Kings Langley 1 Merthyr Town 1
24 Oct 2021, Sunday

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Once again deprived of a full strength team to select from Dean Clarke’s side suffered another blow before kick off when Keyon Refell was injured in the pre-match warm up and was replaced by Kerry Morgan. Missing four players from last weeks games added to the long term injuries the threadbare side put up a battling performance that also saw them reduced to ten men for the majority of the second period.

With both side aware that neither could afford to lose Kings Langley were handed an ideal opportunity after just five minutes when the long legs of Daniel Barnard tangled with Harry Crawford in the penalty area, but once again Jamie Cogman came to the Martyrs rescue with a full length diving save to deny Crawford’s well struck penalty kick.

The Martyrs won a series of corners as they exerted considerable pressure on the home side as Phipps and Keetch both went close. However, Marriott was given no chance in the 28th minute from Toby Raison’s powerful header from another Kerry Morgan corner delivered to the far post.

A rapid counter attack on the stroke of half time left Leo Farruch with acres of space on the left flank, as the Merthyr defenders were caught out of position and his inch perfect cross found Roddy Collins steaming in at the far post with no defender in his path to deliver an emphatic header from close range with Cogman totally exposed.

This dramatically changed the nature of the half time team talk in both dressing rooms which was further compounded by the disappointment for Daniel Barnard as his effort from another Kerry Morgan corner bounced down off the crossbar to almost cross the line and remarkably a similar effort a few moments later had exactly the same outcome for the Martyrs.

The visitors woes continued when Adam Davies was shown a red card by Mr. Donaldson following an off the ball incident with Leo Ferruch. It wasn’t surprising that down to ten men and with their resources stretched that the Martyrs were forced to concede territory and defend in numbers for the remainder of the game. The defence well marshalled by Matthew Harris provided excellent protection for Jamie Cogman who dealt with anything that his defenders couldn’t handle.

Although under considerable pressure in the closing stages and with very little ball possession, the Martyrs were able to keep Kings Langley at arms length who were unable to breach the Martyrs rearguard action as they returned from Hertfordshire with a well earned point.


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