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Merthyr Town 2 Wimborne Town 0
26 Nov 2018, Monday

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AFTER being thwarted time after time, Merthyr hit two second-half goals through Ian Traylor and Kerry Morgan  to overcome the battling visitors.
With only one point on their travels this  campaign, there was always the Merthyr  fear that Wimborne's lean spell might end.
Goalkeeper Gerard Benfield, last season's "most improved young player" gave an heroic display, stopping everything that Merthyr could muster. And several  efforts were cleared off the line.
Keiran Lewis forced Sam Davidson to concede a Wimborne corner early on. Lewis later set up Owain Jones who shot on the turn but was denied by Benfield.
The visitors man-marked well as Merthyr produced some slick attacking moves.Benfield  saved on  the ground from Adam Davies and then gathered an effort from Ryan Prosser who again looked on top form.
Luke Holmes went on a surging run for the Dorset  side but put the ball wide.
Franklyn Clarke saw 'keeper Joe Perry clear for a flag-kick.Wimborne had their share of  the game but were held, and their hopes were dashed by a solid tackle from Joe Hunt.
Merthyr did everything but score. Prosser fired wide after a good run.  The goalkeeper saved in the  air from Davies.
A bit of a fracas was settled with Hunt having his  name taken. With The Martyrs pressing, Wimborne nevertheless replied and from a pass by Luke Burbridge, Tobias Holmes netted but he was ruled offside just before the  break.
The second period again saw Traylor and Prosser denied and the latter fired over the bar following another run.
Ashley Evans was fouled by Clarke as Wimborne battled away.
Merthyr didn't make it pay with some of  their corners, and as time went on, a goal-less result looked likely.
But on  69 minutes Prosser turned the ball in for Traylor to follow up  and drive home inside the box.
Morgan came on for Jones and later had to receive treatment following a tackle.
Wimborne pushed forward with Luke Holmes going close. But Kyle Patten and Craig McDonnell were solid in defence.Matthew Harris went on  for Lewis.
Prosser was replaced by Meechan, unavailable last Tuesday, and almost scored immediately.Lucas had  a shot cleared off the line.
But the decisive goal  did come-  in stoppage time- with Morgan  firing in after Traylor and Evans had combined following Wimborne attacks.
Wimborne boss Matty Holmes said before the game his "Magpies"  side would show "no fear at Merthyr".
He commented: “It will be hugely tough. Merthyr are a very physical side and work really hard with good quality.

"They have a mix of everything and we are going to have a tough challenge up there but with the squad and the way we have a bit of belief, we will go there with no fear."

His words proved true but Gavin Williams' Merthyr  fought  all the way for  their third successive win to  see them in fourth spot and five points behind leaders Taunton with a game in hand.


With the club needing all  the support  they  can muster, the gate was a disappointing 377 after the  superb win over Tiverton  Town.
 
PHIL HOWELLS

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