Martyrs' captain Ashley Evans was sent off in the last minute at Hendon. Pic: Peter Harman.

Martyrs’ Captain And Assistant Manager Sent Off Away

Merthyr Town had captain Ashley Evans and assistant manager Dean Clarke sent off during their goalless draw against Dorchester Town at Clayson Stadium.

Dorchester kept a clean sheet for the first time in the Evo-Stik Southern Premier South this season.

Home goalkeeper Kingsley Latham made two outstanding first half saves before substitute Tom Blair failed to scored from the best chance of the match.

The Martyrs were without Kerry Morgan and Kyle Patten, both serving suspensions, while former Swansea City player Owain Jones was in their squad after international clearance was granted following his transfer from Nuneaton.

Merthyr Town’s Ian Traylor. Pic: Peter Harman.

Ian Traylor and Tom Meechan were lively in the Merthyr attack, while Jarrad Wright went close early on. He headed over from a Traylor free-kick.

Lee Lucas went for goal and his effort was pushed away by goalkeeper Kingsley Latham.

Dorchester’s first chance came when striker Ben Seymour ran clear and lobbed goalkeeper Joe Perry, but his effort flew over the bar.

Lucas went close again when a cross from the left picked him out. His shot, from 15 yards, was saved by Latham, who is playing for Dorchester on loan from Southampton.

Connor Young also went close for the Martyrs when he volleyed over from Traylor’s corner.

Centre-half Jarrad Wright. Pic: Peter Harman.

The two captains, Neil Martin and Methyr’s Evans, clashed in a scuffle and that led to the Martyrs being reduced to 10 players. Evans was booked for the second time and sent off.

Referee Colin Hubbard also cautioned assistant manager Clarke when he protested and sent him to the stand.

Martyrs almost had a big finish when Lucas went for goal, bur his effort hit a post.

Dorchester Town: Kingsley Latham, Neil Martin (capt), Callum Rose, Josh Bailey, Harry Kite, Cameron Murray, Bill Lowes, Ben Seymour, Antonio Diaz, Arron Rodriguez. Ashley Pope, Michael Edgar (gk), Tom Bair, Josh Williams.

Merthyr Town: Joe Perry, Adam Davies, Connor Young, Ashley Evans (capt), Jarrad Wright, Craig McDonnell, Lee Lucas, Matthew Harris, Tom Meechan (Owain Jones 65), Kiran Lewis, Ian Traylor. Subs: Joe Hunt, Kyle Patten, Corey Jenkins, Owain Jones, Gavin Williams. 

Referee: Colin Hubbard (Wimborne).

Attendance: 459

Merthyr Town’s remaining fixtures in November:

November 

Saturday 10 v Lewes away (Buildbase FA Trophy)

Saturday 17 v Basingstoke Town away (SL)

Tuesday 20 v Tiverton Town home (SL)

Saturday 24 v Weymouth home (SL)

Tuesday 27 v Wimborne Town home (SL).

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