrow side of the keeper. Hint of a handball in the build-up, although it looked more ball-to-hand to me, and didn't really give any advantage. For the remainder of the half we took complete control. The biggest mystery being how we didn't go into the break more than 2 up. Whilst Kayne took the second well, again this time it was poor defending from the home side, and to me the keeper was a little at fault. That said the home keeper - who was a decent sport throughout - pulled off a couple of excellent saves: one right at the end of the half in particular. He would be my MotM for Bedworth.

Second half was a much more even affair. Indeed, with better front men the home side could easily have equalised, and possibly even nicked it. We seemed to content to play more on the break, and as the game wore on allowed Bed'uth to press us further and further back. That said, I thought we were well worth the win for our dominant first-half performance after conceding.

Surprised Prosser didn't make an appearance. Poor crowd - I'd say no more than 150, with about 40 from the Pearl. As ever, found the home fans pretty warm and welcoming.

Hopefully another win or two to guarantee safety. Given Bedworth is only 23 miles for me, be delighted if they survive. Unfortunately I think that's a forlorn hope...
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Post  Old Sod on Sat Mar 12, 2016 2:35 pm

The Elf will report tomorrow but it won't be as rambling as usual. Solihull summed the game up in a nutshell but I will enlarge on it slightly. Didn't see the rotund midlander there today - he must have been keeping a low profile, for once!
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Post  Solihull Martyr on Sat Mar 12, 2016 3:53 pm

Rotund...?

Behind the goals each half with the majority of Merfa fans. You seemed to be fighting a losing battle with those orrible Pink bibs!
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Post  Old Sod on Sun Mar 13, 2016 5:04 am

Merthyr outgunned Bedworth but should have had the game sewn up at half time but a combination of poor finishing and good goalkeeping meant the second half was more difficult than it should have been.

On a fine, sunny afternoon and on an excellent 3G surface, manager Steve Jenkins made 3 changes to the team that overcome Northwood to reach the Red Insure Cup Final last Tuesday with Garner, Jenkins and McLaggon returning in place of Clarke, Brown and Prosser with the latter two joining Bloom, Hugh and Bowen on the bench.

Bedworth kicked off and had the better of the early exchanges but their attacks were being easily repelled. However it was Merthyr who had the first real chance of the game when Traylor, in the Bedworth area pushed forward to McLaggon who got to the byline and sent in a good low cross which was met by Reffell and his initial shot came back to him off James Martin, in the Bedworth goal, who was having a day off from Saturday Kitchen and Martin managed to smother Reffell’s follow up effort. A few minutes later Martin made a more comfortable save when Jones who picked up a wayward clearance from the Bedworth defence sent in a speculative, low 25 yard shot which the keeper got down to easily.

Archer seemed the more likely Bedworth attacker to cause problems latched onto the ball in the Merthyr area, but Jones got in a good tackle as Archer was about to pull the trigger and the ball rebounded off archer and away for a goal kick. However it was only a short respite and it was Archer who gave Bedworth the lead in the 16th minute. A diagonal ball found Archer on the left edge of the area and he got between Tancock and Jones and got to the byline. Jones seemed content to jockey the ball out but Archer got beyond him and from a narrow angle he powered in a near post shot which beat Garner and Bedworth were 1 up.

Merthyr hit back 4 minutes later and it was Jones who got it to redeem his earlier error. Traylor earned a corner on the right when Rowe got in the way of a cross which went behind. After failing to beat the first man from a few earlier set pieces, Traylor sent this corner high towards the far post. Baggridge rose and headed it down to Jones just inside the left hand edge of the 6 yard area and he turned and shot it into the net off Martin and on 20 minutes parity had been restored.

This was a hammer blow to Bedworth and Merthyr then began to take advantage of the somewhat corpulent centre half, Christie, who was winning everything in the air but had the turning circle of a super tanker. Garner’s long kicks and other balls from midfield were being picked up by Reffell and McLaggon but initially they failed to take advantage of the situations they were put in.

Davies did really well to overlap Traylor on the left and he broke into the Bedworth area and sent in a cross which was not met by any attackers and a few minutes later it was Davies who sent in a long ball into the Bedworth half towards McLaggon who got around Christie (quite a long journey) but before he could shoot, Martin got down bravely at McLaggon’s’ feet to save. Garner then sent a long clearance forward which Traylor tried to latch onto just outside the area but Martin saved his centre halves blushes by rushing out and heading the ball clear. In an increasingly rare Bedworth attack, they gained a corner which came high into the area but Dubidat glanced his header well wide.

Another long ball over the top was controlled by McLaggon who easily brushed aside the challenge of Christie and from about 20 yards he hammered a shot along the ground which beat the diving Martin down to his right and Merthyr were ahead 2-1 with about 10 minutes of the half remaining.

Merthyr could easily have made the game safe before the break. Firstly Traylor gained a corner on the right and his kick was met by a spectacular bicycle kick from McLaggon which was cleared off the line by Kavanagh and away for another corner. Traylor’s kick was met by Wright’s head but it was glanced well wide of the Bedworth goal towards the touchline. McLaggon then got onto a nod down from Reffell, got past Christie and went through only for Martin to save his initial shot and when it came back to McLaggon he tried to chip Martin at his far post but it went over the bar. Then McLaggon did well to beat a Bedworth defender and got into the opposition half and sent it to Traylor who gave it to Tancock who pushed it back inside towards Traylor who found McLaggon but again Martin saved at his feet. Garner then sent another long kick into the Bedworth half which Christie got his head to but only succeeded in diverting it backwards and over the byline for a corner which was taken by Traylor. He sent it far post and Wright came in behind Jones but sent his clear headed chance down and wide of Martin’s right hand post. Reffell then broke down the left and sent in a stinging cross which found McLaggon in the 6 yard area and he deflected it towards goal and Martin made a tremendous reflex save and pushed it over the bar for a corner. As Traylor’s near post corner was cleared at his near post by Rowe, the referee blew for half time.

The second half was a bit more even but neither defence was overly troubled. Christie did get a header in off an early Bedworth corner but it went well wide and shortly afterwards, Jenkins picked up an injury when cutting inside and despite receiving treatment from Chubbs he couldn’t continue and was replaced by Brown. A little later from another Bedworth corner Dubidat headed the ball over the Merthyr bar and with the slenderest of leads it was always possible that Bedworth could nick one.

Merthyr gained a free kick just inside the Bedworth half which Davies sent high into the area and it found an unmarked Baggridge who seemed a bit surprised to receive the ball and he delayed his shot and it cannoned off a Bedworth defender out to Reffell who gave it to McLaggon who got it back into the box, only for Martin to make a good catch. Tancock then took a yellow for the team as he pulled back a Bedworth player who was breaking into the Merthyr half but the resulting free kick was easily dealt with by the Merthyr defence. Gould, who along with Archer seemed to be Bedworth’s best players made a good run into the Merthyr area getting past Jones and Tancock in the process but Davies was on hand to clear the potential danger but the ball fell to Parrott who shot it high and wide of the Merthyr goal.

Brown was then set free in oceans of space on the Merthyr left but instead of advancing into the area he chose to cross which was easily cleared. A long ball was then sent into the Bedworth half and Reffell tried to get around Bryan but the defender stuck out an arm and received a yellow card for handball as Reffell would have been through with a clear run towards the Bedworth area. Traylor’s free kick diverted off Creaney’s head and into the grateful arms of Martin. Then another long ball over the Bedworth defence was picked up by Reffell with Christie in attendance who used his experience to brush against Reffell and fall over for the referee to award a free kick to Bedworth.

Then came the most exciting incident in the second half when Evans and Traylor combined to foul a Bedworth player in front of the home team dugout leading to a handbags scenario with most of the players on the pitch getting involved. It took a while to sort out and Evans received s yellow card, presumably for the original tackle.

Bedworth did put the Martyrs under pressure for the last 10 minutes or so but it was all huff and puff and very little was created although Baggridge had to do really well to hoik a ball over the bar when it was bouncing dangerously in the Merthyr area. The Merthyr defence held out easily and the game ended with Merthyr deservedly wining 2-1.

After some of the away pitches we’ve played on in recent months it was a pleasure to see a game played on a true surface and even though the second half was rather flat I did enjoy the game. We scored 2 good goals and could have had more and with the exception of Gould and Archer, Bedworth had little to cause any problems to the Merthyr defence. A routine win which consolidates our league position and it also gained me 3 points in the Southern Prediction League so all is well. Reffell and McLaggon caused problems throughout the game and apart from the early error which lead to the Bedworth goal we did defend well with Davies again being my MOTM.

My green boots have now been retired as yesterday was my last game as substitute kit man and Barry returns next week. The boots’ record is played 14, won 9, drawn 2 and lost 3 which ain’t bad.

The lads have a week off now the recharge their batteries ahead of the first of our triple header against Cambridge.


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Post  Boz1964 on Sun Mar 13, 2016 6:34 am

Great Report Ancient Turf, nice to see Merthyr celebrating and returning to 'wining' ways.

Please don't retire those 'Green Onion' boots yet, as considering they are inanimate objects they have a deep,psychological effect on the team , crowd and away teams -especially when you take them off and hang them downwind from the opposing goalkeepers.

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