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