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Post  Solihull Martyr on Mon Apr 17, 2017 2:45 pm

Team:
Davies
Davies Tancock Wright Barrow
Reffell Evans Richards 
McLaggon Bull Jenkins

Subs:
Harris Patten Bowen Copp Prosser.
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Post  MartyrMann on Mon Apr 17, 2017 3:02 pm

Slough already 1-0 down at Chesham and Hitchin 1-0 up against Biggleswade
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Post  MartyrMann on Mon Apr 17, 2017 3:11 pm

Slough 1-1 at Chesham
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Post  MartyrMann on Mon Apr 17, 2017 3:23 pm

Leamington 1-0 up against Banbury
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Post  MartyrMann on Mon Apr 17, 2017 3:46 pm

Hitchin 1-1
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Post  MartyrMann on Mon Apr 17, 2017 3:49 pm

0-0 at Redditch
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Post  Solihull Martyr on Mon Apr 17, 2017 3:51 pm

H/t 0-0. We have totally dominated the game.
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Post  Solihull Martyr on Mon Apr 17, 2017 4:26 pm

1 up! Ash Evans with a slightly deflected shot 65mins. Just after Redditch came more into it.
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Post  MartyrMann on Mon Apr 17, 2017 4:28 pm

Very Happy Very Happy
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Post  rustic on Mon Apr 17, 2017 4:44 pm

I don't care if it took 10 deflections it is in the net.

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Post  Solihull Martyr on Mon Apr 17, 2017 4:54 pm

F/t won 1-0. Phew!
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Post  Nubs on Mon Apr 17, 2017 4:58 pm

Hitchin & Slough both drew. Leamington beat Banbury. We're up to third & guaranteed a play off place. A win against H&Y on Sat and we'll be home in the semi final. Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy


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Post  douggolfer on Mon Apr 17, 2017 5:07 pm

Brilliant result lad well done to all .done the town proud.
big crowd next sat you lads deserve it

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Post  Merthyr Imp on Mon Apr 17, 2017 5:24 pm

So we could now finish anywhere from 3rd to 5th.

Beat Hayes & Yeading on Saturday and we're sure of 3rd. But Hayes themselves need to win or they're definitely relegated.

Hitchin, currently 4th, are away at Basingstoke

Slough, 5th, are at home to Redditch.
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Post  Solihull Martyr on Mon Apr 17, 2017 7:12 pm

Well, what to say...

Before our green footed kit-man regales us with the War and Peace version, and even ahead of Boz - who's joshing cannot be as bad as in person today - you get me!

A first-half dominated by the visitors somehow remained scoreless - against a home team who the term 'park the bus' does scant justice. I seem to recall at least a half-a-dozen shots on target - the highlight of which being a narrowly-wide free-kick knocking the club Secs vile lager flying. Still, on the bright side, left more room for pies! Playing peerlessly, Merthyr showed no sign of any nerves, despite the pressure of knowing that a victory would all but ensure the play-offs. However, against a Redditch side playing with 10 men behind the ball, we somehow failed to find the net. As ever with these sorts of things, Redditch finished the half more strongly, with a couple of consecutive corners. Justice done.

The second half carried on in more or less the same pattern, albeit the Reds - who simply could not have played that badly again - came increasingly into the game. Then, finally, the goal our play deserved. A slightly deflected shot from Ashley Evans - my MotM - evaded the keeper, and Merfa finally had the lead. Cue the trigger for Redditch to finally start playing. Not sure if we took our foot off the gas..., or the substitutions proved disruptive..., or Redditch finally decided to play football, however they increasingly pressed us back. Shortly before the end drawing two free-kicks on the edge of the box - the first poorly blasted into the wall; the second drawing a magnificent save from Davies to tip over the bar. With a bit of nous, the Town ran the clock down, holding on for a victory their first-half performance merited.

A crowd just under 300, with about 40% travelling. Well done y'all.

Playoffs beckon - lets make it a home tie!
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Post  Merthyr Imp on Mon Apr 17, 2017 7:51 pm

Merthyr Imp wrote:
Hayes themselves need to win or they're definitely relegated.

Looking at it again, Hayes & Yeading are in fact already relegated, due to Kings Langley and Cirencester, both in the bottom five, playing each other.
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Quantum of Solihull

Post  Boz1964 on Mon Apr 17, 2017 8:57 pm

Sol....were you there today then....as I don't know who you are (in the flesh)?

I am ignorant...but not THAT ignorant.

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Post  Merthyr Imp on Tue Apr 18, 2017 9:32 am

Match highlights are here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s168JWFl3FE
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Post  geronimo74 on Tue Apr 18, 2017 1:48 pm

wonderful result "PROUD TO BE A MARTYR"

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Post  Old Sod on Tue Apr 18, 2017 10:26 pm

The Martyrs wound up their league away day travels with a more comfortable victory than the 1-0 scoreline suggests as they dominated play for much of the game and at times it was difficult to see who the home team was.

Merthyr were without the services of McDonald and Traylor through injury with the latter suffering from a nasty gash on his leg sustained in the 2-0 win over St Ives on Saturday so manager Williams played the same back 4 of Adam Davies, Wright, Tancock and Barrow in front of Ollie Davies.  Richards and Evans were in front of that 4 with Reffell, Jenkins and McLaggon playing in the hole behind Bull and joining him upfront as opportunity presented itself.  Harris, Copp, Patten, Bowen and Prosser made up the bench.

Merthyr kicked off and an early attack was repelled by Redditch with a lump upfield which went out of play near the halfway line for a throw.  Merthyr then gained a free kick about 25 yards from goal and Barrow’s shot was well saved by Catlow in the Redditch goal going down low to his left.  Merthyr were well in the ascendancy with the home side struggling to get out of their half and even when they did, the Merthyr defence kept them at bay but Davies was forced to concede a corner with a good tackle near the byline and a combination of Tancock, Davies and finally the ball went out for a goal kick.  

Jenkins was making significant inroads into the Redditch half and from one of his runs he found Richards who had a pop at goal but it was stopped on its way by Jung using his hand and Merthyr had another free kick about 25 yards out and Barrow had another shot but this time it went just wide of Catlow’s goal.  A few minutes later Barrow sent a good ball down the left aimed towards the Redditch area and Catlow did well to beat Bull to the ball and cleared long downfield.  Merthyr were having to spread the ball across the pitch to tempt the home side out and the early play was very much a game of attack and defence with the away side largely on the offensive.  Jenkins had a header on goal from a Reffell cross which was saved, Evans had an excellent shot from about 25 yards which was deflected over his own bar by a defender and the resulting Barrow corner was cleared by Keen.  Bull had a shot on the turn from about 18 yards well saved by Catlow going down to his right after good work by Jenkins.  Redditch made a rare attack on the Merthyr goal which led to a corner which was sent far post and Barrow saw it out of play off Keen for a goal kick.  

Just before the half hour a ball into the Merthyr half was intercepted by Tancock but Jung challenged for it and seemed to go over the top leaving the Merthyr defender writhing in agony on the ground and the referee, Mr Khan saw fit to only issue a yellow card to the Redditch midfielder.  After receiving treatment from Chubbs, Tancock got to his feet to carry on but still looked in discomfort.  A few minutes later, the lively Bull made a good run into the Redditch area and was brought down by Courtney but the referee saw nothing amiss and waved play on.  After an Evans great crossfield ball found Davies on the right and his cross eluded Bull and Jenkins picked it up and found Richards on the edge of the area who sent a shot which again Catlow got down to save.  Catlow was again called into action when he caught a McLaggon shot after he had received a good ball from Richards.  Ollie Davies had hardly touched the ball during the first half and the only slight discomfort he was caused was when a rare Redditch attack led to a corner which Keen took and it bounced off the top of the bar and away for a goal kick.  Shortly afterwards Mr Khan brought the half to an end with the score 0-0 much against the run of play.

During the break, Tancock’s injury was assessed and he was not fit to continue so Patten joined Wright in the middle of the back 4.  Merthyr continued where they left off attacking at every opportunity but with the ball in the Merthyr half, Wright misplaced a pass which fell to Liburd but his shot from 25 yards was easily dealt with by Davies and that represented Redditch’s first attempt on target.  Merthyr returned to attacking mode and Brown’s clearance breaking up a one two between Bull and Reffell in the area only went as far as Barrow and his left footed shot from about 18 yards seemed to strike the top of the upright and away for a goal kick.  Jenkins then made a good run from inside the Merthyr half down the left and got a good ball in towards Bull but Coates nipped in and cleared.  Bull then forced a corner when a good ball from Davies into the area was sent behind by a defender under pressure from the Merthyr forward and Barrow’s kick went high into the area where it was headed down by Wright towards McLaggon but his shot was charged down and cleared.  Just on the hour, after more Merthyr pressure failed to produce an end product, Williams freshened things up be sending on Prosser for McLaggon and he joined Bull upfront.  Almost immediately Prosser got involved in the action after a good ball by Reffell found Davies on the right and his cross was met by the head of the Merthyr target man but his glancing header went just to the right of Catlow’s right hand post.  

Within 5 minutes of Prosser’s introduction Merthyr got the goal their dominance deserved.  Reffell picked the ball up and ran into the Redditch half and sent the ball across field where it was picked up by Prosser near the corner flag and he set it back to Barrow whose cross was partially cleared by Brown but he only succeeded in finding Evans and his shot from about 25 yards travelled like a bullet and unerringly found the back of the Redditch net beating the despairing dive of Catlow who up until then seemed unbeatable.

A few minutes later a Richards ball was well held by Prosser and he flicked it towards Bull who ran into the area but his shot went just wide of Catlow’s right hand post.  Prosser also sent a volley wide of the Redditch goal after good work by Reffell and Jenkins on the left.  Redditch gained a rare corner after Davies had made a good tackle and there was a delay whilst Catlow received treatment at the other end of the pitch and when it was taken, Davies had to come out and punched the ball high into the air and Jenkins headed it clear but only as far as Jung but his shot was charged down and Jenkins cleared the ball away for a Redditch throw.    

Towards the end of the game Redditch tried to gain parity and Davies was called into action on a couple of occasions none more so than when Redditch were awarded a soft free kick about 25 yards from goal.  Substitute Bailey-Nicholls took it and sent an excellent shot towards the top left hand corner of Davies’s goal but the Merthyr keeper made a great leap and tipped the ball over the bar and the only moment of real danger was nullified.  Merthyr saw out the rest of the game easily and gained a deserved win which leaves the Martyrs safely ensconced in a play off position with one game left, which if won, will keep us in 3rd place which will result in a home semi final tie on Wednesday 26 April.

It was a well deserved win on Redditch’s new 3G pitch but a 1-0 lead is always a tenuous one and if it wasn’t for Ollie Davies’s great save we could easily have dropped 2 points.  Redditch were not as unadventurous as St Ives were on Saturday but they still needed tempting out and Merthyr did try and stretch them but on occasions they were slow in the build up with players taking too many touches.  In saying that Catlow had to do well on several occasions to keep us out and a 3-0 win would not have been out of place.  Once again Ashley Evans was our star man not just for his winner, which was excellent but for his all round general play and urging his team forward.  Ollie Davies’s excellent save puts him a close second particularly as he had little to do for much of the game and could easily have switched off but he kept his concentration throughout and was on hand when we needed him.

Onwards and Upwards to the play offs and hopefully at least 1 home tie and who knows what our near future holds!
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