Unhappy Martyrs as Poole Town celebrate a goal.

Teenage Goalkeeper Scott Helps Out Injury Hit Martyrs

Teenage Swansea City goalkeeper Scott Reed helped out Merthyr Town in their 3-1 EvoStik Southern League defeat against Poole Town in Dorset.

The Martyrs were left without a goalkeeper when Lewis Webb was injured during their home defeat against Dorchester Town with outfield player Cavan Williams taking over.

Defender Matthew Harris and centre-forward Ryan Prosser were also injured against Dorchester and all three missed the trip to Poole.

More than 300 spectators were at the Black Gold Stadium and the home fans were silenced when Kieran Lewis netted for Merthyr following a seventh minute corner.

Lewis lost his marker at the back post and chested the ball home from close range.

Action: Poole Town v Merthyr Town.

Poole, though, recovered to earn a sixth successive home win on a day when wind and rain made the conditions difficult for both teams.

Poole equalised on 21 minutes when James Constable set up Jez Bedford and he beat a defender before firing past 18-year-old Swansea City goalkeeper Reed.

Jake Smeeton put Poole in front when his free-kick caught the wind and flew straight into the net.

At 2-1 down, Merthyr were still right in the match and player-manager Gavin Williams put himself on for defender Jay Foulston with 14 minutes left.

A much improved second half performance by Merthyr ensured Poole were hanging on to the lead and the Martyrs went close when a Lewis shot was well saved.

It was James Constable who scored Poole’s third goal after 88 minutes. Tyrique Clarke, on loan from Yeovil Town, went down the left wing and crossed for Constable to fire home.

The next test for Merthyr is against Beaconsfield Town away on Tuesday evening.

Poole Town (4-5-1): Luke Carney, Jack Dickson, Josh Leslie-Smith, Jake Smeeton, Jamie Whisken, Sam House (Tyrique Clarke 76), Sam Griffin (Adam Grange 88), Corby Moore, James Constable, Marvin Brooks Jaz Bedford. Subs not used: Tyrrell Sampson, Ben Rolleston, Charlie Turner.

Merthyr Town (4-4-2): Scott Reed, Adam Davies, Jay Foulston (Gavin Williams 76), Lee Lucas, Kyle Patten, Connor Young, Ben Swallow, Jamie Veale, Tom Meechan (Ian Traylor 61), Kieran Lewis, Kerry Morgan (Owain Jones 61). Sub not used: Craig Reddy.

Referee: Robert Cockle.

Attendance: 314

Merthyr Town have eight League fixtures left, four at home and four away.

Remaining Martyrs fixtures

March

Tuesday 19 v Beaconsfield Town A (7.45pm)

Saturday 23 v Staines Town H (3pm)

Saturday 30 v Metropolitan Police A (3pm)

April 

Saturday 6 Hartley Wintney H (3pm)

Saturday 13 v Gosport Borough A (3pm)

Saturday 20 v Farnborough H (3pm)

Monday 22 v Taunton Town A (3pm)

Saturday 27 v Walton Casuals H (3pm)

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