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Valley gloom lifted by damage limitation

Merthyr hand Hungerford's season's worst defeat - but nothing changes in the table

Malcolm Howe

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Valley gloom lifted by damage limitation

Stefan Brown - goal raised comeback hopes

Merthyr Town 4 Hungerford Town 1

HUNGERFORD eventually made it to Merthyr, only to fall to their heaviest defeat of the season on the 3G surface at Penydarren Park.

That pitch actually helped to produce an entertaining gane, which was nowhere near as clear-cut as the scoreline suggests.

The visitors had problems getting their team to the ground through traffic and, and even referee Simon Shaw was late in arriving - and he only came from Bristol.

And Hungerford paid for the late start by falling two goals down inside 18 minutes, both claimed by Jarrad Wright via head and boot.

It was unusual for Hungerford to be chasing a two-goal deficit, but they nearly wiped it out and Merthyr had goalkepeer Ton Bradkley to thank for some outstanding saves, notably from former Merthyr boy Garyn Preen.

Nat Jarvis did squeeze the ball past the goalkeeper, but not quite enough to get over the line, although Stefan Brown did find the net when he hammered home Preen’s cross.

It was against the run of play when Merthyr restored their two-goal lead, substitutes Chris Hugh and Ian Traylor breaking at pace for the latter to score, and the stoppage time fourth was again fashioned by replacements with Traylor and scorer Guillermo Bauza combining.

Despite the scoreline, the damage to Hungerford’s cause was minimal as other results meant that they kept their top six placing.

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