28 Aug 2018, Tuesday
There is no future in fortune-telling! With Merthyr Town fans buoyant after four unbeaten games and facing a Frome Town still looking for the first win of the campaign, the scent of a home victory was in the air.
But things rarely work out that way and fate conspired to see The Martyrs beaten in what was largely not a great footballing spectacle before an improved Bank Holiday Monday gate.
The major blow was when goalkeeper Joe Perry had to go off, injured, after just 17 minutes, leaving central defender Jarrad Wright to take the gloves.
Football League clubs may have a 'keeper on the bench but that is a luxury for non-League sides.
The signs weren't too good before 3pm with news that Perry was not fully fit, Ashley Evans was out with a hamstring injury, and Ian Traylor had been unwell over the weekend.
The expected three points would have put Gavin Williams' side top of the table but ifs are just that.
The Somerset visitors lined up by stringing five players at the back, making it difficult for the home side to break through and resulting in a scrappy first half with little goalmouth action.
Early on, Wright's possession was cleared by Connor Roberts.Tom Meechan received treatment after the ball rebounded onto his face as Frome were pushed back.
Speedy Corey Jenkins was almost let in from a defensive error by The Robins.Then Perry made his exit, with Connor Young coming on to replace Wright in defence.
Matthew Harris sent a ball through only for Krissy Miller to head away. Merthyr didn't always find their men, with clearances not able to be transformed into attacks.
On 29 minutes hard-working Kerry Morgan fired in and goalkeeper James Carey spilled the ball but recovered.
Dan Demkiv earned a corner from a solid tackle by Joe Hunt after the opponent had nipped past two defenders. Wright punched out from the flag-kick.
Jenkins took a knock and then Frome missed a fine Frome chance, Demkiv firing wide from Miller.
Merthyr upped their play at the start of the second half but gambled by bringing on central defender Craig McDonnell for Corey, and putting him up front. Harris and Traylor combined to get a corner with Frome still not seeming to exploit Merthyr's goalkeeper situation.
Connor Roberts brought down Morgan for a free-kick before Young had to concede a Frome corner with Wright unable to get to the ball.
The big McDonnell tried to get busy in the box and forced a save after a ball from Adam Davies.
The 64th minute saw Carey make a good stop from Traylor. Then Merthyr were stung by two quick goals. In the 65th minute, a back- pass from Davies was handled by Wright with Ollie Knowles then lashing home the free-kick.
Before Merthyr could recover, a ball from Scott set up a great chance for Harry Baker to net less than two minutes later.
Meechan battled up front but was crowded out by the away rearguard.Kieran Lewis went close with a shot on the turn. Merthyr were back in with a shout with Morgan's free-kick being met by teenager Joe Hunt who looped a header home after 71 minutes.
There was a hold-up after an incident which saw Davies and Knowles booked. Now in the late stages, the game sprang to life with Merthyr fighting for a point.But they allowed Frome to hit back and on 88 minutes.Miller and Kris Scott exchanged passes before giving Baker the chance to drive past Wright.
Hunt cleared off the Merthyr line as they nearly conceded a fourth goal in time added on.