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Post  Solihull Martyr on Sat Aug 13, 2016 7:44 am

Garner Davies McDonald Evans jones Baggridge Brown Barrow McLaggon Reffell Traylor
Subs: Wright Scotcher Bowen Jenkins Prosser
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Post  Solihull Martyr on Sat Aug 13, 2016 8:57 am

1 up mclaggon then 1-1 now down 1-2.
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Post  Solihull Martyr on Sat Aug 13, 2016 9:13 am

H/t 1-2
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Post  Solihull Martyr on Sat Aug 13, 2016 9:31 am

2-2 Prosser!
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Post  Solihull Martyr on Sat Aug 13, 2016 9:34 am

3-2 down
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Post  Solihull Martyr on Sat Aug 13, 2016 9:52 am

3-3 Wright at the death!!
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Post  Solihull Martyr on Sat Aug 13, 2016 9:52 am

3-3 Wright at the death!!
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Post  Solihull Martyr on Sat Aug 13, 2016 9:54 am

4-3 Barrow get in!!
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Post  Solihull Martyr on Sat Aug 13, 2016 10:01 am

4-3 FT get in!!
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Post  Merthyr Imp on Sat Aug 13, 2016 10:31 am

What the technically-minded would call a cracking game.
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Post  Twyn Jasper on Sat Aug 13, 2016 11:00 am

What just happened? We went from Barcelona to Bar boys in the blink of an eye, great win in the end.

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Post  Twyn Jasper on Sat Aug 13, 2016 11:09 am

3rd in the league, we had the biggest crowd of the day in our league 513, Hereford had 2558.

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Post  Nubs on Sat Aug 13, 2016 11:11 am

Today's game is the reason why we watch Non-League football!
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Post  rustic on Sat Aug 13, 2016 11:57 am

Well played everyone what a turn around in a game we looked like losing and wouldn't have deserved to,but what a cracking last quarter of an hour.We need to start taken some of the many chances we are creating early in the game to take some of the pressure off us as the game progresses and my heart of course.Upwards and onwards we are looking good.

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Post  Merthyr Imp on Sat Aug 13, 2016 11:59 am

Today’s team:

Garner;
Davies,Baggridge,Jones,McDonald;
Traylor,Evans,Brown,Barrow;
Reffell;
McLaggon;

Subs:
Prosser for McLaggon after about 54 minutes
Jenkins for Brown at the same time
Wright for Jones at the same time
Scotcher
Bowen

The only change to the starting lineup from last Tuesday night was Curtis McDonald making his debut at left back in place of the injured Scott Tancock. Jarrad Wright came into the squad on the subs bench.

After about 2 minutes Rhys Baggridge was adjudged to have fouled a player out on the left, and when the free kick came in it was headed away by Ashley Evans leading to a break down the right by Ian Traylor. He played Keyon Reffell in on the right of the area and he lobbed the keeper but saw the ball go wide of the far post.

We very nearly scored a freak goal after about 8 minutes when Ashley Evans, turning up down the right wing lobbed the ball all the way across and it came back off the far post.

We were pressing Dunstable back, but when they had the ball their no. 9 Alex Cathline was looking a real handful up front for them.

After about 11 minutes, Kayne McLaggon, inside the area, put the ball out to Ian Traylor and he hammered a shot against the bar as the Dunstable goal continued to lead a charmed life. But a couple of minutes a deserved lead finally came when Keyon Reffell was put through on the right. He squared the ball across the area for Kayne McLaggon to turn it into the net.

Dunstable threatened after about 15 minutes and Glyn Garner had to push away a shot from Dunstable’s Jack Hutchinson as he was allowed to run a long way in from the left, despite over-running the ball at one point.

The game was becoming more even and we allowed Dunstable back into it after about 28 minutes when Curtis McDonald lost possession inside the area on the left and couldn’t prevent the no. 7 from getting to the line to pull the ball back for Shane Bush to score easily.

Dunstable threatened again after about 35 minutes when Cathline ran clear but Gethin Jones got back and between him and Garner forced an off-target shot.  But a minute later Dunstable took the lead with as good a goal as you’d see anywhere. Midfielder Danny Talbot, son of former Arsenal and Ipswich player Brian Talbot, showed his pedigree when he picked up the ball a good 30 yards out and fired an unstoppable shot into the top corner to give Garner no chance.

So, Dunstable rode their luck early on before we allowed them back into the game and turned things around with a goal which we couldn’t do much about.
As on Tuesday night, it was disappointing that we’d hardly been able to bring Scott Barrow into the game.

Less than 10 minutes into the second half we rather unusually made a triple substitution. I can only think Gethin Jones was maybe carrying an injury, but the others must have been tactical. Ryan Prosser replaced Kayne McLaggon up front, Jarrad Wright replaced Gethin Jones and Corey Jenkins came on for Jon Brown. This resulted in McDonald going into central defence, with Scott Barrow at left back, Corey Jenkins wide on the left and Jarrad Wright in midfield.

The game then rather settled down with us having most of the play without really creating anything clear cut, and Dunstable showing little urgency in adding to their lead.

But the substitutions paid off after about 69 minutes when the ball reached Corey Jenkins down the left. He laid it back for Scott Barrow to hit a first-time cross for Ryan Prosser to rise and head inside the far post for a classic goal.

The game was in the balance then as we looked for a winner, but it swung back Dunstable’s way just 4 minutes after our equaliser when Cathline for Dunstable with a mixture of luck and persistence got through a couple of challenges on the right of our area to hammer a cross-shot into the net.

It looked as if we were heading for defeat then, but in about the 89th minute the ball reached Ian Traylor out on the left. He put it across for Keyon Reffell on the edge of the area to lay it forward for Jarrad Wright running into the area on the right to fire it past the keeper.

But there was more to come as the game swung back our way again in added time. Ian Traylor was fouled about 2 inches outside the corner of the area on the right. Scott Barrow took the kick, and with the Dunstable defensive wall evidently too far across fired the ball past the end of it inside the near post with the keeper unable to keep it out of the net. That clearly knocked the stuffing out of Dunstable and despite a free kick midway in our half in the remaining minute or two they never looked like getting back into it.

So a game which will probably both please and displease Gavin Williams. We should never have allowed Dunstable back into the game in the first half, although we couldn’t have done much about their second goal, and it was disappointing to allow them to go ahead again after we’d equalised. But it was great character at the end to take all three points, and was a quality strike by Scott Barrow with the free kick.  

It was maybe a risky move using three substitutes so early on but you have to say it paid off, with two of them scoring, and Corey Jenkins playing his part – at one point seeming to be scythed down on the left but with only a corner being given.

I made Scott Barrow man of the match because of his creating one goal and scoring another, but Ashley Evans had his usual good game, Keyon Reffell, after being a handful for Dunstable in the first half was less prominent after the break, and I thought Rhys Baggridge was the pick of the defenders, with Curtis McDonald looking happier when moved into the middle than at left back.

Another good attendance to see Martha the Martyr make ‘her’ debut, and whatever the ins-and-outs of today’s match it’s still two home wins in a row (with 4 goals scored each time) to build on the point at King’s Lynn and move us up to 3rd place. Early days yet though!
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Just uploaded some images from yesterday's game onto club website via FLICKR.

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