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Post  Solihull Martyr on Sat Sep 17, 2016 7:23 am

Team:
Garner
Baggridge Jones McDonald
Traylor Brown Reffell Scotcher Davies
McLaggon Jenkins

Subs: Tancock Wright Evans Williams Hutson.
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Post  Merthyr Imp on Sat Sep 17, 2016 8:47 am

1-0 up - Corey Jenkins
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Post  Solihull Martyr on Sat Sep 17, 2016 8:52 am

1 up Corey Jenkins 40mins
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Post  Solihull Martyr on Sat Sep 17, 2016 8:52 am

H/t 1 up!
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Post  Merthyr Imp on Sat Sep 17, 2016 9:36 am

Kettering are currently winning their cup game 2-0, so whatever we do today it's looking unlikely we'll be playing them at home in the league on 1st October.
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Post  Solihull Martyr on Sat Sep 17, 2016 9:45 am

2 up! Corey Jenkins with his brace 84mins.
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Post  Merthyr Imp on Sat Sep 17, 2016 9:45 am

2-0 - Jenkins again
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Post  Merthyr Imp on Sat Sep 17, 2016 9:49 am

Looks as if a ghost issue of the match programme can this time disappear into the ether.
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Post  Solihull Martyr on Sat Sep 17, 2016 9:57 am

F/t won 0-2. £4k in the bank!
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Post  Nubs on Sat Sep 17, 2016 10:25 am

Very Happy Very Happy
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Post  cliffyboy on Sat Sep 17, 2016 2:33 pm

Solihull Martyr wrote:F/t won 0-2. £4k in the bank!

I believe it's £4,500, £7,500 to win the next round on October 1st

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Post  Old Sod on Sun Sep 18, 2016 4:16 am

A professional performance by the Martyrs saw off AFC Portchester in a game of few chances and little goalmouth action.

With Barrow and Prosser injured, Merthyr lined up with Garner in goal, a back 3 of Jones, Baggridge and McDonald with Traylor and Davies on the flanks, with a brief of getting forward as much as possible to support Brown and Scotcher in midfield. Reffell and Jenkins joined McLaggon upfront. Evans was only fit enough for the bench joining Tancock, Hutson, Wright and player-manager Williams.

The pitch looked good from a distance but it was bobbly and didn’t help the flow of the game and both attacks struggled against 2 strong defences and play was largely contained within the middle third with little threat in either penalty area. Davies and Traylor were the most prominent in trying to create something but their efforts came to nothing with the final ball often lacking. The first real chance of the game came on the 10 minute mark after McLaggon was fouled about 10 yards inside the Portchester half on the left. Scotcher sent in a long free kick into the area which was headed down towards goal by Jones but Scott, in the Portchester goal, made a good save going down to his left and Portchester got the ball clear.

Both sides were guilty of hitting long hopeful balls on the relatively testing surface which made passing difficult and after one such ball from Scotcher, Jenkins picked the ball up on the left hand edge of the Portchester box, came inside and sent in a shot which was charged down and after the best passing move of the game involving Brown, Traylor and McLaggon, Reffell sent in a shot from about 18 yards which went high over the Portchester bar. After 20 minutes, Portchester got their first shot on target which was a long range effort which bobbled along the ground which Garner safely garnered in. Captain for the day, the in form McLaggon was being well held by the Portchester centre halves, Warren and Cain and frustration was the order of the day for the Merthyr hit man as the Martyrs struggled to make an impression going forward. Jones received a knock on the head but after receiving treatment from Chubbs he was allowed to return to the field of play. Portchester gained the first corner of the game after 27 minutes which was headed towards goal by Cain but Garner got to it with little difficulty and 5 minutes later he was again called into action easily catching another long range effort.

Then in the 40th minute, Merthyr got the breakthrough their possession probably deserved. McDonald sent an excellent diagonal ball into the Portchester half which was well controlled by Reffell on the left and he slipped inside to Jenkins who came steaming in and he got to the edge of the area and sent in an unstoppable right footed shot across the keeper and high into the top left hand corner of Scott’s goal making the score 1-0 to the Martyrs. That was probably the only bit of class shown by either side in the half and Merthyr coasted to the half time whistle in the ascendancy.

Portchester came out at the start of the 2nd half with Davies doing well in a tussle with Everett on the left getting the ball clear via McDonald and the early pressure abated. Traylor then received a good ball from Brown and got into the area and sent in a shot which went across Scott’s goal and away for a gaol kick. Hardy then got forward on the left and sent in a good shot which Garner dealt with easily getting it away behind for a corner which was well defended but it was only partially cleared and Garner again did well to make a safe catch from a speculative cross into the Merthyr box.
The half mirrored the first with both defences well on top. After about 15 minutes of the 2nd half, Tancock replaced Jones in the heart of the Merthyr defence with Jones possibly still struggling after that earlier knock. Reffell and McLaggon were still being well marshalled by Warren and Cain and Jenkins remained the main threat although Brown did manage to get a shot away from about 25 yards which went high over the Portchester bar. Jenkins did well to rob a Portchester player just inside the Merthyr half and he sent it forward to Reffell who slipped a slide rule pass through to McLaggon but Cain did really well to rob McLaggon as he was breaking through and a few minutes later, Traylor latched onto a clearance but sent a long range effort over the Portchester bar.

Portchester were offering little but with the score only at 1-0 they were still in with a shout and a second goal was needed to make the game safe. Brown was replaced by Wright to add a bit of steel to the midfield and received a booking for a challenge on a Portchester player and the resulting free kick was scrambled behind for a corner by Garner which was hit towards the far post where it was headed behind for a goal kick by Cain. Cain was then booked for a foul on Jenkins as he received a ball forward from McLaggon and Scotcher’s kick from about 25 yards, in a central position went over the wall and just over the Portchester bar.

Davies then did well to pressurise Evans on the Merthyr right and got the ball into Reffell who got away a shot towards goal from about 18 yards which came back off Scott’s post and Jenkins followed up with a shot which was well saved by Scott but Jenkins was in an offside position when the initial shot was hit. Traylor made a good run into the right hand edge of the Portchester area but from a narrow angle could only put his shot into the side netting. Then with about 10 minutes left on the clock, Merthyr made the game safe with a second goal from Jenkins. A long kick out from Garner was allowed to bounce by the previously exemplary Warren and Cain and Jenkins nipped in between them and slid a right footed shot wide of Scott’s left hand from about 18 yards which nestled safely in the corner of the Portchester net and Merthyr were deservedly up 2-0. Shortly afterwards, Jenkins was replaced by Williams making his first appearance of the season.

With a couple of minutes left on the clock, Williams did well to pick up the ball from a throw, got it inside to Reffell who sent it through towards McLaggon who was just about to pull the trigger when he was brought down in the area and Mr Durkin had no hesitation in awarding a penalty to the Martyrs. McLaggon got up, dusted himself down and took the kick and with Scott diving away to his left, McLaggon sent his right footed shot wide of Scott’s right hand post and the score remained at 2-0. Shortly afterwards McLaggon tried to make amends and got into the area but his shot went right across goal and away to safety. A minute or so later, Mr Durkin, who had refereed the game well blew the final whistle and Merthyr were in the hat for the next round.

A deserved victory in a poor game but we came away £4500 richer. We did more than enough to win the game and could have had a few more but it was easy to see how Portchester had got past Mangotsfield and Bideford in earlier rounds as they were well organised and played to their limitations. Corey Jenkins was the difference between to 2 sides taking his goals well and was my MOTM and it was great to see Williams make an appearance although after 5 minutes on the pitch he had to have a relieving drink of water!

All we can do now is hope for a home draw in the next round where there is £7500 up for grabs.




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