HAVANT & WATERLOOVILLE 2 MERTHYR TOWN 1

The Non-League Football Paper - - FA CUP SECOND ROUND QUALIFYING - By Trevor Brock

SOUTH­ERN League Merthyr Town pro­duced a bat­tling dis­play as they pushed their Na­tional South op­po­nents Havant & Waterlooville all the way in an en­ter­tain­ing ti.

Af­ter tak­ing a sur­prise early lead, the Mar­tyrs were fi­nally de­nied a last-gasp equaliser which would have taken the tie back to South Wales for a re­play.

The visi­tors started the stronger, and man-of-the-match Mo Touray turned de­fender Ed Har­ris in­side out be­fore pro­duc­ing an inch-per­fect cross which Ian Tray­lor headed past a help­less keeper Ryan Young from close range.

The home side took just eight sec­ond-half min­utes to grab an equaliser, Al­fie Ruther­ford broke down the right-hand side be­fore cross­ing for lead­ing scorer Jason Prior to side-foot home from 12 yards.

A sub­sti­tu­tion 13 min­utes from time proved decisive. Williams again was in­volved as his well-struck cor­ner was met by the head of James Hayter who net­ted the win­ner just ten sec­onds af­ter be­ing brought on.

The Mar­tyrs threw ev­ery­thing at the home side and just be­fore the end a free kick found its way to cen­tral de­fender Jar­rad Wright who in­ex­pli­ca­bly poked the ball wide.

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