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Dorchester Town 1 Merthyr Town 2
10 Mar 2018, Saturday

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Merthyr Town FC travelled to the South West to face Dorchester Town in the Evo-Stik League South Premier Division clash.

Corey Jenkins recovered for from his ankle injury which forced him off against St Ives Town, and Owain Jones made his full debut. Ryan Prosser returned to the bench after his illness which forced him to miss St Ives Town match.

The Martyrs started brightly and took a deserved lead on 17 minutes. Dorchester tried to play out from the back on a wet and heavy pitch and a short pass was cut out by Ian Traylor who curled a eft foot shot past Chris Weale to make it 1-0. It was no more than the visitors deserved after making a bright start and could have extended the lead when Owain Jones was played through on goal but Dorchester defenders recovered to force the ball back to goalkeeper Weale.

On 24 minutes Ashley Evans headed a Corey Jenkins cross just over the bar under pressure from Kyle Egan. Merthyr had a great chance to go into half time 2-0 in front following a great move between Traylor and Wright, which saw an Owain Jones shot saved low down by Weale, who also saved Traylor’s follow up. The Martyrs more than deserved their half time lead when referee Barlow blew his whistle.

The Martyrs started the second half in the perfect way when on 47 minutes Harry Franklin played the ball through to Ian Traylor who coolly finished to make it 2-0 slotting the ball past Weale. The home team then put the Martyrs under some pressure hitting the woodwork twice, before Ian Traylor had a chance to make it 3-0 and claim his hattrick, but good defending saved Dorchester.  On 65 minutes Dorchester reduced the arrears when Luke Winsper hit a great strike from 25 yards to pull a goal back.

The home team had some pressure, but Merthyr had opportunities to extend the lead but Morgan shot over when clean through, and Traylor’s cross was cut out by keeper Weale when Prosser was set to score.

The referee blew his whistle after playing 5 minutes of additional time and the Martyrs celebrated their deserved win. The home goalkeeper Chris Weale was voted man of the match which speaks volumes for the Martyrs performance. The club are now 17th in the league on 44 points with 10 games left to play


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