MERTHYR TOWN ................ 1 WINCHESTER CITY ............ 4

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A DISAS­TER for Merthyr who crashed out of the FA Cup in spec­tac­u­lar style against a team that plays one divi­sion below them in the pyra­mid.

Gavin Wil­liams made a num­ber of changes to his start­ing line-up, leav­ing Matthew Har­ris and Tom Meechan on the bench.

But, they started the game brightly and after only nine min­utes looked to have taken the lead only for Adam Davies’ ef­fort to be ruled out for off­side.

The game turned on 24 min­utes when City Cap­tain Jamie Bar­ron went on a daz­zling run be­fore fir­ing past Merthyr goal­keeper Joe Perry from 20 yards.

Five min­utes later Merthyr should have been level when Corey Jenk­ins’ cross was met by Ian Tray­lor but both he and then Owain Jones saw their close range shots blocked.

On 41 min­utes Winchester dou­bled their ad­van­tage, a clear­ance out of the Merthyr de­fence headed back to City’s Tyrell Mit­ford who bril­liantly lobbed Perry from 25 yards.

Merthyr went to a back three at half time but just 60 sec­onds after the restart Mit­fird robbed Merthyr de­fender Kyle Pat­ten be­fore fir­ing past Perry for num­ber three.

Lee Lu­cas pulled a goal back for Merthyr just be­fore the hour, the sub­sti­tute curl­ing a cross cum shot in at the far post.

But, de­spite all their pres­sure look­ing for a se­cond Merthyr hopes of a come­back were dashed when City broke far too eas­ily from a Merthyr cor­ner on 75 min­utes and Joe Cook found Mit­ford who raced on with ease to col­lect his hat-trick.

Merthyr con­tin­ued to press but a com­bi­na­tion of poor fin­ish­ing and des­per­ate de­fend­ing pro­tected the vis­i­tors lead and saw the £9000 prize money which Merthyr would have been des­per­ate for, go south.

LUKE Borelli’s late goal se­cured all three points for lead­ers Peny­bont as they came from be­hind to win 2-1 at Afan Lido in Nathaniel Car Sales Welsh League Divi­sion One.

Noah Da­ley had given Lido a dream start in the first minute and that was the way it stayed un­til Owain War­low lev­elled it up for the Bryn­tirion club on 69 min­utes.

Borelli then net­ted on 77 min­utes for Peny­bont who re­main un­beaten and have five wins and 16 points from six games.

They are now four points clear of Haver­ford­west County who slipped to their first de­feat of the cam­paign – go­ing down 2-1 at Cam­brian & Cly­dach cour­tesy of two late goals.

Lee Trun­dle’s 10th minute opener looked to have set the Blue­birds on their way to vic­tory, un­til David Thomas – from the penalty spot – and an 89th minute Michael Jones win­ner snatched all three points for Cam­brian who are now fourth in the ta­ble.

Haver­ford­west do still have a game in hand on Peny­bont, as do Cwm­bran Celtic who are third on 10 points fol­low­ing their 1-0 win at Llantwit Ma­jor. Chris Ham’s goal proved de­ci­sive. Else­where Taffs Well bagged their first vic­tory of the sea­son at the fifth at­tempt with War­ren Jones’ 35th min­utes goal earn­ing them a 1-0 home vic­tory over Cw­mam­man United.

Pon­typridd Town, who are now bot­tom of the pile, had their sched­uled game at Port Tal­bot Town post­poned while there were also wins for Bri­ton Ferry Llan­sawel and Am­man­ford over Goytre United and Gwent side Goytre re­spec­tively.

In Divi­sion Two, STM Sports suf­fered their first loss of the cam­paign as they went down 2-1 at lead­ers Croesy­ceil­iog in their top-of-the-ta­ble clash.

Lamin Con­teh did find the net for STM, who are now five points be­hind un­beaten Croesy but do still have two games in hand.

Caerau Ely are six points off the sum­mit with a game in hand after their 2-2 draw at home with Caldicot Town.

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