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Post  cliffyboy on Sat Mar 26, 2016 1:49 pm

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Yes we are now 14th on 53 points

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Post  Solihull Martyr on Sat Mar 26, 2016 4:01 pm

Basically, Paulton have to win all their games to make 56. Everyone else in the bottom 4 cannot catch us.

Bottom four looking adrift now - including todays hosts...

As a Maths grad, I could well be wrong
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Post  cliffyboy on Sat Mar 26, 2016 5:33 pm

Good news.
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Post  Old Sod on Sun Mar 27, 2016 2:32 am

Merthyr eased past Histon dumping our hosts further into the relegation mire. The blustery conditions and a hard, bumpy pitch made greasy on top thanks to a bit of rain meant the game wasn’t a classic but the Martyrs did more than enough to win it.

Garner took over in goal from Clarke and with Jones suffering from a badly swollen knee Wright slotted into the back 4. The midfield had Hugh, Brown and Traylor supporting Evans and Prosser, fresh from his superb hat trick against Cambridge in the Red Insure Cup Final 1st leg last Tuesday started upfront with Reffell. Work commitments meant that a few players were missing and a couple of Development Team players made the long trip, with one of them, Chappelle joining Bloom, Bowen, Jenkins and the aforementioned Clarke on the bench.

Histon kicked off playing with the swirling wind at their backs and Baggridge cleared their first foray into Merthyr territory with ease. Merthyr’s first attack involved Traylor and Brown who combined to set Davies free who came inside towards the 18 yard area and sent the ball wide left to Hugh whose initial cross was cleared by Bexfield and Hugh’s second attempt was charged down to Prosser who gave it to Evans who fed Tancock on the right but his pass to Traylor was intercepted and Histon cleared. In a scrappy opening Histon had more of the play with the elements in their favour and from their first corner of the game, indecision in the Merthyr area lead to a shot on goal which was deflected behind for a 2nd corner which came to nothing. A little later Evans sent a ball over the top for Traylor to chase and he was caught in the stomach by the boot of Gleeson on the edge of the Histon 18 yard area which resulted in a long period of on field treatment from Chubbs and eventually Traylor got to his feet and walked off to the side for the mandatory wait to be called back on. Mr Appleby, the referee, saw nothing wrong with that initial challenge and the game restarted with a drop ball.

Both defences were well on top and goalscoring opportunities at a premium with most attacks being dealt with by both sides on their 18 yard lines. Histon made an early change with Gleeson leaving the field presumably as the result of an injury to be replaced by Allan and the Histon defence was reorganised to take into account that change. Merthyr did have a spell deep in the Histon half when a good cross by Tancock was headed down by Prosser to Brown but his shot was charged down and was retrieved by Prosser who tried to find Davies but Bexfield nipped in with a challenge at the expense of a corner. Traylor took Merthyr’s first corner of the game towards the far post which was cleared by Humphrey but only as far as Baggridge who found Brown but his cross was headed clear.

Histon squandered the best chance of the game so far when a throw reached Carden on the left hand edge of the Merthyr area and he got it to the byline and the cross came into the Merthyr area, only for Allan to miss his kick and the ball came back out to Humphrey but his shot went well over Garner’s crossbar.

The rest of the half passed with no further alarms at either end with neither attack threatening.

Merthyr started the second half with the wind at their backs and the game continued in a similar, scrappy vein although with the elements with them, Merthyr were spending more time in the Histon half with Prosser and Reffell starting to combine although their early attempts to get things going came to nothing. Tancock then made a good break down the Merthyr right which led to him getting to the edge of the area and his shot was deflected back to Evans who, from about 25 yards, tried to lob Chapman in the Histon goal who did really well to get up and tip the ball over the bar for a Merthyr corner which was easily dealt with by the Histon defence.

Davies then did well to intercept the ball in the Merthyr half and he found Prosser on the left but the ball was bundled out of play for a throw by Chapman who had raced out of his goal. From the throw, Davies received the ball and got it into the area for Reffell to send in a looping header over Chapman which landed on the roof of the Histon net. Reffell also had a shot on the turn from about 12 yards which went just wide of the Histon goal after some good play involving Davies, Hugh and Prosser.

In an attempt to freshen things up, Jenkins replaced Hugh and a little later just after Tancock was booked for an innocuous challenge he was replaced by Bloom who lined up on the left of the Merthyr defence with Davies moving across to the right.

From a free kick Humphrey sent a shot high over the Merthyr bar and then in the 72nd minute Reffell got the goal the game badly needed. A free kick found Reffell in acres of space and he ran towards the Histon area and from about 20 yards he sent in a low shot to the right of Chapman and into the net and Merthyr were one up which was about right with the possession the Martyrs had in the 2nd half.

Histon tried to hit back and Garner made a good save on the edge of his area at the feet of a Histon attacker and then sent a long punt downfield which was allowed to bounce a couple of times and it went just over the Histon bar with Chapman beaten. Shortly afterwards, Bowen replaced the tiring Prosser and a few minutes later following a free kick taken by Taylor, Jenkins got to the byline and sent the ball across goal which Bowen went for but couldn’t get a shot away but he found Baggridge who sent in a low shot across goal which went wide of Chapman’s right hand post and a good chance went a begging.

Then with about 2 minutes of normal time left, Merthyr’s second came from an unusual source. Davies won the ball in the Histon half and tried to find Traylor but the ball bobbled over Traylor’s foot and he went out wide to retrieve it. He set it back to Jenkins who got into the area and crossed to Evans whose shot was charged down and it rebounded to Bloom who got into the 6 yard area and finished with aplomb sending in a low right footed shot into the corner of the Histon net for his first goal for the club making the score 2-0 to the Martyrs.

Merthyr saw the game out easily and deservedly won 2-0 leaving us solidly in a mid table position.

It wasn’t the best of games with the conditions making it difficult for both teams but Merthyr looked more assured on the ball and scored 2 good goals. Defensively we were sound with Garner only having to make 1 or 2 saves and were combative in midfield with Evans having a rare old tussle with McGeorge in the Histon midfield, with Ashley winning on points. Upfront Reffell and Prosser found it difficult against a dour defence and Reffell’s opener brightened to day up and Bloom’s first goal for the club was great for him. It was a great effort by Prosser yesterday just to get to the game. He did an early shift, jumped in his car and drove the 3 hours or so to Histon and put in another shift for us and shows the commitment of the players to our club. Evans just pipped Davies as my MOTM.

It was a good day off the field for me as well. My brother, Gwynne and his wife Jackie, travelled up from Essex and Jack won the Golden Goal and went home with a bottle of champers. The also bought some Soccalots so I wouldn’t be surprised if they won that too! I won the Board Room raffle, winning a box of Thornton chocolates so that’s Sue’s Easter present sorted!

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Re: Histon v MERTHYR

Post  Bigbri on Sun Mar 27, 2016 4:21 am

Two goals in the final 20 minutes saw Histon suffer a 2-0 defeat at home to Merthyr Town in the Evo-Stik League Southern, Premier Division.

Aaron Chapman made his bow in goal for Histon following regular stopper Denzel Gerrar joining the growing list of departures in recent weeks.

However, Chapman was a virtual spectator for much of the first half due to neither side being able to carve out many chances in the wet and windy conditions.

Possession was fairly even, but the best opportunities to break the deadlock in the opening 45 minutes went to the home team.

Sam Ives fired over a long range effort inside the first 10 minutes and then saw a corner caught on the line by Merthyr stopper Glyn Garner.

Histon were dealt a blow when player-assistant manager Dan Gleeson was forced off injury after 35 minutes.

Yet replacement Matty Allan went close to scoring when his shot following neat interplay between Sam Ling and Joe Carden was blocked.

Histon made a bright start to the second half, but were unable to capitalise on it.

And they were punished when a misplaced clearance from Chapman fell to Keyon Reffell, who ran into space and fired low past the goalkeeper to put Merthyr in front after 72 minutes.

Substitute James Bloom wrapped up the win three minutes from time, rifling home after fellow replacement Corey Jenkins' shot was blocked.

The defeat leaves Histon still six points from safety with five games to go.


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