Casuals 2 Merthyr Town 1

Charlie Fox was the unlikely hero as he came off the bench on his debut to poach the winning goal for the Stags and extend our winning streak five in all competitions.

A scrappy first half saw Merthyr press well and stop the home side from getting any kind of rhythm going.  The first real chance of the game came for the visitors, who forced Alex into a superb save down to his left to keep the scores level and it was then the Casuals that started coming back into the game.  

The energetic Cheyce saw his shot saved comfortably by Harris in the Merthyr goal and it should have been a goal shortly before half time, Mano feeding the superb David Fitzpatrick through on goal but as he pulled the trigger Jarrad Wright made an unbelievable last ditch tackle to stop the keeper from even being tested.

The opening goal came early in the second half, a fast counter attack which saw Eliot Richards slide the ball left to Ian Traylor who finished well past Alex for 1-0.  The Stags pulled it back though after 67 minutes, a beautifully struck goal from the ever-busy Fitzpatrick from 30 yards which sailed over Harris into the roof of the net.  Merthyr still pushed forward and threatened but the excellent Jay Gasson, like a fine wine at the age of 34 in the centre of defence, saw everything that came his way out of danger.

The final blow was delivered by the cunning Charlie Fox in the final minute.  From defence he managed to barge his way through to the left of the box and score from an acute angle to seal the points for the Stags and send the Merthyr fans home heartbroken.

The Stags are now just three points off the play-offs having been winless just 9 days ago.  Merthyr are now four losses on the trot, but they showed more than enough to suggest that this is just a blip for them.