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Merthyr Town v Hungerford Town

1 April 2024

Merthyr Town v Hungerford Town

Kick Off:




Merthyr Town v Hungerford Town

Merthyr Town FC, Penydarren Park, Merthyr Tydfil, CF47 8RF

Match Report:

It was another classic execution with his sweet left foot. Shifting the ball quickly with purpose from his right foot, after Fraser Thomas had treaded a pass that bisected two defenders, Lewys Twamley picked his spot as he curled a delicious effort into the far top corner after twenty five munites, with Ryan Clarke helpless to keep it out. Prior to the game there were a few heavy showers but this heralded the blue skies and wiped away the remaining grey clouds, Lewys Twamley was utterly irrepressible.

In fact, he was an active participant in the second goal as Ricardo Rees put pressure on Clarke, the Hungerford Town goalkeeper, as he took a touch before attempting the clearance but it was too late. The block saw the ball squirm away from the six yard box where Twamley joined in the press. When Clarke attempted to drop on the ball he missed it completely and Rees collected the wayward orb before twisting and turning until he opened up a clear sight of a goal between a gap in the retreating defenders to provide the most severe punishment of the goalkeeper's howler.

In between both goals, after a long stoppage for treatment Aneurin Livermore was carried off on a stretcher to be replaced by Matthew Harris. 

It was Twamley's elegant run and inch perfect cross in the seventh fifth minute, that found Gethyn Hill whose powerful header easily beat Clarke, who had a day to forget. The assist from Twamley wasn't needed to steal the show, he was the show. Three goal involvements: a comprehensive victory, the train was back on track.

Now, it must be said, this was a game that had the Martyrs not claimed all three points, it would have left the door wide open for Hungerford. Still, the game starts with both sides equal, and this allows one to break through and seal victory.

The reverse fixture on New Years Day had ended all square at 1-1, with Elis Watts scoring a second half equaliser for the Crusaders. In the opening stages of this return game he was once again the main threat for the visitors. But it wouldn't be until the closing stages of the game that Hungerford went closest to scoring, when Elliot Duggan hit the post from the edge of the penalty area.

With Rees and Twamley at the core of the attacking output, the build-up play was patient and precise, something that had been missing from the recent performances. The Martyrs need to be resilient in the final month of the season, following those January/February blues, and they can now move forward with confidence restored.

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