Hammond free-kick cracker sinks Town
TWO FIRST-HALF goals were enough to see Lewes progress.
The Welshmen began brightly, with both Tom Meechan and Owain Jones aiming early efforts at the Lewes goal.
However, it was the Rooks who took the lead when Connor Young conceded a foul 25 yards out. Ideal range for James Hammond to open the scoring in with a direct free-kick.
Three minutes later, Ian Traylor had a free kick from a similar situation for Merthyr but could only find the arms of Lewes goalkeeper Lewis Carey.
Jonte Smith shot wide as Town began to gain a foothold, with Jarrad Wright testing Carey with a sharp header.
Six minutes from the break, Luke Blewden doubled the lead when his powerful shot had goalkeeper Joe Perry tipping the ball into his own goal.
Merthyr had a lot of possession but couldn’t create any danger for Carey, with Jones’s sidefooted effort gathered easily by the goalkeeper.
Matt Harris had two longrange efforts in a prolonged injury time, with Carey at full stretch to tip the second one over the bar, but Merthyr were unable to prevent the Rooks’ safe passage into the third qualifying round.