Merthyr Town 2 Swindon Supermarine 2
"I thought we were going to get hammered," a Swindon Supermarine follower, said after The Martyrs' opening home fixture My own prediction was 2-2 and it seemed fair from a game of two spot-kicks and an appeal for another.
The visitors were strong in midfield and Bradley Gray, with 10 other clubs to his pedigree, impressed wth speed, vision and skills on the ball, enjoying his third stint at the club.
Craig McDonnell, a signing from Taffs Well, hit the side-net for The Martyrs but they were a goal down on 10 minutes., Pony-tailed Stacey Pearson decided that Brad Hooper had been fouled, and the same man sent a penalty past goalkeeper Joe Perry, returning to the club.Kerry Morgan disputed the spot-kick and earned a yellow card.
Merthyr replied, Corey Jenkins setting up Ashley Evans to head across the goal, and then Tom Meechan tested 'keeper Josh Hill after a Jenkins ball.Michael Hopkins stopped an Ian Traylor run but on 16 minutes, it was 1-1 as Traylor's cross was met by Meechan in the box.
Marine hit back with a corner.Pressure saw Merthyr survive a shot over the bar from Gray.Merthyr threatened with controlled play by Traylor but in the 39th minute Zack Westlake powered home a Gray corner- 1-2.
More super stuff came from Swindon and Gray struck the post from a Conor McDonagh pass.Meechan went down to a Hooper challenge but penalty shouts were rejected. Then after 65 minutes, a push on Evans by Dan Williamson, saw a penalty given. Traylor drove it into the net.
Play was end to end. Meechan headed wide on 73 minutes.Changes saw Miles John, Craig Reddy and Conor Young for Morgan, Jenkins and Joe Hunt.
Adam Davies headed wide in injury time with the result well received by everyone after overall play.