MATCH REPORT: MERTHYR TOWN
Tony McCool gave starts to his two recent signings, Justin Koeries and Lanre Ladipo, with Ben Collins returning at right back.
The tone was set for the afternoon on eight minutes as Corey Jenkins opened the scoring, before the second arrived from the penalty spot on 22 minutes, former Luton striker Stuart Fleetwood netting when Daniel Trif fouled Jenkins.
Gedeon Okita had two promising runs forward curtailed for Dunstable, as they reached the interval with no further goals conceded.
However, in the second half, the hosts conceded with just a minute on the clock as Jenkins raced away to net the third.
Daniel Trif had two goal bound headers saved, and Brandy Makuendi and Kelvin igweani went close to scoring, as Town made all three changes in a bid to find a way back, but they were further behind when Kyle Copp fired home an excellent free kick from outside the box after an hour.
There was no easing off the throttle from the Martyrs either, as Fleetwood (67) bagged his second of the game, while substitute Ashley Evans rubbed salt into the wounds with the sixth on 79 minutes.
After the match Tony McCool was upbeat and positive about his young squad, “Of course it's soul destroying for young players, but it's not that they are miles away. They have competed in games and not disgracing themselves by creating many chances. In this game we had several chances over both halves but of course we are chasing games due to gifted goals and that leaves us vulnerable. The lads are learning and getting better all the time.”
“They have great character, as teams will find out. Whatever setbacks they have, they will never roll over and give up. That, they have proved in the three games they have played so far. They have to be better in both boxes and they know that. We are working hard again and we may see further shuffles in personnel.”
“But despite the results on paper, teams will walk off knowing they have been in a game and as long as they keep improving to add to the performances, confidence will build and those chances will turn into goals.”
Whilst the score line does look rather one sided, Dunstable did create some good chances and on another day, could have had five or six themselves. The youngsters are growing into their roles and responsibilities on the pitch, and are playing against experienced journeyman.
Remember, it is only eight weeks since our first open trial, when these players first met each other. We have come a long way together, but the journey is only just beginning.
Garry Malone, Ben Collins, Gedeon Okito, Daniel Trif, John Sonuga, captain, , Lanre Ladipo, Brandy Makuendi, Arel Amu, Sam Odusoga, (Nimmy Aji, 67), Justin Koeries, (Ryan Young, 49), Kelvin igweani, (Dami Salami, 77),.Other subsitutes- Jadell Brown, Michael Adeyemi.
Oliver Davies, Adam Davies, Cameron Pring, Robbie Patten (Jake Bowen), Jarrad Wright, captain, Scott Tancock, Corey Jenkins, TWO GOALS, 17 and 46 minutes, Mo Touray), Eliot Richards, Stewart Fleetwood, TWO GOALS, 22, penalty and 67, (Ashley Evans, GOAL, 79), Kyle Copp, GOAL, 60 , Kerry Morgan, other subs – BenWatkins and Ian Traylor.
Referee – Neil Morrison assisted by Conor Griffin and Keith Kennett.