Ham­mond free-kick cracker sinks Town

The Non-League Football Paper - - FA TROPHY 2ND ROUND QUALIFYING - By James Boyes

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.

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