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Dan Hathaway with the Globe

Post  Boz1964 on Wed Oct 25, 2017 2:41 pm

Dan Hathaway with a Globe

It is always a pleasure to see former Martyrs return to their spiritual home at Penydarren Park but less of a pleasure when they score against us.

Well such an event occurred last night, as Merthyr Town entertained their Stratford counterparts in a edge of the toilet seat encounter.

The pantomime villain was our former right back Dan Summerfield , currently on 'student loan' to the Blues, until he finishes his economics degree, and returns to the Principality with his 'Panama papers' in order -ready for a different kind of role as an 'Apprentice'.

Measure for Measure, the Swansea-born youngster had an outstanding game culminating in a pivotal role in the second best goal of the night.

It was made for him by a wonderful by-line cross by Stratford left back Lee Thomas, after he had finally managed to get behind Adam Davies for once.

His powerful downward header beat a despairing Oliver Davies, as the prodigal Dan hung up in the air, like he was the reincarnated spirit of boxer Johnny Owen drinking Red Bull.

It was sheer poetry in motion, as he was Sonnet in a flash, as our defenders stared up at the sky at night and the constellations through the glare of the dazzling floodlights.

With Merthyr on a run of three consecutive defeats, it was yet another bitter blow to the side's eggshell confidence and I was concerned about how both the players and the odd fickle Home Fan would react to the latest concession.

Earlier in the match, the outstanding Ian Traylor continued with his 'soliloquy' goal scoring achievements by slotting the opening goal passed keeper Louis Connor with some aplomb.

Where would we be without his eye for goal ?

Sadly, the rest of our attack force continues to be less potent than a bromide-drinking
eunuch horn.

Stratford Town knew who the danger man was and made sure that he came in for some Leeds United of the 1970s style tackles that would have had Billy Bremner wincing- especially from their 6, who was so late in tackling the wizard of dribble, that his foot was often in a different postcode.

Fortunately, 'Vapour Traylor' lived up to his name, as the Aberdare 'Willo-the Wisp' was too quick for the Stratford defence, as they 'mist' him time and again.

As the half-time whistle blew in what was a pretty lack lustre first half, the fans were uncertain as to which Merthyr Town team would emerge from the tunnel in the second- the real team that beat Slough 4-0 or the alien imposters that lost the second half in Hawaii-style (5-0)

With twenty second half minutes on the clock, it looked like the aliens were back, as Stratford decided that Merthyr were there for the taking and if only they had a fox in the box instead of a bear with a stick then they would have finished the game with three away points rather than just one solitary Summerfield bullet header to show for their efforts.

Despite their Jazz, Lucky for Merthyr their strike force was 'much ado about nothing', as they wasted more chances than a bad Monopoly player-the best one of all coming from their big number 9 who blazed over from inches out to much merriment from the catcalling locals in the cheap seats.

With the Warwickshire 'strat'egy in place Merthyr, were penned in as they endured more pressure than a Harvey Weinstein casting couch.

They survived one good old fashioned goalmouth scramble thanks to a combination of determination from the puffing Curtis McDonald, the woodwork and a whole lotta luck which could so easily have ended in a MacBreath tragedy.

In truth, Merthyr should have been 3-1 up first half - after Traylor clipped the outside of the post, and Jaye Bowen blazed one over with the keeper stranded, but then inside the first quarter of the second half, Merthyr could not have complained if they were 5-3 down with nervous Stratford Manager Carl Adams whirling like a Midland dervish after every successive chance went wide, hit the side netting or got hoofed off the line.

In this time, Summerfield, was more instrumental in pulling the strings than the bassist in 60's band 'The Shadows'- but his toothless tigers in front of goal went all vegan on him.

With all this 'criminal' finishing it was a wonder our own Valley Copp, midfielder Kyle didn't try and arrest the 'strikers' Orgreave-style.

And then the inevitable happened.

After all the Stratford profligacy, Merthyr 'staged' a comeback in the shape of the 'two noble kinsmen' and having having survived the 'Ariel' assault , with a cavalry charge from wide boys, Traylor & Super-sub Morgan, the former set up the latter for an easy finish which was reminiscent of the first goal.

That slide rule pass across the box always pays dividends for our Lord of the Pings and is a good hobbit to get into.

The strike from Morgan led to a release of his recent frustration, which he took out on the far side corner flag.

The short-sighted referee Wilding then preceded to book the horizontal flag for simulation.

With Stratford's stubborn resistance broken- the Merthyr players then set about rubbing salt in the wound, as in the last minute of the match, Eliot Richards produced the shot of the game, when he bent the ball Liam Brady-style around the unsighted keeper and into the corner of the net to send the Park View Only Boys Aloud choir into overtures.

At last SuperGav and Clarkie could enjoy a 'Hamlet' in celebration, with away manager, Carl Adams cursing his team's bad luck and poor finishing, as he looked
'sick as a parrot' becoming the new 'Bard of Avon'.

It was a little cruel on the Brum Brigade and at 3-1 flattered Merthyr a little.

But after our recent spell of bad luck caused by stargazing and on pitch squabbling- it was about time Gav's Hammers put their Hubbel, Bubble, toil and trouble behind them and got on with the business of climbing the table towards the play-off slot.

Promotion again will only be achieved if we can get a 20+ goal striker back to form and a creative winger to feed him.

We need a playmaker of Shakespearian quality and not limit him to bench-pressing his own

To be Kerry or not Kerry?.....that is the question noblest in our minds.

Only the Management knows.

Boz


















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Re: Dan Hathaway with the Globe

Post  OWNES1 on Fri Oct 27, 2017 2:56 am

Excellent title and very topical and apt.

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Juliet Bravo

Post  Boz1964 on Fri Oct 27, 2017 11:09 am

Receiving you loud and clear.

Just 'as you like it' .....Ownes...

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Re: Dan Hathaway with the Globe

Post  OWNES1 on Fri Oct 27, 2017 12:06 pm

You forgot to explain the big word of the report.

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Post  Boz1964 on Fri Oct 27, 2017 12:45 pm

Big word?

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