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Post  Solihull Martyr on Tue Mar 22, 2016 1:44 pm

Team:
Clarke
Tancock Jones Baggridge Davies
Traylor Evans Wright Jenkins
Prosser reffell.

Subs:
Bloom Hugh Scotcher Bowen Brown.

Kick off 8pm
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Post  Solihull Martyr on Tue Mar 22, 2016 2:29 pm

1-0 up, Prosser in the 20th min
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Post  Solihull Martyr on Tue Mar 22, 2016 2:49 pm

1-0 half time. Cambridge hit the post but other than that we've had the better of the play
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Post  cliffyboy on Tue Mar 22, 2016 3:06 pm

Surprised 1-1

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Post  Solihull Martyr on Tue Mar 22, 2016 3:08 pm

1-1 46th min. Good shot from edge of area
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Post  Solihull Martyr on Tue Mar 22, 2016 3:14 pm

52nd min sub. Jenkins off and Brown on
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Post  Solihull Martyr on Tue Mar 22, 2016 3:21 pm

59th min sub. Gethin Jones off and Hugh on
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Post  cliffyboy on Tue Mar 22, 2016 3:21 pm

Very Happy 2-1 Prosser again

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Post  Solihull Martyr on Tue Mar 22, 2016 3:22 pm

2-1 up! Prosser in the 60th min
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Post  cliffyboy on Tue Mar 22, 2016 3:32 pm

Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy 3-1 Hugh

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Post  cliffyboy on Tue Mar 22, 2016 3:34 pm

4-1 Traylor

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Post  Solihull Martyr on Tue Mar 22, 2016 3:34 pm

3-1 Hugh 74mins
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Post  Solihull Martyr on Tue Mar 22, 2016 3:35 pm

4-1 Traylor 75mins!
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Post  cliffyboy on Tue Mar 22, 2016 3:54 pm

5-1 Prosser Hat Trick

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Post  Solihull Martyr on Tue Mar 22, 2016 3:55 pm

5-1! Prosser hat-trick in the 90th min!
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Post  Solihull Martyr on Tue Mar 22, 2016 3:56 pm

F/t 5-1. Brilliant result!
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Post  cliffyboy on Tue Mar 22, 2016 3:58 pm

F.T 5-1 Great result

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Post  Merthyr Imp on Tue Mar 22, 2016 5:28 pm

Tonight's team:

Clarke;
Tancock,Jones,Baggridge,Davies;
Traylor,Evans,Wright,Jenkins;
Prosser,Reffell;

Subs:
Brown for Jenkins (injured?) after about 49 minutes
Hugh for Jones (injured) after about 56 minutes
Bloom
Scotcher
Bowen

The only change to Saturday's team for us, apart from Cameron Clarke in for the cup-tied Glyn Garner, was Ryan Prosser in for Kayne McLaggon with James Bloom on the bench.  Despite reports, Cambridge actually fielded a stronger lineup than on Saturday, with one or two of their injured players back, and a full set of substitutes.

As Cambridge only arrived at 7.15pm the game kicked off at 8.04pm.

The first shot of the game came from Cambridge after just 1 minute when a player rather easily broke into the box on the left but put his shot just wide of the near post.

After about 11 minutes our first real effort came following a corner when the keeper had to save a shot by Gethin Jones on the line. A minute later there was a good run into the box on the right by Ian Traylor who saw his ball across deflected wide.

We took the lead after about 17 minutes with a goal made by Keyon Reffell chasing down a defender wide on the right. He won the ball, made a strong run into the area and put the ball across to Ryan Prosser for him to sweep a shot across goal and inside the far post.  But just a minute later Cameron Clarke had to do well to push away a good long range strike from a Cambridge player.

Cambridge came even closer on about 33 minutes when a free kick from just outside the area came back off the far post.

At half time the scoreline was a fair reflection of the game as we'd had most of the play, with Cambridge doing little other than having one good shot and hitting the post from the free kick.

But Cambridge got an equaliser even earlier in the second half than they did on Saturday - after just 46 minutes they worked the ball across from the right and a player on the edge of the area swung his boot at it and it flew inside the top corner giving Cameron Clarke no chance.

About 4 minutes into the half, Corey Jenkins who appeared to have taken a knock went off to be replaced by Jon Brown. Then about 7 minutes later Gethin Jones went down injured and Chris Hugh came on. Before the effect of these changes could be absorbed we were back in front on about 57 minutes. A ball down the middle saw Ryan Prosser get to it first to lob it over the keeper from just inside the area.

When things had settled down it was seen that we'd reverted to the old lone striker formation that people complained about earlier in the season (although it seemed to work OK last season), with Chris Hugh forward on the left and Keyon Reffell dropping back into midfield alongside Jon Brown with Ashley Evans deep. Jarrad Wright having replaced Gethin Jones at the back.

With this change, including the mobility of Jon Brown in midfield, and with Chris Hugh equally mobile on the left Ian Traylor also began to turn it on. With both wide players finding more room Cambridge couldn't cope with us from then on.

After about 62 minutes Jon Brown was played in on the left of the area and put a fierce left-foot shot to the near post but the keeper made a good save.  

It was 3-1 after about 70 minutes when Chris Hugh chased a ball down the middle, and despite seeming to have lost it three times kept going and eventually took it around the keeper to put it into the net from 5 yards for his first goal for the club.

We tore Cambridge apart then, and a couple of minutes later Ian Traylor ran in from the right with no defender able to get near him and finished with a left-foot shot that was deflected just inside the near post to make it 4-1.

It seemed just a matter of time before another goal, but it was in the last minute when Ian Traylor was fouled near the corner flag. It seemed we'd decided to keep the ball in the corner - strange tactics at 4-1 up! - and with Traylor and Brown supervising things down there won a couple of corners to keep the ball in the corner still further. However - and I do wonder whether it was all a ploy or not - from the second of these Jarrad Wright, who had stayed back ran forward into the area calling for the corner to put across to him. Not quite unmarked, he was challenged for it but was able to chase the ball across and play it to Ryan Prosser on the right of the area and he hammered the ball under the keeper and into the net from a narrow angle to make it 5-1.

Well, it was certainly great entertainment in the second half. The ironical thing was that Cambridge played a lot better than they did on Saturday and yet lost more heavily - although we should have put more than 2 past them then.  Apart from scoring at a similar stage in the match they did hit the post and have a couple of good strikes, which is more than they did on Saturday, although otherwise Cameron Clarke didn't have a great deal to do - and didn't put a foot wrong.

Always good to see Ryan Prosser score a hat-trick! How many times is that? But while he's the obvious man of the match my choice would be Steve Jenkins for the tactical switch early in the second half. Whether it would still have happened without the substitutions forced through injury I don't know, but Brown and Hugh could have been brought on in fairly straight swaps for the players going off. As it was, the whole change in tactics, with the increased mobility of the side just blew Cambridge away and at 5-1, and with Cambridge in the second leg perhaps still with their minds on avoiding relegation we've surely done enough to win the cup - and prize money.

With the effectiveness of how the team played in the last half hour or so tonight it'll be interesting to see if we stick to that formation in the Easter weekend matches.


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Post  Merthyr Imp on Tue Mar 22, 2016 5:40 pm

Merthyr Imp wrote:

Always good to see Ryan Prosser score a hat-trick! How many times is that?

Ten apparently, according to the man himself on Facebook.
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Post  steveclark45 on Tue Mar 22, 2016 5:40 pm

Great report as normal. I sadly couldn't make the game tonight due to my wife being ill. Good to see young Clarke having a start again, will we see anymore games of him in action this season I wonder? We will see I guess.....

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Post  Merthyr Imp on Tue Mar 22, 2016 6:01 pm

steveclark45 wrote:Great report as normal. I sadly couldn't make the game tonight due to my wife being ill. Good to see young Clarke having a start again, will we see anymore games of him in action this season I wonder? We will see I guess.....

Well, he will at least be in the second leg game at Cambridge.
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Post  Boz1964 on Tue Mar 22, 2016 6:05 pm

Great Report....even better result...Boz
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Post  muscles76 on Wed Mar 23, 2016 5:29 am

couldn't go myself due to work .
glad that Clarke was put back in the team I really like him .
and the messiah on the score sheet lets hope steve keeps him in the team now for the remainder of the season.
what was the crowd ?
and how did the lethargic reffell play this week ?

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Post  abercwmboi martyr on Wed Mar 23, 2016 5:36 am

This criticism of Reffel is ridiculous, he's been a breath of fresh air, yes maybe he won't get get us 20 plus goals but his all round play is a different level, the guy has sheer quality

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Post  Paul Thomas on Wed Mar 23, 2016 5:50 am

abercwmboi martyr wrote:This criticism of Reffel is ridiculous,  he's been a breath of fresh air,  yes maybe he won't get get us 20 plus goals but his all round play is a different level,  the guy has sheer quality

Agree 100%, Reffel is the type of quality player we will need if we are to mount a serious challenge next season.

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