Merthyr Town goalkeeper Ed Lewiston saves a penalty during the win against Kings Langley. Pic: Peter Harman.

#FearTheBeard – Ryan Is Back Banging In The Goals

The Beard is back and banging in the goals.

Centre-forward Ryan Prosser – #FearTheBeard – scored twice in Merthyr Town’s 4-1 home win against Kings Langley from Hertfordshire.

Prosser has only made 18 first team appearances during a season disrupted by a back injury, but the big striker is a potent force in EvoStik Southern League football when he is fit.

Ryan – #FearTheBeard – Prosser in action for Merthyr Town against Kings Langley. Pic: Peter Harman.

Welshman Prosser, who celebrates his 29th birthday later this month, first signed for the Martyrs in 2010, moving from Welsh League Second Division leaders Ton Pentre to Penydarren Park.

He has scored 157 goals for Merthyr in 310 appearances and he was outstanding against Kings Langley.

Prosser netted Merthyr Town’s second and third goals just before half-time, while he went close to a hat-trick when his header from Ian Traylor’s cross flew wide.

The partnership between Traylor, a former Hirwaun, Pontypridd Town and Cwmaman Institute player, and Prosser has been prolific for the Martyrs over the last seven seasons.

Ashley Evans opens the scoring for Merthyr Town against Kings Langley. Pic: Peter Harman.

They have scored more than 150 goals each – a total of 312 in 650 appearances combined – and they have played significant roles in keeping Merthyr Town in the Premier Division this season.

More than 400 spectators watched the Martyrs win 4-1 against Kings Langley thanks to goals from Prosser (2), Ashley Evans and Jarrad Wright.

Merthyr went ahead in the first minute when Evans scored, while young goalkeeper Ed Hewitson saved a Steve Ward penalty after 35 minutes.

Prosser scored twice in four minutes just before half-time, scoring from a Traylor pass (40) and then netting after good play between Traylor and Harry Franklin set up the chance.

Jarrad Wright scores Merthyr Town’s fourth goal against Kings Langley. Pic: Peter Harman.

Kerry Morgan netted only for the effort to be ruled out for offside, while Mitchy Weiss pulled a goal back for Kings Langley after 73 minutes, his 19th goal of the season.

Powerful midfield player Wright then scored Merthyr’s fourth goal, heading in from a Corey Jenkins cross to the far post.

Merthyr Town FC: Ed Hewitson, Harry Franklin, Matthew Harris, Kyle Patten, Adam Davies (Scott Tancock 60), Ashley Evans, Jarrad Wright, Owain Jones, Kerry Morgan, Ryan Prosser (Corey Jenkins 77), Ian Traylor. Subs: Craig Reddy, Jaye Bowen, Liam Price.

Kings Langley: Martin Bennett, Steve Ward, Jorell Johnson, Callum Adebiyi, Jacob Cook, Gareth Price, Kieran Turner, Josh Coldicot-Stevens, Aidan Collins, Louie Collier, Mitchell Weiss. Subs used: Eduard Toiny-Pendred, Lewis Hodgins.

Attendance: 402.

Merthyr Town’s three remaining fixtures 2017-18

April

Sat 21 v Banbury United A

Tues 24 v Bishops Stortford A

Sat 28 v Redditch United H

Premier Division Table

# Team Pl HW HD HL AW AD AL W D L F A Diff Pts
1. Hereford 42 18 1 3 14 4 2 32 5 5 101 32 69 101
2. King’s Lynn Town 44 16 5 1 13 4 5 29 9 6 95 37 58 96
3. Weymouth 43 15 4 3 13 3 5 28 7 8 97 44 53 91
4. Kettering Town 41 17 2 1 10 5 6 27 7 7 104 47 57 88
5. Slough Town 42 14 5 3 12 4 4 26 9 7 103 48 55 87
6. Royston Town 43 15 2 4 8 3 11 23 5 15 79 59 20 74
7. Chesham United 43 11 6 5 9 5 7 20 11 12 82 56 26 71
8. Tiverton Town 41 13 2 5 9 2 10 22 4 15 70 63 7 70
9. Banbury United 42 8 7 7 10 6 4 18 13 11 85 53 32 67
10. Hitchin Town 41 10 4 5 8 4 10 18 8 15 66 59 7 62
11. Basingstoke Town 42 15 3 3 3 4 14 18 7 17 82 65 17 61
12. St Neots Town 43 10 5 6 6 7 9 16 12 15 75 74 1 60
13. Frome Town 43 7 4 10 10 3 9 17 7 19 75 87 -12 58
14. Biggleswade Town 41 9 5 6 5 5 11 14 10 17 50 52 -2 52
15. Redditch United 43 10 7 5 4 2 15 14 9 20 68 68 0 51
16. Stratford Town 43 7 6 9 7 3 11 14 9 20 61 77 -16 51
17. Merthyr Town 43 9 5 8 4 7 10 13 12 18 71 89 -18 51
18. Bishop’s Stortford 42 8 4 9 5 5 11 13 9 20 67 74 -7 48
19. Dorchester Town 42 11 2 9 2 7 11 13 9 20 61 81 -20 48
20. Farnborough 44 8 2 12 6 4 12 14 6 24 78 114 -36 48
21. Kings Langley 44 5 9 8 3 5 14 8 14 22 58 91 -33 38
22. St Ives Town 40 2 4 12 5 3 14 7 7 26 49 93 -44 28
23. Dunstable Town 42 2 1 18 1 3 17 3 4 35 25 132 -107 13
24. Gosport Borough 42 1 4 16 1 1 19 2 5 35 28 135 -107 11

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