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Post  Solihull Martyr on Sat Oct 01, 2016 7:44 am

Team:
Clarke
Baggridge Tancock McDonald
Watkins Evans Wright Scotcher Traylor
McLaggon Reffell

Subs: Williams Hutson Jenkins (just 3)

Down to the bare bones...
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Post  MartyrMann on Sat Oct 01, 2016 8:20 am

Baggridge scores for Merthyr but it's ruled out for offside
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Post  MartyrMann on Sat Oct 01, 2016 8:49 am

Ht: 0-0
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Post  Solihull Martyr on Sat Oct 01, 2016 8:56 am

0-0 HT. Kayne goal ruled out for offside. We had the slope first half.
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Post  Solihull Martyr on Sat Oct 01, 2016 9:16 am

1-0 down around the hour - against the run of play
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Post  Merthyr Imp on Sat Oct 01, 2016 9:38 am

Substitutions made are Corey Jenkins for Jarrad Wright earlier in the half and now Gavin Williams for Ashley Evans.
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They think it's all over

Post  Boz1964 on Sat Oct 01, 2016 9:53 am

2-0 Hawks....Torres scores....Boz
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Post  Solihull Martyr on Sat Oct 01, 2016 9:53 am

2-0 late goal on the break.
#gameover
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Post  Solihull Martyr on Sat Oct 01, 2016 10:00 am

F/t lost 2-0
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Post  Merthyr Imp on Sat Oct 01, 2016 11:12 am

Well, I'd always rather lose a cup game than a league game. And at least there's no replay to cause fixture congestion.
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Post  hirwaunman on Sat Oct 01, 2016 11:51 am

Considering all the away fixtures and the patched-up team we had to put out, it seems we put up a very good performance. Well done to the team and better luck in the cup next year.

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Post  cliffyboy on Sat Oct 01, 2016 5:27 pm

Cracking trip today, 3 of us Bristol based fans got the coach at Magor, fantastic support for such a long journey.
Nothing between the teams really, they took their chances, we didn't.

A good run in the FA Trophy will do now!

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Post  Old Sod on Sun Oct 02, 2016 4:23 pm

In a game neither team deserved to lose Merthyr bowed out of this year’s Emirates FA Cup going down to a 2-0 defeat at Whitehawk.

Still missing the likes of Jones, Davies, Barrow and Brown through injury and Prosser who was unavailable Merthyr were very unlucky not to come away with a draw and a replay at the Park on Tuesday.

With Clarke needing a bit of game time he took over in goal from the rested Garner and our outfield had Watkins and Traylor as wingbacks with Baggridge, Tancock and McDonald forming the back 3. Evans, Wright and Scotcher formed our midfield with Reffell and McLaggon upfront. On the bench, Jenkins replaced the toiling Prosser alongside Hutson and Williams.

Merthyr started the game playing down the considerable slope which dropped 12 feet from the top left hand corner down to the bottom right but against the breeze wafting up from the Brighton seafront and did not look out of place against the higher league opposition who just missed out on promotion to the Conference National last season.

The home side started well but Merthyr responded with Traylor finding Watkins on the right and as he tried to get past a Hawks player, he seemed to be fouled but Mr Wood, not for the only time that afternoon waved play on for an offence against a Merthyr player. In these early exchanges, the game was being played largely in midfield but Merthyr looked the more threatening and after a cross from Traylor from the left towards Wright was partially cleared by the Hawks defence to Evans and his 25 yard shot went just wide of Munoz’s left hand post. Whitehawk seemed strong in the centre of their defence with Reid and M’Boungou (it had to be!) prominent who were largely keeping the Merthyr front 2 at bay. Reffell was fouled by the aforementioned M’Boungou which earned the defender a yellow card and a free kick to the Martyrs about 10 yards inside the Hawk’s half. Scotcher sent left towards Traylor who got past West and crossed into the area and it was headed on by McDonald to McLaggon who buried it with a good right foot shot from about 6 yards but the lino flagged for offside so the “goal” was chalked off. I was in line and unfortunately the lino was correct!

Merthyr gained a corner which Scotcher sent into the area but Torres got it away for a throw to Merthyr which M’Boungou cleared. Merthyr were having most of the ball and Wright was stopped in mid-flight towards goal and the Hawks cleared. Connolly did make a run into the Merthyr half but Tancock dealt with it well and cleared. Hawks then made a good break when West made a good break up the right and sent the ball across goal but Clarke did well to get down to parry the ball and Evans completed the clearance. Neither side were threatening the opposing keeper and it was clear that there was little between the both sides with both defences on top. McLaggon did pick up the ball on the left and did well to get inside West and he seemed to be bowled over in the box but Mr Wood saw nothing wrong and played on. Watkins was deemed to have committed a foul on the Merthyr right and the free kick was well dealt with by Tancock at the expense of a corner which beat everyone and away for a goal kick. Merthyr broke forward and Traylor managed to get a cross into the box which eluded the Hawks defence and Mclaggon sent in a shot from 18 yards which went wide of Munoz’s right hand post. Traylor was causing the home defence problems and again got past West on the Merthyr right and aimed a cross towards McLaggon but Reid got in and cleared. Watkins was also getting involved on the Merthyr right and one insightful pass towards Reffell was luckily intercepted by Reid who cleared and if he had missed, Reffell was through. At the other end, a ball into the Merthyr area was sent towards goal by Harding but Baggridge did well to clear. McDonald then cleared the danger when West got into the Merthyr area and as the clearance was made Mr Wood brought the half to an end.

The half started with Whitehawk, playing down the slope in the ascendancy and West linked well with Strevens on the right before Wright stepped in the clear from the fullback. McDonald then cleared a cross from West which McDonald di well to get away for a corner which slid off the head of Connolly towards Torres who got the ball into the area towards Mills but again, McDonald was there to clear the danger. Traylor then did well to make progress up the Merthyr right and got it through to Reffell but the lino raised his flag for off side against the Merthyr striker and again I was in line and this time the official got it wrong when Reffell could have been through. Wright then tried to get through the middle and seemed to be elbowed off the ball and said so to the referee but Mr Wood gave the free kick to Whitehawk much to the chagrin of Wright. McLaggon then did well on the right and got past West but Abdulla held him up and McLaggon, surrounded by 3 defenders did well to keep the ball and get it out to Traylor but his cross beat everyone and went away for a goal kick.

Merthyr finally earned a free kick when Evans was pushed in the back just inside the Whitehawk half. Scotcher took it high into the area where it was partially cleared by Strevens but only as far as Reffell on the edge of the area and he fizzed a right footed shot about a foot wide of Munoz’s goal and a good chance was lost. A minute later, Whitehawk took the lead as they broke away down the right and Strevens played the ball out to Abdulla near the byline and although Traylor and Evans were in close attendance they allowed a cross to come in and Connolly who was on the 6 yard line to glance a header into Clarke’s top right hand corner, giving the keeper no chance and the home side were 1 up. Speaking to a Hawks director after the game he felt that the ball was over the line before it was crossed but if that is correct it was missed by the lino who was not up with play.

Merthyr tried to hit back and McLaggon earned a corner on the Merthyr right when M’Boungou deflected behind his cross. Scotcher’s corner was well punched away by Munoz but only as far as Traylor who pushed it back out to Scotcher but his cross was a bit wayward and went away from goal towards Wright who was challenged by a Hawks defender and Mr Wood awarded a free kick to Whitehawk for a supposed handball. Shortly afterwards, Wright was replaced by Jenkins to pose a more attacking threat. Torres was a danger for the Hawks and brought their forwards into play and Connolly again got into a goalscoring position when he got around Tancock but Clarke did well to get down at the feet of the striker to get in a good block and the ball went away for a corner which was headed clear by McLaggon and Merthyr broke through Reffell and Jenkins and the former got to the byline and crossed the ball into the 6 yard area and there was a scramble between Reid, Munoz and Evans but Munoz managed to claim it before Evans could take advantage. By now Merthyr had changed their formation with Traylor moving forward on the right with Merthyr reverting to a flat back 4 with McDonald playing left back.

Whitehawk did get the ball into the back of the Merthyr net again but Connolly was penalised for a foul on McDonald and Merthyr were still in the game and gained a free kick when McLaggon headed onto Jenkins who was fouled by Southam on the left hand edge of the area. Scotcher took the kick high into the area and Jenkins missed it and Munoz punched it away to Traylor who got the ball back in for Strevens to clear. Watkins and Baggridge then did well to break up a Whitehawk attack and a long ball found Jenkins on the right but his cross beat everyone and away for a goal kick. Merthyr then tried to make a substitution with Williams due to come on for Scotcher but they delayed and a few minutes later Williams did come on to replace the struggling Evans just as Jenkins gained a corner on the Merthyr left. Scotcher took it after Mr Wood had to sort out a bit of argy bargy on the goal line and he sent it near post where it was cleared by Reid to Williams on the 18 yard line but his right footed shot cleared the Hawk’s bar. Merthyr were pressing forward for the equaliser and Traylor did well after receiving a great diagonal ball from McDonald to send in a shot which Munoz did well to get to and the ball bounced up but Munoz managed to reclaim it before McLaggon could take advantage. Traylor again sent in a good ball from the right which Torres intercepted and cleared with 3 Merthyr players in the box. Traylor was then found by Williams and he crossed it and McLaggon and M’Boungou went for it, with the Hawks defender seemingly pushing McLaggon but the referee gave nothing and Whitehawk cleared for a throw. Williams received the ball from Watkins’s throw and chipped it down the line to Reffell who crossed the ball to the edge of the area towards Jenkins who slipped as he went to shoot and the chance was lost.

Shortly afterwards Traylor was replaced by Hutson and after Clarke saved from a M’Boungou header following a free kick on the left Merthyr came forward with Williams to the fore who found Watkins on the right but his cross beat everyone and went for a goal kick. Merthyr were throwing caution to the winds and were pressing forward for the equaliser and with virtually everyone forward Williams took a free kick near the halfway line. The ball went into the area but it was headed clear by Aldavert towards the halfway line where it was picked up by Merthyr’s loan defender, Watkins, who sent it back towards the Hawks box and McDonald went for it and seemed to be pushed over by Reid but the ref gave nothing and Whitehawk cleared down their right and Southam got to the right hand edge of the area and shot towards the far post but Clarke did well to get down low to his right to push the ball away.

Merthyr still tried to get forward but the resolute Whitehawk defence were largely keeping them at bay but they did make an error when they messed around at the back and Jenkins nipped in to claim the ball and got it to Williams who sent in a shot from 35 yards which bounced awkwardly in front of Munoz who fumbled it but he managed to hold on at the second attempt. Whitehawk broke through a threadbare Merthyr defence and Torres got the ball through to Mills and Clarke did well to get down at his feet but Mills followed through and caught Clarke on the knee earning Mills a yellow card. Clarke’s kick went into the Whitehawk half and was cleared towards the touchline and Jenkins went for it and the injury jinx struck again as he seemed to twist his right knee and was left writhing in agony off the pitch in front of us. Now down to 10 men, Merthyr now had virtually everyone forward in an effort to equalise and were leaving gaps at the back and when Hutson was robbed on the right, Watkins put in a good tackle but the ball ran loose to [b]Torres[b] who got into the left hand edge of the Merthyr area, beat Tancock and slid ball neatly past Clarke giving him no chance and the Hawks were 2-0 up with a minute to go and virtually from the kick off, Mr Wood blew the final whistle.

It was a game that we didn’t deserve to lose but a defensive lapse (or a lino’s error) cost us goal #1 and when we were pushing forward at the death it was either going to be 1-1 or 2-0 and unfortunately for Merthyr it was the latter. There was little between the sides but maybe the Hawks used their own pitch to their advantage and maybe we lacked the sparkle we had at Banbury in midweek. Had we had a full squad to choose from I’m certain we would have beaten Whitehawk (or Hawkwind as I kept on saying into my Dickyphone) but they did what they had to do and good luck to them in the next round.

Merthyr’s MOTM for me was again McDonald and with a bit of luck and better refereeing we may have come away with a draw. The weeks on the road have taken their toll and although we have a home game on Tuesday, that lads are back on the road next week to Chesham so there’s very little respite for them.




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Post  Solihull Martyr on Mon Oct 03, 2016 2:37 pm

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