St Ives v MERTHYR

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St Ives v MERTHYR

Post  Solihull Martyr on Tue Sep 20, 2016 12:45 pm

Garner, Wright, Barrow, Mcdonald, Tancock, Baggridge, Brown, Scotcher, McLaggon, Reffell, Traylor.

Subs: Williams, Clarke, Davies, Jenkins, Hutson.
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Post  cliffyboy on Tue Sep 20, 2016 1:21 pm

Still 0-0 30 mins

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Post  cliffyboy on Tue Sep 20, 2016 1:37 pm

H.T 0-0

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Post  cliffyboy on Tue Sep 20, 2016 2:18 pm

Still 0-0 midway through the second half

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Post  cliffyboy on Tue Sep 20, 2016 2:40 pm

F.T 0-0 we move up to 6th

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Post  Solihull Martyr on Wed Sep 21, 2016 2:04 am

F/t 0-0. Good point from a long weekday trip!
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Post  rustic on Wed Sep 21, 2016 7:11 am

Well done everyone after two long trips and working as well.

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Post  Old Sod on Wed Sep 21, 2016 8:48 am

The match against St Ives was certainly a game of two halves. The first was dour and largely disjointed whereas the second was largely dour and disjointed. The game wasn’t helped by the pitch which looked well grassed but that was deceptive as there were bumps and divots which made ball control difficult and there were a few alarming bounces during the game on the relatively hard surface. Oh for 3G!

With Evans and Prosser injured (groin and heel respectively), Davies and Jenkins carrying knocks and the return from injury for Barrow, we started with Garner in goal, a back 3 of McDonald, Tancock and Baggridge. Traylor and Barrow played wide supporting Scotcher and Wright in midfield, Brown in the hole behind Reffell and captain for the night, McLaggon. Williams, Clarke, Davies, Jenkins and Hutson made up the bench.

The game started well enough for the Martyrs and they had most of the early play but the final ball or that final vital touch in front of goal was missing and the pitch didn’t help. Merthyr gained the first corner of the evening after about 3 minutes when Reffell did well on the right to get to the byline but his cross was deflected behind for the first corner of the game by Jarrold. Scotcher’s corner was sent to the near post and Brown got his foot to it on the 6 yard line but could only divert the ball up and over the St Ives bar. It was a good effort and things boded well. A few minutes later, Brown had another effort from about after Reffell headed a long ball from McDonald towards him and from about 22 yards Brown sent a volley wide of Trebes’s goal. After Baggridge thwarted a St Ives attack down their left, Garner’s clearance found McLaggon just inside the St Ives half but he was fouled by De’ath and Merthyr gained a free kick. Scotcher sent it towards the St Ives area where it was headed out by McDevitt but only as far as Barrow on the left and he sent in a far post cross towards McLaggon but he couldn’t get up high enough and sent his header just over the St Ives bar from about 5 yards.

St Ives’s attacks were largely being well dealt with by the Merthyr back 3 but Garner had to make one good save when he pushed a deflected shot high and wide over the bar for St Ives’s first corner which was sent far post for Wright to head partially clear and Tancock was forced to concede another corner when St Ives made progress down their left. The corner was again sent to the far post and was headed back across goal and Tancock made a good clearance but only as far as McGowan and his deflected shot was easily dealt with by Garner. St Ives’s defence were now getting the measure of the Merthyr attackers and the game became attritional with De’ath and McDevitt in the centre of the defence holding firm well supported by full backs O’Malley and Jarrold. After a handball by the aforesaid Jarrold outside the left hand edge of the area Barrow sent his free kick a couple of feet over the St Ives bar. McLaggon had a shot on goal from about 22 yards which went a couple of feet wide of Trebes’s goal as Merthyr were now struggling to get into the area. St Ives then got a corner which was only partially cleared by Wright and a header came in which went wide of Garner’s goal.

Barrow conceded a throw on the left roughly in line with the 18 yard area and as he was signalling for the throw the lino – Mr Dunkley – fell over and required treatment before he was deemed fit enough to resume. Another 20 yard shot from McLaggon went safely into the arms of Trebes. Barrow was the main attacking threat on the left but his crosses were largely being well defended but one such cross went through to Traylor on the right hand edge of the area but he hammered his shot jut wide of Trebes’s left hand post when he should really have done better. St Ives came back and an attacker sent in a shot from about 25 yards which bounced in front of Garner and took off like an off break but luckily the Merthyr keeper was able to adjust and stuck out his left arm and managed to divert the ball behind for a corner as opposed to 4 byes! The corner came to nothing. Coming up to the break, St Ives had a couple of longish range shots which were well charged down by the Merthyr defenders and Scotcher also managed to get a shot away at the other from about 30 yards which went all along the ground and wide of the St Ives goal. Scotcher also sent in a free kick after he was fouled about 20 yards out which went up and over the wall but it also went up and over the bar. Just before the break, Brown did well to find Reffell in the area and his shot was pushed out by Trebes to McLaggon who turned and shot but it was charged down and cleared when Barrow was well placed further left but didn’t call. Mercifully Mr Walker, the referee brought the half to an end with neither side troubling the scorer.

The second half started with a substitute lino in situ and St Ives started the half with renewed vigour and Merthyr had to defend well to keep them at arms length. Merthyr did gain a corner on the left after O’Malley deflected a Brown cross behind but Scotcher’s corner came to nothing. St Ives restarted their offensive but the game was being played largely in the middle third, however, Barrow did make one good break down the left which was ended when O’Malley got the ball behind for a corner. Scotcher’s corner was met by Tancock at the far post and he headed back across the area and a Baggridge shot on the turn from about 6 yards was well charged down by De’ath and away for another corner which was taken short. The ball came back to Scotcher via McLaggon who sent it high into the area which was headed clear by McDevitt but only out right to Reffell who got in a great far post cross which was met by Tancock all on his own at the far post but the ball skidded off his head and just wide of the St Ives goal and a good chance went begging. Barrow made another good, pacey run down the left which again was stopped by O’Malley at the expense of another corner which was taken by Scotcher high into the area which was punched clear by Trebes.

The game returned to its normal course with both sides trying to get a sight of goal but the 2 strong defences were keeping attackers at bay. Merthyr freshened things up a bit by replacing Traylor with Jenkins with Brown moving back to right wingback and Jenkins joining McLaggon upfront with Reffell dropping back into the hole. After a break on the right, McGowan got a shot away which went wide of Garner’s goal and a little later a Barrow cross was well held on the edge of his 6 yard area by Trebes. Barrow made another good run down the left and he came inside and shot from about 20 yards which went wide of the St Ives left hand post. Shortly afterwards, McLaggon was replaced by Williams, making his first league appearance of the season which meant another rejigging of the formation with Reffell moving forward and Williams slotting into midfield. He made an almost immediate impact when he sent the ball left to Barrow who made progress up the left hand touchline and got it across to Jenkins who from about 6 yards sent his chip just over the bar. Reffell got a good ball forward to Jenkins and his cross came out of a defender to Wright, whose shot from about 20 yards was deflected wide for a corner. Barrow’s corner came to nothing. The formation was changed again with Williams moving upfront and Reffell dropping back.

Merthyr were having more of the game as it meandered towards its end but St Ives did have one break when a Jarrold clearance went long into the Merthyr half where it was picked up by Dawkin who made a strong run towards the left hand edge of the Merthyr area but the ball ran loose and appeared to be safe when Dawkin was brought down just outside the box by Barrow leading to a free kick in a dangerous position. The resulting kick was sent over Garner’s bar. The ball was safely in midfield when Mr Walker brought a rather disappointing game to an end with honours even.

A point from a long midweek trip has lifted us a couple of places above the table and we could have got more had we taken the chances we had. The pitch had a difficult surface which meant good football was at a premium although what football was played was played by us. St Ives did come into the game in the second half and were more than happy with the point they gained. It’s been a difficult month for the team with the number of away games already played with more to come and in that respect, taking into account the injuries received, we have done well and will hopefully push on.



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