Merthyr Town 0 Beaconsfield Town 1
22 Oct 2018, Monday


An all-action clash which saw visiting goalkeeper Ravan Constable thwart The Martyrs time and again nevertheless meant it has only been one home win this term from six matches.
Gavin Williams and Matthew Harris were  late substitutes to try and rescue a point after the Bucks side had taken the lead but it wasn't to  be as Merthyr sacrificed defenders Adam Davies and Connor Young for all-out raids.
There were plenty of scoring chances for Merthyr who must have wished they had kept some goals back from the 6-2 triumph at Staines ast week.
The winner came on 77 minutes when Brendan Matthew seized a chance to get past Joe Perry in goal.
Beaconsfield were a big side but Merthyr should have had some reward considering their build-ups. Kerry Morgan worked tirelessly until replaced by Ryan Prosser, receiving a standing ovation from  the grandstand crowd.
Tom Meechan had forced an early corner in the opening half for Merthyr before a neat move by the away side  ended when the ball went out of play.
Morgan bravely rode two tackles to set up Meechan but Constable saved.
Beaconsfield struck back with Anthony Mendy  firing over the bar.Ian Traylor replied with an effort  which went wide.
Constable conceded a corner from Morgan  and at the other end, Perry advanced to cut off Mendy.
The second half began with Beaconsfield attacking  but being held back.Perry  cleared from Mendy.On 54 minutes Meechan's  header found the net but the spectacular effort was ruled offside.
Jarrad Wright blocked an attempt from Charlie Losasso. But Merthyr made plenty of openings to be denied by the keeper.
Prosser came on to try and break the deadlock but then Beaconsfield snatched the lead witth 13 minutes left, just after Traylor had forced a  save from Constable. Then the Merthyr manager joined the play. He sent in long-range balls to find the attack and the chance of a goal was always on but it never came to fans'  disappointment. There was a chance when a Williams ball  found Prosser but Constable again intervened.In the dying moments, a Kieran Lewis effort was deflected over.
For the neutral onlooker, it was an exciting 90 minutes   but we have to  go back to August  18 for a home win  whereas there has been just  one loss on the road.
Merthyr dropped to eighth in the table.
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