The Non-League Football Paper - - EVO-STIK LEAGUE SOUTH - By An­drew McNeill

A MUCH-changed Farn­bor­ough team shorn of some re­cently-de­parted le­gends shared the spoils with their Welsh vis­i­tors in a scrappy af­fair.

A com­pet­i­tive first half was de­void of in­ci­sion from both teams, play slowly sim­mer­ing but never quite reach­ing the boil.

The dead­lock was bro­ken on 68 min­utes when Boro’s Con­nor Cal­cutt ghosted across the goal and with keeper rooted, placed a deft header just in­side the right stick.

Shortly there­after, Cal­cutt and Jar­rad Wright saw red for some un­sightly hand­bags and from the restart Merthyr put some colour in an other­wise mono­chrome per­for­mance by storm­ing down the pitch, Ian Tray­lor lob­bing the on-rush­ing Ai­den Up­ward when left one-on-one.

Tray­lor dou­bled his tally five min­utes later: burst­ing through the Boro de­fence from the left, run­ning half the pitch and rolling the ball home from just in­side the area.

But par­ity was re­stored again when a sub­lime con­trol and fin­ish from Dan Walker three min­utes from the end – a low drive to the right from just in­side the left of the box – lev­elled the game again to set up a tense fin­ish.

Both teams sniffed the win and only a de­spair­ing div­ing header off the line from Farn­bor­ough de­fender Luke King de­nied Tray­lor a hat-trick while Spencer Day’s Boro had a goal dis­al­lowed for off­side as the game saw a dra­matic fi­nale. STAR MAN: Ian Tray­lor (Merthyr Town) EN­TER­TAIN­MENT: ★★★★★

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