Morgan the Wantage tormentor as Martyrs in seven heaven.
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MERTHYR TOWN.............7 WANTAGE.........................0 FORMER Swansea City winger Kerry Morgan tormented Wantage Town in yesterday's Southern League clash at the Cigg-e Stadium.
South and West Division leaders Merthyr Town passed the ball with real fluency, earned a sixth successive win and were far too strong for the visitors, who could easily have been beaten by a far bigger margin.
At the heart of it all was the tricky Morgan, who created three of Merthyr's goals and scored one himself.
His movement, passing, crossing and link-up play was first class.
It was Ian Traylor who led the goals rush, scoring three in the rout to take his tally for the season to 23.
The Martyrs, watched by 668 spectators, led 4-0 at half-time and were denied a penalty when Dan Summerfield was fouled inside the penalty area and referee Mark Derrien awarded a free-kick outside the box.
Their first goal was scored by Traylor after a flowing passing move.
Captain Ryan Green, Adam Davies and Morgan were involved before Traylor lost his marker and headed in from close range after 11 minutes.
Soon after Morgan swept a cross-field pass out from left to right and picked out former Swansea mid-fielder Guillermo Bauza, who timed his run perfectly and volleyed into the net first time.
Morgan then scored Merthyr's third goal when he darted past a defender and whipped in a high shot over goalkeeper Gareth Tucker and in off the underside of the crossbar.
Jarrad Wright, playing in mid-field, made it 4-0 with a low shot into the corner.
Wantage lost two players injured, with Jake Johns and Adam Doyle going off during the first half.
Merthyr were in complete control during the opening period and at half-time sent on substitute Steve Williams for Summerfield, who had been booked for a firsthalf foul.
Traylor added his second soon after the half-time break to make it 5-0, while Kayne McLaggon hit a post.
Traylor and Green both hit the bar, while substitute Ryan Prosser lobbed the keeper only to see a defender chase back and clear off the line.
Prosser was not to be denied though, and smashed home number six from Morgan's pass on 70 minutes.
Traylor grabbed number seven to complete his hat-trick after 89 minutes.
MERTHYR TOWN: T Bradley, D Summerfield (S Williams 46), A Davies, J Wright, J Rewbury, R Green (capt), K Morgan, R Evans, K McLaggon (R Prosser 64), G Bauza (C Jenkins 68), I Traylor. Subs not used: C Jenkins, D Shallis
Ian Traylor scored a hat-trick for Merthyr to take his tally for the season to 23 as the Martyrs beat Wantage 7-0 at the Cigg-e Stadium