Waders worthy winners in Wales

Craig Daniel
Craig Daniel

Biggleswade Town returned from the Welsh valleys with all three points on Saturday.

They notched a 2-1 win in the long trip to Merthyr Town, impressive after two hard FA Cup games in the past seven days.

With Shane Hill not well and regular first teamer Callum Lewis and Andrew Iwediuno carrying injuries, the team that took to the artificial surface was an attacking line up with Burnett, Merson and new boy Chris Marsh spearheading the Wader’s attack.

The home side were unable to muster a shot until 12 minutes in with the back line of Hoyte, Frater returning after suspension ably assisted by the two fullbacks Coulson and York.

With Michael king coming in at number six, an unnatural role for normally a wide player and Ian Rees commanding the midfield, Craig Daniel was also free to forage forward. Chances were at a premium especially for the home side berated by their own fans for a series of passes going astray.

sam Merson tried his luck midway through with a screamer that just went over the bar at the other end with only their second shot of the game by danger man Ryan Prosser, curled wide.

On 41 minutes Danie,l with his usual promise cut inside and shot for goal. The keeper parried but as the full back ran in he clipped the ball into the empty net, prompting a discussion of Daniel or own goal? At half time Waders were worth the lead.

Out for the second period Merthyr upped the pace looking to get back on level terms.

Prosser again got his head to a ball on 50 minutes only to be denied by our man with a super save. It was end to end with the battle being played out in midfield.

Merthyr’s hopes were dashed just past the hour as another speculative shot beat the keeper. but there was no doubt as to the scorer this time as Daniel reeled away for his second of the game. Not to be denied for long Merthyr were up the other end where Ian Traylor found himself free with the goal at his mercy, making no mistake.

Merthyr pushed on but our big guys at the back stood tall and soaked up the inevitable pressure. With no clear chances on goal, the crowd of 409 grew frustrated and had to accept defeat from a jubilant Biggleswade team.

It’s another first on Tuesday night as Biggleswade head for Shakespeare country of Stratford.