For the fourth time this season the Martyrs conceded an early goal, but on this occasion it was in controversial circumstances as Tarik Moore-Azille was left unmarked from a corner to head home from 10-yards after just four minutes. Despite protests from the Merthyr defenders that the ball had crossed the goal line and gone out of play from the corner before arriving at the head of the goalscorer it was allowed to stand.
Playing in front of another good crowd, with Dylan Jones making his debut after moving from Salisbury and Keyon Reffell back in a Merthyr shirt, the Martyrs tried hard to break down a resolute Walton defence. Cameron Keetch had a shot blocked in the 18th minute while Eli Phipps was wide with an effort following a clever half-turn after 40 minutes.
The closest the Martyrs came to equalising was in the 52nd minute when Reffell was denied a certain goal when his shot ricocheted off the full back.
Despite the attacking intent shown with the introduction of Ian Traylor and Tom Hillman in the 66th minute there were very few chances created that either could capitalise on. Walton wrapped up the points in the 74th minute when a nudge on the edge of the penalty area conceded a needless free kick which James Comley dispatched into the far corner.