28 Dec 2017, Thursday
The ambitious neighbours from over the border didn't really create a great deal against a side which chased every ball.
The bumper Boxing Day crowd of 2,612 were served up plenty of action.
And the Merthyr faithful were up on their feet in the late stages as Hereford were under pressure. Substitute Harrison Lewis had a good chance from Ryan Prosser but shot wide when well-placed.And goalkeeper Martin Horsell made a double save from Ian Traylor and Lewis as the end neared.
Earlier, John Mills, Hereford's scoring machine, went down under pressure from Jarrad Wright but a goal-kick was given.
In the opening exchanges, Hereford's Ryan Green got the ball back to Horsell with Traylor chasing through.
Some Merthyr passes were going astray but on 18 minutes Jaye Bowen threatened with an effort over the bar.Adam Davies and Traylor linked up but former Merthyr loanee Cameron Pring conceded a corner. But the flag-kick was easily cleared.
Eliot Richards fired well over the bar for the visitors .
Green frequently leant on the back of Prosser but the referee didn't give a free-kick.
Ashley Evans, Merthyr skipper, was on form and headed away from Mills.At the other end, keeper Oliver Davies lost the ball but Pring fired over.
Prosser ran clear but his attempt went wide of the far post.
In the second half, a Jamie Bird run by Hereford was stopped just outside the box, a free-kick conceded.
When Wright lost the ball, Keyon Reffell could only send a drive wide.
Prosser moved in but Horsell saved at his feet.
Bowen, injured, was replaced by Youth player Harrison Lewis. Traylor set up Prosser but he headed wide.
The Martyrs looked more likely to score, and Lewis went so close. Hereford relied on breaks but the home defence stood fim, with Matthew Harris on form.
The result was a tribute to the Merthyr players whose wages have been slashed while their opponents are reported to be paying out big money in their bid to further climb the pyramid. They paraded five ex-Marthyrs in the squad as well as former boss Steve Jenkins, now No 2 at Hereford.