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Merthyr Town 5 Hitchin Town 1

Saturday, August 29 2015

The 193 mile trip to Merthyr ended with a comprehensive 5-1 defeat as Hitchin put in a poor defensive performance. There is no doubt Merthyr will be a force to be reckoned with this season and they were particularly powerful up front. Yet Hitchin made a really good start to the game and deserved to take the lead. Jonny McNamara made one of his trademark runs and Tom Bradley could only parry his shot and Simon Martin netted the rebound. Before the goal Alasan Ann had headed just wide and Callum Donnelly had made a dangerous run.

 

Lewis Rolfe had a shot saved and Hitchin were comfortable until Rolfe had a pass intercepted and from this move Kayne McLoggin scored from the edge of the area after 37 minutes. Just 4 minutes later Merthyr were in front as slack defending enabled Guillermo Bauza to score from close range.

 

Hitchin needed to get back to the way they started the game in the second half but disaster struck as Merthyr scored their third goal 3 minutes in. Ian Traylor shot from a narrow angle and his shot went in off the far post. Hitchin never recovered from this blow and never offered any real threat afterwards. Indeed their only shot to worry the keeper came in injury time when McNamara shot just over the bar.

 

Merthyr were now playing with real confidence and added a fourth when Elliot Scotcher scored direct from a free kick after 59 minutes. A fifth followed on 80 minutes when Jarrad Wright finished after a free kick was not cleared as Hitchin lacked the defensive stability that had been a feature of recent performances. Merthyr took full advantage of Hitchin’s shortcomings on the day and will be very difficult to beat on their plastic pitch—indeed Hitchin were the first away team to score on it this season.

 

Hitchin will know they can defend better and should remember how good they were in the first 25 minutes. Dunstable on Monday gives the perfect opportunity for Hitchin to bounce back.

 

Teams

 

Hitchin:  Horlock, Smith, Corran, Ann, Webb, Pearson, McNamara, Donnelly, Martin, Rolfe, Kirkpatrick

Subs:  Burns for Martin 56, Lench for Donnelly 74, Bickerstaff, Barker for Rolfe 63, Wright

Merthyr:  Bradley, Green, Davies, Evans, Wright, Baggridge, Prosser, Scotcher, Mclaggon, Bauza, Traylor 

Subs:  Tancock , Clarke, Bowen for Bauza 66, Morgan for McLaggon 74, Jenkins for Traylor 74

 

Bookings

Hitchin: Ann and Donnelly; Merthyr:  Green and Scotcher

 

Attendance  497

 

Roy Izzard



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