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Sutton United
Solihull Moors
 (35', 74')
Full time
J Osborne (33', 49')
Sat 8 Dec 15:00 - The Vanarama National League - Vanarama National League Attendance 1,728

Sutton United 2 Solihull Moors 2


Moors Secure Away point at Gander Green lane writes John Clothier

Back in August Moors and Sutton played out a 2 -2 draw at the ATG Stadium with Solihull twice coming from behind. At the start of play yesterday Moors sat in fifth position in the Vanarama National league with the “U”s three places and seven points behind.

The weather in Sutton was very wet and windy but the all-weather pitch was as always ready for action. Moors were without the injured Tyrone Williams giving a start to Corey O’Keefe at right back. Otherwise Moors were at full strength.

Craig Eastmond flashed an early pass across the Moors box on 4 minutes but Ryan Boot parried the ball and Liam Daly cleared the danger. Moors responded with Jermaine Hylton finding Danny Wright in the box but Craig Dundas was first to the knock down. On 10 minutes it was Hylton again on the end of Daly’s through ball battling with Bailey but his shot from an acute angle hit the side netting.

vs Sutton United - 08/12/2018
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Thomas-Asante let fly after running at Moors defence with the deflected shot falling for Bennett on the right flank who put the first of many low hard crosses but Alex Gudger cleared for the visitors. On 21 minutes Bennett again put the Solihull defence under pressure but Gudger was first to the ball at the near post as Dundas charged in.

Sutton were awarded a free kick some 30 yards out from a Kyle Storer foul and Bailey’s classic shot at the top left-hand corner of Boot’s net looked on its way to an opening goal but for an inspirational one handed save by the Moors shot stopper. Darren Carter’s through ball opened up Sutton’s defence but as it accelerated in the all-weather surface, Jamie Reckord had to knock it on first time and Hylton was unable to bring the pass under control.

With half an hour played Dundas’s pass in the box found Brown on the edge of the six-yard area but Boot saved from point blank range with his feet whilst Storer was on the line to clear the rebound.

Moors at this stage were reduced to hitting Sutton on the break but when Osborne collected a long ball out of defence on 33 minutes, he took it passed three defenders before unleashing a low shot into the right-hand corner of the net. Slightly against the run of play Solihull were in front. 0 -1.

Disappointingly Sutton were level less than two minutes later; Dundas’s shot from another Bennett cross from the right was blocked by Boot but nobody picked up the lurking Brown who toe poked the ball into the net from close range. 1 – 1.

Thomas-Asante tried a 25 yarder which flew just over the bar. Play was stopped for two minutes whilst Hylton received treatment from the physio but was able to carry on.

Harry Flowers was on for Liam Daly with 5 minutes of the half remaining, the Moors central defender feeling the effect of an Achilles problem. Osborne then turned provider with a curling corner just a whisker away from the in rushing Gudger.

One all at the break flattered Moors just a little.

Before the start of the second half, Reckord was substituted for George Carline, the Moors left back suffering from a calf strain. However, Carline’s extra-long throw paid dividends immediately when he launched the ball for Gudger to knock on to Wright who crossed for Osborne to fire home from some 8 yards. Moors were back in front 1 -2.

It could so easily have been a hat trick for the Moors’ midfielder as he combined well with Adi Yussuf but his chip over keeper Butler was cleared off the line. Another chance went begging on 65 minutes as Osborne’s throw was headed straight at Butler by Harry Flowers and Yussuf was disappointed with his bar clearing effort after linking well with Wright, again from an Osborne throw.

At the midpoint of the half Sutton were again putting pressure on their visitors and were awarded a free kick on 73 minutes when Storer clipped the heels of Eastmond as he raced into the danger zone. Hand bags at dawn reigned momentarily as Referee Pollard awarded a free kick on the edge of the semi-circle; Davis then curled an exquisite shot into the top right-hand corner of Boot’s goal - nothing the Moorsman could do about that. 2 -2

With Matt Stenson replacing Yussuf, Moors had renewed energy up front but it was still Sutton who looked the hungrier of the two sides and when they broke right to left from defence at speed Moors conceded an almost an identical free kick to the one from which the hosts scored some ten minutes earlier. This time Davis chose the left hand side of the goal but Boot was ready despite the pace of the ball.

In the penultimate minute of normal time Carter found Osborne who put the ball across the goal as Gudger again raced in – he did not make contact with the ball but his legs went under an advertising hording on the perimeter of the pitch. Fortunately, no injury was sustained.
The final action in four minutes added time saw more aggravation between the players, this time as a result of a foul by Hylton, but there were no more chances for either side

Not Moors best performance but Sutton are challenging for the play off positions and a point away was not to be sneezed at.

Moors stay in fifth position in the league; Harrogate and Wrexham both won, but extraordinarily Orient, Salford and Fylde were all beaten.

Next Saturday Moors travel to National North Southport for our first match in this years Buildbase FA Trophy. With the sandgrounders then playing Tranmere in the FA Cup on the following Monday with the hope of playing Spurs in the next round, and Moors playing Blackpool the day after that for a chance with Arsenal, it will be a difficult Saturday!

Man of the Match Jamey Osborne

Boot, Reckford (Carline), Storer ©, Daly (Flowers), Gudger, Osborne, Carter, Yussuf (Stenson), Hylton, Wright, O’Keeffe. Subs Not Used Maxwell, Thomas

Attendance 1728

Report from John Clothier Photos Courtesy of Richard King

Key moments

Goal Jamey Osborne scores for Solihull Moors
Goal Goal for Sutton United
Goal Jamey Osborne scores for Solihull Moors
Goal Goal for Sutton United

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vs Sutton United - 08/12/2018
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90:00 +3:00 Yellow Card
Jermaine Hylton is yellow carded for Solihull Moors
77:00 Sub On
Matty Stenson is substituted on for Solihull Moors
77:00 Sub Off
Adi Yussuf is substituted off for Solihull Moors
74:00 Goal 2 - 2
Goal for Sutton United
72:00 Yellow Card
Kyle Storer is yellow carded for Solihull Moors
49:00 Goal 1 - 2
Jamey Osborne scores for Solihull Moors
46:00 Sub Off
Jamie Reckord is substituted off for Solihull Moors
46:00 Sub On
George Carline is substituted on for Solihull Moors
End of period 1
40:00 Sub Off
Liam Daly is substituted off for Solihull Moors
40:00 Sub On
Harry Flowers is substituted on for Solihull Moors
35:00 Goal 1 - 1
Goal for Sutton United
33:00 Goal 0 - 1
Jamey Osborne scores for Solihull Moors
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • Sutton United
  • Solihull Moors
  • 0
  • Jamey Osborne Goal 33:00'
  • Goal 35:00'
  • Liam Daly Sub Off 40:00'
  • Harry Flowers Sub On 40:00'
  • Jamie Reckord Sub Off 46:00'
  • George Carline Sub On 46:00'
  • Jamey Osborne Goal 49:00'
  • Kyle Storer Yellow Card 72:00'
  • Goal 74:00'
  • Adi Yussuf Sub Off 77:00'
  • Matty Stenson Sub On 77:00'
  • Jermaine Hylton Yellow Card 90:00 +3:00'

Team selection

Boot, Ryan Boot, Ryan
O'Keeffe, Corey O'Keeffe, Corey
Reckord, Jamie Reckord, Jamie
Yussuf, Adi Yussuf, Adi
Gudger, Alex Gudger, Alex
Daly, Liam Daly, Liam
Osborne, Jamey Osborne, Jamey
Storer, Kyle Storer, Kyle
Hylton, Jermaine Hylton, Jermaine
Carter, Darren Carter, Darren
Wright, Danny Wright, Danny
Solihull Moors

League round up


# Team Pl Pts
1. Leyton Orient 46 89
2. Solihull Moors 46 86
3. Salford City 46 85
4. Wrexham 46 84
5. AFC Fylde 46 81
6. Harrogate Town 46 74
7. Eastleigh 46 74

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