Kristian Miller fires Bridgwater Town into second round of FA Cup qualifying (From Bridgwater Mercury)
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Kristian Miller fires Bridgwater Town into second round of FA Cup qualifying
9:29am Monday 16th September 2013 in Sport
BRIDGWATER TOWN 2 MERTHYR TOWN 1
BRIDGWATER Town manager Richard Fey believes Saturday's 2-1 FA Cup victory over Merthyr Town was a sign of his side's resilience, after the Robins ground out a hard-fought victory at Fairfax Park.
A deflected Kristian Miller strike five minutes from time confirmed Bridgwater's progression, after Joe Bushin had given the hosts an early lead.
As well as a place in the next round, Town have also pocketed £3,000 in prize money from Saturday's result, and Fey was quick to dedicate the result to both the club's supporters and the chairman. He said: “It was a great win and more revenue for the club. We were playing a team who should win our league in my opinion, with their resources and in my opinion, in cup games it doesn't matter how you play, it's just about getting into the next round.
“We weren't at our best but considering we had four players out and Bater playing with an injury, I'm over the moon that we won. I knew bringing Daine (O'Connor) on with his pace would change the game and it did and what we spoke about at half-time worked and that was to stay in the game as long as we could and then have a go in the last fifteen minutes.
“I'm chuffed for the chairman and more importantly the supporters because now we have got this far in the cup, let's enjoy it but keep our feet on the ground and try and finish the season better than last year.”
Bushin nodded the Robins into a lead after five minutes, when he converted a Geraint Bater corner; the forward heading home from six yards out.
Matthew Harris thought he had equalised for Merthyr minutes later with a finish identical to Bushin's earlier effort, but the goal was ruled out by the referee's whistle for a push.
Approaching half-time, Merthyr got a deserved equaliser courtesy of a superb finish from Ian Traylor, who raced past Alex Faux and fired into the far corner or Wright's goal.
In a pulsating second-half, Merthyr dominated the early possession and territory, but resolute Bridgwater defending kept the visitors at bay, with captain Chris McGrath in particular, putting in a solid shift.
Chances were few and far between and when they did come, neither side was able to take advantage.
Bushin drifted a header just wide of the far post, and Merthyr's Zaki Misbah should have done better when clear on goal, but the striker dragged his effort wide.
The match seemed destined to be going to a replay, but Kristian Miller had other ideas. Picking up the ball wide right, Miller beat Jack Howe and fired a shot which deflected off Kerry Morgan, past Giles Cutlan into the far corner.
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