Basingstoke v MERTHYR

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Re: Basingstoke v MERTHYR

Post  Old Sod on Wed Nov 30, 2016 1:53 am

Solihull Martyr wrote:
Old Sod wrote:Lost 3-2
presume you are not there? Who's doing the report?!

Unfortunately not. Chepstow Martyr will be putting something together. no doubt briefer and more concise than mine.
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Re: Basingstoke v MERTHYR

Post  Merthyr Imp on Wed Nov 30, 2016 4:59 am

ValeMartyr98 wrote:
Merthyr Imp wrote:Any news of any substitutions made? I wasn't able to listen to Basingstoke's commentary.

All three came on same time.

Jenkins, Watkins, Jones ON. Traylor, Tancock, Richards OFF.

Thanks.
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Re: Basingstoke v MERTHYR

Post  Merthyr Imp on Wed Nov 30, 2016 5:01 am

Old Sod wrote:
Solihull Martyr wrote:
presume you are not there? Who's doing the report?!

Unfortunately not.  Chepstow Martyr will be putting something together. no doubt briefer and more concise than mine.

As long as it fills half a page.
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Re: Basingstoke v MERTHYR

Post  Old Sod on Wed Nov 30, 2016 12:09 pm

Merthyr Imp wrote:
Old Sod wrote:
Solihull Martyr wrote:
presume you are not there? Who's doing the report?!

Unfortunately not.  Chepstow Martyr will be putting something together. no doubt briefer and more concise than mine.

As long as it fills half a page.

And it will follow later this evening.
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Re: Basingstoke v MERTHYR

Post  Chepstow on Thu Dec 01, 2016 6:27 am

Sorry for delay, mostly caused by computer incompetence on my part.

BASINGSTOKE REPORT
The long unbeaten run in the league came to an end at Basingstoke in what was a thoroughly entertaining match. It was one that Merthyr should have taken something from, frankly, but Basingstoke are a much improved team since their early season struggles. Although barely halfway in the league, they now have their eyes firmly on the playoffs after this 3-2 win. While it is hard to be critical of our lads, we must turn our excellent play into points, and have more away days like the 1-0 win at Dunstable recently. The challenge is that we are no longer outsiders, we are one of the teams to beat. Opponents are upping their game.
Rhys Baggridge was absent (unavailable?) from Saturday’s starting eleven, with Ashley Evans returning after a three match suspension. In front of Glyn Garner, there was a back four of Tancock, Wright, McDonald and Barrow, with Reffell, Evans and Richards in midfield, and Traylor, Prosser and McLaggon up front.
On a bitterly cold evening, the pitch, unlike several others in the M4 corridor, was perfectly playable. Sadly, Merthyr did catch a cold in the early stages, conceding the opening goal in the second minute when Romone Rose crossed from the right for Nana Owusu to net at the far post.
Merthyr soon settled into their play and started to dominate possession, but Basingstoke’s Sam Deadfield served due warning in the 12th minute with a cross shot from the left which hit the post. The pattern for the match was set, with Merthyr playing some of their best football and Basingstoke quick and dangerous on the break. Not for the first time this season, the quality of play was recognised by home fans, as Merthyr played sweetly across the full width of the pitch and into the heart of the Basingstoke penalty area. Several corners resulted and in one spell of pressure Ryan Prosser thumped in a low shot from close range to equalise after 23 minutes. We deserved to go in at half-time on level terms at least, but Romone Rose seems to have saved his best form for us by all accounts, hitting an unstoppable shot from the edge of the penalty area just before the interval to restore Basingstoke’s lead.
The second half started unconvincingly for Merthyr, but it was still out of the blue when Basingstoke hit their third after 51 mins. A speculative shot from Matt Richards seemed to skid up and over the diving Garner. It was not Glyn’s finest moment this season, but it serves to remind us all of the defensive solidity we have become used to. It also set Merthyr going forward with determination again, with Basingstoke forced to defend deep for much of the remaining time. The arrival of three subs in the 63rd minute (Corey Jenkins, Ben Watkins and Gethin Jones replacing Scott Tancock, Ian Traylor and Eliot Richards) added to the home team’s increasing uncertainty, and a breakthrough came after 70 minutes. Kayne McLaggon kept cool in the box with a clever ‘pass’ into the net through a crowded goalmouth following a well-worked move in the right-hand corner. The pressure intensified on Basingstoke with a succession of free-kicks by Scott Barrow proving to be close but not close enough. Basingstoke keeper Alex Tokarizyk’s handling of crosses and shots was impressively calm, and those in front of him took heart from his display, defending with total commitment, as so many teams seem to against us. We had left ourselves too much to do, in truth.
From Basingstoke’s perspective this was a significant victory for a maturing squad, so we can only take consolation from admissions by home fans that they ‘rode their luck’ and that Merthyr are the best team they have faced this season. Perhaps an even more pleasing comment on their website is ‘Without doubt this was the best game seen at the Camrose (stadium) in a long while.’ We might even add that this was a fine advert for the Southern League and a great game for the neutral…you know, the kind of things you say when you are feeling suicidal after a narrow defeat…
It is important to note that applause for the lads was appreciative and sustained at the end of the game from the away following, marking the end of a long unbeaten run. Note that supporters at these away fixtures always include Merthyr exiles of one sort or another, and that, on this occasion, more than one ‘English southerner’ was watching the Martyrs for the first time, suitably impressed.

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Post  Boz1964 on Thu Dec 01, 2016 6:53 am

Well done Chepstow,

Entertaining and interesting report in equal measures.

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