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Post  Solihull Martyr on Sat Dec 03, 2016 7:28 am

Team:
Davies
Baggridge Jones McDonald
Davies Watkins Richards Evans Barrow
McLaggon Traylor

Subs:
Jenkins Williams

Two subs?
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Post  MartyrMann on Sat Dec 03, 2016 7:32 am

Solihull Martyr wrote:Team:
Davies
Baggridge Jones McDonald
Davies Watkins Richards Evans Barrow
McLaggon Traylor

Subs:
Jenkins Williams

Two subs?

Twitter says Tancock and Prosser on bench
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Sitting on Defence

Post  Boz1964 on Sat Dec 03, 2016 7:46 am

Quite a defensive line-up.

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Post  MartyrMann on Sat Dec 03, 2016 7:57 am

No Reffell?
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Post  Nubs on Sat Dec 03, 2016 8:05 am

No Curtis Hutson either. Anybody know if he's still at the club?
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Stalemate

Post  Boz1964 on Sat Dec 03, 2016 8:42 am

0-0 according to Twitter in a game of few chances....40 minutes gone....Boz
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Post  Solihull Martyr on Sat Dec 03, 2016 8:48 am

0-0 HT little to report
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Post  douggolfer on Sat Dec 03, 2016 9:03 am

Is it correct we only have two on the bench?, if it is correct that's a poor situation to be in .

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Post  MartyrMann on Sat Dec 03, 2016 9:26 am

1-0 down Crying or Very sad
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Post  Solihull Martyr on Sat Dec 03, 2016 9:27 am

1-0 down 65mins
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Post  Solihull Martyr on Sat Dec 03, 2016 9:53 am

Lost 1-0. Poor against a struggling side.
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Post  GordonTheGopher on Sat Dec 03, 2016 9:53 am

Lost 1-0 Mad
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Post  jeffh on Sat Dec 03, 2016 10:50 am

leamington and slough both lost at home.

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Post  Nubs on Sat Dec 03, 2016 10:56 am

jeffh wrote:leamington and slough both lost at home.

Hitchin won and go 3rd. Chippenham's game v Chesham was abandoned because of a bad injury to a Chesham player.
Merthyr lost 1-0.
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Post  Merthyr Imp on Sat Dec 03, 2016 11:41 am

Posting on Facebook confirms only two on the bench. Ryan Prosser and Scott Tancock were said to be unavailable for the match and Jarrad Wright is suspended. Don't know about Curtis Hutson, Glyn Garner and Keyon Reffell.
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Post  Benji on Sat Dec 03, 2016 1:22 pm

Curtis Hutson is on loan at Caerau Ely.
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Post  Merthyr Imp on Sat Dec 03, 2016 1:56 pm

Match report on Cambridge's website does show Tancock and Prosser among the substitutes (unused). Please could someone - Phil? - confirm what is correct?

Apparently half the Cambridge side was made up of new players signed since their previous game.
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Post  Old Sod on Sat Dec 03, 2016 3:18 pm

Merthyr Imp wrote:Match report on Cambridge's website does show Tancock and Prosser among the substitutes (unused). Please could someone - Phil? - confirm what is correct?

Apparently half the Cambridge side was made up of new players signed since their previous game.

Just the 2 on the bench - Jenkins and Williams. Not much of a game and we weren't all that clever. Report will follow tomorrow evening but more truncated than usual as I was on kitman duties for the day. Reffell, Tancock & Prosser unavailable due to work commitments and Wright was serving a one match suspension.
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Post  douggolfer on Sat Dec 03, 2016 3:20 pm

Info from the supports at the game we only had two on the bench

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Post  hirwaunman on Sat Dec 03, 2016 11:30 pm

What with the long haul over to East Anglia and some significant omissions from our usual starting line-up, it sounds as though we weren't as up for the game as Cambridge who were obviously transformed by the arrival of a club hero as manager and by the major additions he has brought to their squad. We now need a decisive win over King's Langley if we are to keep our momentum with the play-offs in mind.

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Post  RJONES90 on Sun Dec 04, 2016 3:30 am

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Post  Old Sod on Mon Dec 05, 2016 3:52 pm

A depleted Merthyr side lost 2 games on the bounce for the first time this season against a rejuvenated Cambridge City, playing their first game under a new manager and with 5 new recruits in the side.

Merthyr were without the suspended Wright, Prosser and Tancock due to work commitments and Reffell due to a family illness, arguably all of whom would have started but were bolstered by the return of Adam Davies. Merthyr started with Ollie Davies in goal, Adam and Barrow playing as wingbacks and a back 3 of Baggridge, Jones and McDonald. Watkins and Evans were in the middle with Richards playing in the hole behind McLaggon and Traylor. The bench consisted of Williams and Jenkins.

Cambridge kicked off on a softish surface reminiscent of a farmer’s field and Adam got rid towards Evans who sent an excellent ball down the left towards Barrow and a Cambridge defender got in the way and the ball went behind for a corner. Traylor’s corner went high into the area and Ordonez in the Cambridge goal punched the ball out but only after appearing to barge McLaggon onto the ground but Mr Wilson saw nothing wrong. Largely it was a very scrappy opening to the game with neither side seemingly able to hang onto the ball and was reminiscent of last season’s fixture where Cambridge sneaked a 1-0 win. Cambridge had the first half chance of the game when a mistake deep in the Merthyr half allowed and Woolfe, who was a nuisance to the Merthyr defenders all game broke towards the Merthyr area and chipped Ollie but his effort cleared the Merthyr bar. At this stage Cambridge were having most of the game but rarely troubled Ollie and the Merthyr defence and it was the same the other end where the tall Gent and Williams were mopping up anything aimed towards the Cambridge area but a McDonald long diagonal ball across field did find Richards in a bit of space outside the area but his effort on goal went high over the Cambridge bar. Cambridge continued to have more of the play and Kaye sent a header wide of the Merthyr goal from a free kick and both Robinson and Sharman sent shots over the Merthyr bar and in between, McLaggon gave Merthyr a rare moment of hope when he did well in the Cambridge area to get a shot away but Gent got in the way and cleared it. Half time came as a blessed relief with the game scoreless.

The second half started in the same vein as the first with Cambridge having more of the game with Merthyr playing on the break. Merthyr gained a rare corner but Traylor’s kick was clutched well by Ordonez and any chance was lost and a few minutes later Merthyr did have a short period of pressure but could not get a decent ball into the box and Cambridge quickly resumed their relative pre-eminence and they broke into the Merthyr half and Sharman got the ball out to Mavila and he gave it to Woolfe who held it up brought Paterson into play and he got it back to Mavila who crossed it into the area and Ollie did well to gather on the ground at the second attempt. Shortly afterwards McLaggon did well to get the ball out to Barrow on the left but Robinson got in the way of the cross to get it out for a throw. Barrow sent the throw towards the near post and McDonald got his head to it and sent a backwards header towards the far post which was cleared off the line and the Cambridge defence got it away. Jones then sent a long ball towards the opposition area but McLaggon who is probably a foot shorter than Gent was beaten to the ball by the lanky centre half and he headed it clear towards Evans and Relizani seemed to go over the top to claim the ball leaving the Merthyr midfielder on the floor and inexplicably Mr Wilson gave a free kick to Cambridge and to add insult to injury he gave Evans a yellow card.

With just over 20 minutes left Cambridge took the lead after one of the few fluid moves of the game. A free kick from Barrow went high into the Cambridge area and McDonald seemed to be hauled down but the referee played on and the ball went through to Ordonez who cleared the ball towards the halfway line where it was picked up by Bailey. He ran into the Merthyr half and gave it to Woolfe who held it up and he gave it wide left to Bailey, who had continued his run and he sent in a tantalising low ball across the 6 yard area and Woolfe was on hand at the far post to steer home.

Almost immediately afterwards Williams and Jenkins replaced Jones and Watkins and reverted to a back 4 in an effort to get back into the game and shortly afterwards the Martyrs gained a free kick just outside the Cambridge area. Barrow and Williams were over the ball and it was the former who took the kick which went into the wall and the ball rebounded back to Barrow and his second effort went towards goal and looped up of a defender out to Williams who crossed a ball into the area which bounced and came off Jenkins’s head straight into the arms of the grateful Ordonez. At the other end Relizani did well to latch onto a loose ball in the Merthyr half and he got to the edge of the Merthyr area and although his initial shot was charged down he got another one away which Ollie did well to save. At the other end, McLaggon did well on the left and got it inside to Barrow who got a far post ball into the area which was seemed to be handled by a Cambridge defender but again Mr Wilson saw nothing amiss and the game continued. Ordonez keeled over in the area and looked as if he had twisted his ankle but after treatment from the physio he was fit enough to continue albeit gingerly. Shortly afterwards as Barrow prepared to take a throw there was an altercation on the line between McDonald and Ordonez and the Cambridge keeper pushed over McDonald and earned himself a yellow card from Mr Wilson. The throw was headed back towards his own goal by a Cambridge defender and it was partially cleared towards Adam on the edge of the area and he hooked a volley about a foot wide of Ordonez’s right hand post. Merthyr tried to salvage something out of the game in the closing minutes but the Cambridge defence held firm for a hard earned victory.

With those 4 players missing against a side fighting relegation with a new manager and an influx of new signings on a poor playing surface it was always going to be difficult and it proved to be the case. Cambridge were a young side but were full of energy and commitment and with our depleted side we failed to match it. Maybe with only a couple missing we could have done something but with a third of the team missing it was a bridge too far and after the game Gavin was philosophical about that saying that at our level things like that does happen and we have to move on.

We now have 5 home games on the trot into the New Year and the importance of gaining points from those cannot be overestimated if we are to continue our challenge near the top of the table and support is needed to urge the players on.

Onwards and upwards!



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