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Cirencester v MERTHYR

Post  Solihull Martyr on Sat Jan 07, 2017 5:57 am

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Post  Solihull Martyr on Sat Jan 07, 2017 7:19 am

Team:
Davies
Davies Tancock Wright Barrow
Evans Reffell Richards
McLaggon Prosser Jenkins.
Subs:
Jones Garner Watkins Copp Traylor

Good to see Newbies involved!
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Post  SwanseaJack(SgorioFruit) on Sat Jan 07, 2017 8:18 am

good afternoon all,

hoping for 3 points today for the martyrs
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New Year Old Beard

Post  Boz1964 on Sat Jan 07, 2017 8:43 am

Twitter says that the Hairy Goal machine has opened his 2017 account....Boz Very Happy
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Post  Merthyr Imp on Sat Jan 07, 2017 8:43 am

1-0 up thanks to Ryan Prosser according to Twitter
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Post  rustic on Sat Jan 07, 2017 8:49 am

2. 0 h/t

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Post  Merthyr Imp on Sat Jan 07, 2017 8:49 am

McLaggon makes it 2-0 at half time
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Post  Solihull Martyr on Sat Jan 07, 2017 8:54 am

H/t Merthyr 2 up - Prosser opening the scoring, McLaggon with the second just before half time.
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Double the Joy

Post  Boz1964 on Sat Jan 07, 2017 8:58 am

Music to the ears of a man saddled with domestic chores.

To paraphrase Judith Chalmers 'Wish I was there'.

Boz Very Happy
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Final Score

Post  Boz1964 on Sat Jan 07, 2017 9:49 am

Great three away points.

2-0 Town Full Time.

Let's hope Stratford and The Summerfield Swan can do us a favour.

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Post  Solihull Martyr on Sat Jan 07, 2017 9:51 am

F/t won 2 nil
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Post  SwanseaJack(SgorioFruit) on Sat Jan 07, 2017 9:54 am

Leamington 1-1 Chippenham
Hitchin 1-0 Stratford
St Ives 2-0 Slough

martyrs up to 3rd I think
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Post  Merthyr Imp on Sat Jan 07, 2017 10:09 am

SwanseaJack wrote:

martyrs up to 3rd I think

That's correct.
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Post  MartyrMann on Sun Jan 08, 2017 8:07 am

Oliver Davies outstanding, catching and kicking both immense
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Post  Old Sod on Sun Jan 08, 2017 3:13 pm

Merthyr gained another 3 points on the road in a scrappy game which wasn’t one for the purists but it lifted the Martyrs up to 3rd in the Southern League Premier Division.

Ollie Davies continued his run between the sticks behind a back 4 of Adam Davies, Barrow, Wright and Tancock. Evans and Richards played in the middle of the park with Reffell playing behind McLaggon, Prosser and Jenkins. The bench was made up of ex Cirencester players, Garner and Jones along with Traylor, Watkins and new signing Copp. McDonald was serving the last game of his 2 match ban.

Merthyr kicked off playing up the slope and almost immediately McLaggon was the victim of a poor tackle as he broke forward into the Ciren half. Adam took the kick which went high into the opposition area where it was headed clear by Brown but only as far as Evans who found Reffell on the left but his high cross into the area was again headed clear towards Prosser but it bounced off him to another Ciren defender who got it clear and that passage of play set the tone for the first half.

Ciren got a throw on their right which was hurled long into the Merthyr area only for Evans to clear but his clearance went to Diaz-Bentiez (known as Diaz from now on) and he was fouled which led to a Ciren free kick on the right. Demkiv sent it high into the Merthyr area and beat virtually everyone but Mortimer-Jones (Mortimer from now on) did manage to meet it at the far post but his shot was weak and ended up safely in the arms of Ollie. The game was littered with free kicks and Merthyr gained one just inside the Ciren half on the right and Barrow’s kick found the head of Prosser but his header bounced down and up into the arms of Gill in the Ciren goal. Merthyr were in the ascendancy but the Ciren defence was its usual obdurate self and were winning most balls in and around their area and lumping the ball downfield. Jenkins did well to make progress down the Merthyr left but as he turned inside near the byline he was fouled by Lee and Barrow’s kick again found Prosser in the box but his header went across goal and it was hoicked clear by Demkiv into the Merthyr half and a Ciren forward broke towards the Merthyr goal and was brought down giving away another needless free kick. Griffin sent the kick towards goal but it bounced up safely into the arms of Ollie. A few minutes later another free kick was given away by the Merthyr defence and Demkiv’s kick was well clutched out of the air by Ollie.
The half wore on with few chances being created but both McLaggon and Prosser looked as if they could do something and they linked together well and a Ciren defender gave away a corner. Barrow took it and Liddiard beat Tancock to the ball in the air and Ciren got it away. Tancock then gave away another free kick on the left hand edge of the Merthyr area – although he did seem to get a touch on the ball – and Demkiv’s kick went low into the Merthyr box and Evans partially cleared and the ball came back in but again Evans got hold of the ball and brought it clear only for him to be cynically hacked down by Diaz which earned him a yellow card when it could quite easily have been a card of a different colour. Ciren did have a couple of efforts one of which came from another free kick given away outside the Merthyr area on the left earning Tancock a yellow card and Demkiv’s kick found Griffin in the box but his shot was sent high over the bar and a few minutes later Ollie did well going down to his left to keep out a Ciren shot.

The game was effectively settled by a 2 goal salvo late in the first half. Richards made a great run towards the Ciren area and was tackled but a double ricochet fell to Prosser who dispatched a neat right footed shot beyond Gill from about 18 yards and Merthyr were a goal to the good with about 40 minutes gone. Ollie was called upon to make a good save after another free kick had been awarded against the Merthyr defence and he did really well to get down to his left to make a safe catch after a loose ball was latched upon by a Ciren forward. Ciren again could have equalised when a ball went into the Merthyr area from the right and Ollie did really well to parry a shot which fell to a Ciren forward who put it away, fortunately for the visitors he shot from an offside position. Merthyr retaliated and on the stroke of half time Jenkins did really well on the left to beat his man and got in an excellent low cross across the 6 yard area where it was met by McLaggon who steered the ball into the back of the net to give the Martyrs a 2-0 half time lead.

A 2-0 half time lead has not been the best of scorelines for the Martyrs in some games recently and although Ciren huffed and puffed in the second half Merthyr managed the game well. Merthyr started the half in the ascendancy and from an Adam throw, McLaggon did well to cut inside and the ball into the Ciren area and Reffell played the ball back in towards Prosser but he was beaten to it by a Ciren defender. Prosser claimed a handball but the referee waved play on. Ciren broke clear but their passing was not good and Merthyr broke clear down the right and McLaggon cut inside but his shot from about 20 yards rather rolled through into the arms of Gill.
Ciren were trying to get back in the game but the Merthyr defence was holding firm and Merthyr were still threatening on the break playing down the slope. McLaggon was causing problems for the home defence and he and Adam linked up well on the right and the former cut inside and was fouled just outside the D by Lee. Richard’s free kick came back to him off the wall and his second effort was also repelled and the ball came out to Evans who from about 30 yards ballooned the ball over the bar. A few minutes later Ciren sent a long ball into the Merthyr half and Ollie did really well to come out to thwart Mehew but it fell to Connolly and his lob towards an empty goal bounced just wide of the left hand post. Merthyr were still passing the ball about well and had a good periods of possession without really threatening to increase their lead. With about 20 minutes left Merthyr made a triple substitution with Prosser, Richards and Jenkins going off to be replaced by Traylor, Watkins and the newly acquired Copp and continued their attacking intent. Ciren did manage to get another long ball towards the Merthyr area which was headed on by Griffin but straight into the arms of Ollie. A few minutes later Ciren missed their best chance of the game when a cross from the left by Youngsam which found Griffin but his shot from 6 yards went high over the Merthyr bar. Then a Ciren attacker broke into the Merthyr half but Tancock did well to rob him and get the ball up to Copp who made a beeline towards the Ciren area but his shot went tamely through along the ground into the arms of Gill.

A few minutes later, Barrow committed a foul near the left hand edge of the Merthyr area and got a yellow card presumably for kicking the ball away after the decision against him. The kick high into the Merthyr area was well caught by Ollie. Ollie was again called into action to make another good catch as Ciren tried to get one back. Copp was making some good touches in the middle and he found Traylor who was robbed by the Ciren defence and they broke clear. Diaz was robbed in the Merthyr half by Evans and he got the ball to Traylor on the right who slipped it back to Davies who sent it down the line towards Reffell who flicked it inside to Traylor who got into the area and Gill made an excellent save at Traylor’s feet and then seemed to take exception to Traylor’s challenge and a small melee ensued and the referee sensibly waved paly on allowing the Ciren custodian to clear. A few minutes later Merthyr broke up a Ciren attack and Traylor received the ball on the halfway line. He gave it to McLaggon who sent a good ball forward to Traylor who had continued his run and he sent in an impudent chip which went up over Gill but unfortunately from a Merthyr point of view also went just wide of his left hand post. Ciren sent yet another long ball from deep in their half which was picked up by Bennett but his shot from 35 yards was easily saved by Ollie and a few minutes later the referee brought the game to an end with the Martyrs deservedly winning 2-0.

A routine win in the end against a Cirencester side who tried but came up well short. The 2 goals just before the break were deserved and in balance with the run of play. We defended well when required and Ollie Davies looked calm and assured when called into action. Evans was his usual combative self in midfield and Richards made some very useful contributions not least his run for Prosser’s goal. Similarly Jenkins on the left made some good runs and his cross for McLaggon’s goal was first class. Reffell, Prosser and McLaggon worked hard upfront and the 3 substitutes carried on the good work and from what I saw of Copp he looks a good signing. I made Ollie Davies my MOTM not because he was under a great deal of pressure but because of his confident, solid performance when he was called into action.

There was an excellent turnout from the Merthyr faithful easily outnumbering the home support and the dedication of one of that number who is in pain suffering from plantar fasciitis shows that he really is a Martyr to the Cause!
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