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Salisbury v Merthyr Town

16 March 2024

Salisbury v Merthyr Town

Kick Off:




Salisbury v Merthyr Town

Raymond McEnhill Stadium, Partridge Way, Old Sarum, Salisbury SP4 6PU, UK

Match Report:

Facing the prospect of playing two games in less than 48 hours, both of which were away from home, there was also the daunting task of playing second in the table Salisbury to contend with, minus Gethyn Hill, Frazer Thomas, Keiran Evans and Jaimie Cogman all for a variety of reasons. The main team changes involved Liam Angel and Josh Yorwerth replacing Matthew Harris and Nick Rhodes in the centre of defence, who bothed dropped to the bench, while Tom Stokes replaced Gethyn Hill. The other two substitutes were Jow Woodiwiss and Tana Jones.

With both sides looking to protect their current play off places, there was a cautious opening approach in the early stages, but it was Tom Handley who came the closest to providing the Martyrs with the opening goal when he spun quickly only to see his effort strike the crossbar. With both defences on top this was the closest either side came to breaking the deadlock in the opening half.

Will Fuller made a crucial save from Noah Coppin, before Twamley and Rees forced Alex Rutter into action at the other end. The Martyrs were reduced to ten men when Aneurin Livermore pick up his second yellow card after 75 minutes.

Josh Yorwerth was a tower of strength at the heart of the Martyrs defence, although it was another great save from Fuller to deny Coppin from close range that kept the scores level. Evan with a man short for the final twenty four minute (included added time), the Martyrs remained organised and their game management of the final stages secured an important point and a clean sheet.

If the league placings remain the same until the end of the season both Clubs will be facing one another for a third time in the play-off semi final.

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