Reported by Paul Webb
A bright start by Merthyr saw a Dorrian free kick fall for Williams who missed a clear cut opportunity. Merthyr’s early pressure and impressive work rate saw them rewarded on 16 minutes when Ben John under pressure lost possession of a cross and Marcus Griffiths was on hand to score. Referee Veater waving aside strong Town appeals for a foul on the keeper. Cinderford almost when two down when Prosser beat John but Peckham cleared off the line.
Mc Cootie then produced Town’s best moment thus far with a superb run but his cross saw Haines contrive to miss a great chance. Lewis Sommers then released Andy Lewis who rounded the keeper but ran out of room. Shepherd created a good chance for Griffiths which was spurned. With half time approaching a crude shove by Thomas on Haines saw Town awarded a penalty which Whittington calmly despatched.
Half Time Merthyr Town 1 Cinderford Town 1
Sommers met a pin point Archer cross but his header was off target then an Armitage centre led to Prosser squandering a golden opportunity to re take the lead for Merthyr. Town moved back downfield and a Lee free kick was headed goal wards by Sommers but Whittington diving full length couldn’t nod it in. Shortly afterwards Whittington was carried off after a collision with Williams forcing a Cinderford reshuffle to accommodate substitute Dale Evans. A fine Sommers cross narrowly eluded the on rushing Tait and a Dale Evans free kick landed on the roof of the net as Town tried to conjure up a winner. The replay takes place at the Causeway on Tuesday 20th September at 19.45pm.
Full Time Merthyr Town 1 Cinderford Town 1
Town MOM D Harrison
Referee M Veater
Cinderford Town Team B John, W Archer capt, D Haines, D Harrison, D Peckham, N Mc Cootie (C Tait), N Hancock, A Lewis, M Whittingham (D Evans), L Sommers, M Smith (D Lee). Subs not used M Barnes, B Andrews, G Lewis and A Malcolm.
Merthyr Town Team J Perry, A Griffiths, J Howe, A Thomas, S Williams capt, R Dorrian (S Armitage/I Traylor), K Leek (J Thomas), L Smith, G Shepherd, R Prosser, M Griffiths.