FA Trophy 3rd Qualifying Round Draw
Solihull Moors vs Redditch United
Saturday 29th November 2014
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Solihull Moors 2 - 0 Gainsborough Trinity
Vanarama Conference North - 22nd November 2014
The deluge of rain early Saturday morning had no adverse affect on the wonderful playing surface at the Autotech Stadium and with the added bonus of some low November sun, this was a perfect afternoon for the Mighty Moors to again face their old adversary Gainsborough Trinity, one of the oldest non league football clubs with a history dating back to 1873. The two sides have met 14 times, drawing on three occasions and with Trinity edging ahead with 6 wins to Solihull’s 5 -The perfect time for Moors to make up for the mid week disappointment at Guiseley and restore parity.
Gainsborough had a good opening 10 minutes and a chance to take the lead almost from the kick off when Darren Stamp, signed during the week from Guiseley, should have tested Tony Breeden but allowed the ball to run wide and Moors to clear. Quinn shoved Bogle down from behind signalling that the visitors were more than aware of his potential threat but Solihull weathered the storm and were quickly into gear. Bogle was enjoying his return to the team after England duties and lashed the ball goal wards on 12 minutes from a Ryan Beswick knock down and then tested Budtz from 12 yards. Junior English’s lob took a deflection for a corner as Moors piled on the pressure with Knights, Byfield and Beswick linking well.
On 26 minutes Jordan Gough nut megged his defender passed to Knights to deceptively flick the ball to Beswick who crossed to the waiting English to side foot home for Solihull’s opening goal. Trinity did their best to get back but were being caught in the off side trap whilst at the other end Bogle saw his goal bound 18 yard effort cruelly deflected and again as half time approached the big striker launched a shot from 35 yards out which was just wide of the upright. Trinity’s free kick around the Solihull wall found Breeden perfectly placed whilst Bogle had the final say before the interval, this time skimming the wrong side of the left hand post.
Batson headed over for Gainsborough after the restart but effectively Moors put the match to bed on 58 minutes when Rob Elvins intercepted a wayward clearance and produced an inch perfect pass to Knights on the left flank who ran at the retreating defence before unleashing a thunderbolt into the net.
The visitors rallied and a good run down the left flank and hard cross from Davie eluded everyone including his forwards, whilst on the hour mark Forrest’s shot was well taken by Breeden. Bogle brought out another fine save from Budtz on 70 minutes and the shot stopper was there again to deny Michael Nottingham from 30 yards but although the parry fell to Bogle he was adjudged off side. Trinity wasted a header in front of goal as the match went into added time whilst a speculative effort from Bateson was cleared by English.
Solihull Moors: Tony Breeden, Michael Nottingham, Jordan Gough, Jay Denny, Liam Daly, Rob Elvins (c), Darren Byfield, Junior English, Omar Bogle, Ryan Beswick, Darryl Knights. Subs not used: Owen Story, Deale Chamberlain, Reece Fleet, Richard Taundry, Dominic Langdon.
Bogle Scores For England C
Solihull Moors’ Omar Bogle made his debut for the England C team on Tuesday night as the hosts took on Estonia’s Under 23 side at the Shay Stadium in Halifax. England got off to the perfect start in their final International Challenge Trophy Group A fixture when Bogle opened the scoring after Andy Yiadom crossed from the right and Moors' big striker was there to loop the ball over the head of Igonen in the Estonia goal.
England piled on the pressure as they sought to extend the lead with Bogle, Beautyman and Frear linking perfectly and it was from one such foray that Bogle nodded down for Beautyman to notch number two. Bogle was substituted mid-way through the second half but not before seeing his shot blocked off the line; he left the pitch to a tumultuous reception from the crowd.
England ran out 4-2 winners but now Omar must focus on Moors' game this Saturday when Gainsborough Trinity visit the Autotech Stadium, kick off 3.00 pm as Solihull seek to return to winning ways.
Guiseley 3 - 0 Solihull Moors
Vanarama Conference North - Tuesday 18th November
This is Guiseley’s fifth season in the Conference North and they have made the play offs in every year so far. They are already well placed to continue this success sitting at the start of play one place ahead of Moors in the league and with their having won 6 of the previous 8 encounters, a mid week game back in Yorkshire after Saturday’s visit to Bradford was not quite what Solihull would have wished for.
Moors opened strongly and Ryan Beswick’s shot in the first minute looked destined for the top left hand corner but the heroics of Drench between the sticks thwarted the early strike. Even from the ensuing corner Daly saw the ball scrambled off the line and away to safety. Tony Breeden saved well from a stinging Brooksby shot on six minutes whilst Michael Nottingham went close as Solihull pushed forward. Darryl Knights was unlucky with his effort on 18 minutes whilst at the other end of the park Johnson was foiled when Daly blocked his shot.
Darren Byfield, leading the attack in Omar Bogle's absence on International duty, found Knights at the half way stage of the half but Drench produced another fine save and Daly was thwarted by the shot stopper from a Beswick corner on the half hour mark. Knights turned provider when a pin point cross found Byfield but again the keeper was proving to be unbeatable.
Guiseley were weathering the storm and were breaking out of defence in exemplary fashion with five front men running at Moors back line and it was from such a move that they broke the deadlock with three minutes of the half remaining; Toulson cleared the ball from deep in his own half across the pitch, the next touch saw it in the box and Breeden could only parry it into the path of Brooksby who hammered home.
Solihull made a good start to the second half with Drench winning a one on one with Byfield but Moors were still susceptible to the fast breaks and on 7 minutes Brooksby could have doubled his tally but shot wide with only Breeden to beat. Moors best chance fell to Beswick as Byfield cut the ball back across the box but a terrific low shot towards the right hand corner was again miraculously saved by the keeper
Disaster struck just after the hour mark; on 63 minutes Johnson side stepped Daly before steering the ball into the left hand corner of the net and three minutes later Breeden miscued a clearance which fell to Brooksby near the 18 yard line who coolly stroked in home for number three.
Moors never let their heads drop but despite good inter linking football they were finding it hard to break down the Lion’s back four and when they did the impressive Drench was impossible to beat. A corner from Knights on 80 minutes was headed just wide by Elvins, a thirty five yarder from Fleet was no problem for the keeper, and a bullet from Gough headed just wide.
So the ten match run came to an end with Moors beaten on the night by a formidable attacking outfit and they must now ready themselves for Saturday’s league game at home to mid table Gainsborough Trinity Kick Off 3.00 pm @ the Autotech Stadium. They remain in the play off positions with everything to play for.
Full Time: Guiseley 3-0 Solihull Moors (Half Time: 1-0)
Solihull Moors: Tony Breeden, Michael Nottingham, Jordan Gough, Jay Denny (Reece Fleet), Liam Daly, Rob Elvins, Darren Byfield, Junior English, Owen Story (Aitor Espejo), Ryan Beswick (Richard Taundry), Darryl Knights. Subs not used: Darren Acton, Jo Ballinger.
Bradford Park Avenue 2 - 3 Solihull Moors
Saturday 15th November 2014 - Vanarama Conference North
Omar Bogle celebrated his England C call up with another two goals as a gritty, disciplined performance by Moors saw them do the double this season over a spirited Bradford side. After coming back from a first minute goal by the hosts, the only doubt about the result was whether the referee would abandon the match due to the blanket of freezing fog which descended over the ground early in the first half but to the relief to everyone from Solihull, Mr Oldham kept the game going for the full ninety minutes.
Moors were shocked to find themselves a goal down with just one minute played, Bradford captain Hotte took a long ball from defence which he back-heeled to the incoming Chilaka and the ex Harrogate man had the easiest of jobs to prod it past Tony Breeden from ten yards. From then on it was a question of when, not if, Moors would reply. Beswick’s stinging free-kick on 3 minutes produced a good save from keeper Danby, Bogle’s thirty yarder caused no problem, and Beswick again was just wide from the edge of the box. On 17 minutes Beswick found himself on a one on one with Danby near the 18 yard line but the keeper bravely stood his ground to avert any danger.
As Solihull poured forward Darryl Knights shot over, but the break back came on 26 minutes when Liam Daly nodded in a perfect in-swinging corner from Beswick. Despite the increasingly difficult foggy conditions Solihull kept up the pressure and eight minutes later from another Beswick corner, Bogle was well placed to head in number two. A rare break from Avenue was foiled by Breeden well off his line as half time approached but then in two minutes of added time Darren Byfield was brought down by Clayton in the penalty area and Bogle stepped up to send Danby the wrong way and Moors in at half time 3-1 to the good.
Owen Story was on for Byfield from the restart and almost immediately shot just wide with the goal at his mercy, and on fifty seven minutes saw his header just clear the bar. Knight's low drive from the edge of the box brought out another fine save from Danby, and Bogle just missed out on his hat trick when his shot hit the woodwork. Bradford had all three substitutes on as the hour mark arrived and for the first time in the game began to penetrate the Solihull defence. Breeden was called upon as last man on the right hand flank, whilst a thunderbolt from Frost was blocked - point blank - by captain Rob Elvins. However there was little Moors could do on 77 minutes when Clayton hammered home from outside the box and the ball squirmed past Breeden.
With the game now end-to-end Story again tested the keeper with a fine shot but when Frost shot from six yards out with a minute left of normal time, Breeden was perfectly positioned to prevent the goal and send his team home with all three points. Moors are back in action in Yorkshire on Tuesday night when they face the team above them in the league, Guiseley, for a real six pointer and next Saturday host Gainsborough Trinity in the league at the Autotech Stadium, kick off 3.00 pm.
Full Time: Bradford Park Avenue 2 - 3 Solihull Moors (Half Time: 1-2)
Goals: Laim Daly (26mins), Omar Bogle (33 & 45pen)
Solihull Moors: Tony Breeden, Michael Nottingham, Jordan Gough, Jay Denny, Liam Daly, Rob Elvins (c), Darren Byfield (Owen Story 46), Junior English, Omar Bogle, Ryan Beswick, Darryl Knights, Subs not used: Darren Acton, Reece Fleet, Richard Taundry, Dominic Langdon.
New Date: Worcester City vs Solihull Moors - Tuesday 16th December - 7.45pm
Moors Striker Makes Final England 'C' Squad
Omar Bogle, Solihull Moors prolific striker has been chosen as one of the England C squad (the non league National team) to face Estonia Under 23’s next Tuesday evening in the International Trophy Group A match. The game will be played at The Shay Stadium, home of Conference Premier Halifax Town.
The 6 foot 2 inch twenty two year old signed for Moors for the start of the 2012/13 season and has been the clubs leading goal scorer every year, with his total tally to date a staggering 51 goals. He started at the Birmingham City Academy appearing for their Reserves when only just 16 years old. He moved to Glasgow Celtic in January 2012 where he featured in their Under 19s team but returned south within a few months to pursue regularly first team action.
Next Saturday Omar will lead the Solihull attack when they play away at Bradford Park Avenue, but will then be collected by the FA and whisked away to a Leeds hotel where he will meet his new team mates in readiness for Tuesday’s clash, against a side reputed to contain five full Internationals from Estonia’s senior squad.
A typically modest Omar described his England selection as “the dream of a life time” and puts his good form down to Manager Marcus Bignot and the Solihull squad who he says are the best team he has ever played for.
Marcus Bignot added; “On behalf of everyone involved at Solihull Moors Football Club, I’d like to congratulate Omar on his call up for the England C Team. It’s a fantastic achievement for Omar to be a part of the final 16-man squad, and it’s a testament to his hard work and commitment over the last couple of years. It’s no surprise to any of us at the club, that our young center forward is being recognised as one of the best players in non-league football. He has been an instrumental influence to our current success. Omar has a very successful future ahead of him; representing England will be a very proud occasion for him, his family and everyone that works with him at Solihull Moors FC".
The initiative which the Football Conference introduced six years ago to address the level of crown debt amongst its 68 member clubs recently achieved its ultimate goal when the latest quarter end reports showed zero arrears throughout the entire competition.
Commenting on the success, Financial Planning Committee Chairman, Graham Wood, said, "it has been very rewarding to see HMRC indebtedness in our member clubs fall from a collective high approaching £2,000,000 to a position where all of our clubs are reporting nil arrears. Having reached this point, we are naturally looking to clubs to remain compliant, which of course should be a simpler task than the one just completed".
Chairman of the Football Conference Brian Lee added, "The strength and resolve of the Board over the past six seasons to drive down debt, has unfortunately taken its toll with a number of high profile club casualties. This was a consequence the Board knew could be a distinct possibility in pursuing such an initiative. However, it was a long term objective and clubs were duly warned they may face a severe sanction if they failed to meet their financial obligations".
"As a competition we can no longer leave to chance the long term survival of clubs on short term gambles. It is not fair on supporters of these clubs to see winding up petition after winding up petition brought by HMRC. There is a strong wind blowing throughout the game in support of this welcomed change of direction, so we should all join to applaud each and every club who work so hard to live within their means and rightly budget to only play at the level they can truly afford".
Solihull Moors 3 - 0 Hyde
Vanarama Conference North - Saturday 1st November 2014
On the day that Marcus Bignot received the Vanarama manager of the Month award Solihull Moors played bottom of the league Hyde last Saturday. Hyde had taken just seven points from their 15 games this season which sees them anchored firmly at the bottom of the table. They were relegated from the Conference Premier last season having accumulated only 10 points, a league record. The Moors have taken 20 points from a possible 24 in their last eight games which sees them in the play off positions but on their day any team in this league is capable of springing a surprise. Especially in view of his pre match award, Bignot was all too well aware that this was a potential banana skin.
Darren Byfield was first into the action for Moors but his shot from a Beswick pass was wide of the upright. Then on eight minutes after a defence splitting move, Jordan Gough crossed from the by-line for Ryan Beswick to unleash a thunderbolt volley in off the cross bar to open Solihull’s account. Michael Nottingham cleared the cross bar on 14 minutes whilst at the other end Liam Daly did enough to thwart a dual attack from Bentham and Conchie to give Breeden a comfortable take. It was Daly again going wide from a Darryl Knights cross whilst keeper Thewlis produced a fine save to deny Byfield on 19 minutes.
On the half hour mark the dangerous Bentham closed in on a high ball over Moors defence but Tony Breeden was out of this box in a flash to head away to safety. Solihull could well have extended their lead as half time approached when dead ball specialist Beswick curled in a free kick from just outside the 18 yard box which clipped the cross bar but away for a goal kick. Omar Bogle was foiled by a good save as he hit for home just before the whistle.
It was Moors looking dangerous again after the restart when Knights cut the ball back for Bogle to shoot straight at the keeper but had Breeden to thank on the hour mark with a fine save from Bentham. Within seconds Solihull doubled their advantage after good play between Beswick and Byfield. Beswick curled the ball into the six yard box as Bogle stormed in but although he did not make contact his presence was enough as the ball went straight into the left hand corner for goal number two.
On 76 minutes Moors were awarded a free kick just outside the box and Knights completely out thought Thewlis as his right footed shot hit the back of the net with the keeper rooted to the spot. With Manager Bignot making good use of the substitutions Solihull defied a late surge from Hyde with Daly clearing off the line on 85 minutes and Breeden producing two point blank saves as the clock ticked away.
The victory cements Moors third place in the league but with no game next week, they must now ready themselves for an away fixture with Bradford Park Avenue on the 15th November with another match in Yorkshire on the following Tuesday at the always dangerous Guiseley. The next home appearance will be against Gainsborough Trinity on Saturday 22nd November.
Full Time: Solihull Moors 3 - 0 Hyde (Half Time: 1-0)
Goals: Ryan Beswick (8 & 61), Darryl Knights (75)
Solihull Moors: Tony Breeden, Michael Nottingham, Jordan Gough, Jay Denny (Richard Taundry 64), Liam Daly, Rob Elvins, Darren Byfield (Owen Story 79), Junior English (Reece Fleet 87), Omar Bogle, Ryan Beswick, Darryl Knights. Subs not used: Deale Chamberlain, Dominic Langdon.
Manager Of The Month - Vanarama Conference North - October 2014
Marcus Bignot of Solihull Moors
Vanarama are delighted to announce that the winner of the Vanarama Conference North manager of the month award for October is Marcus Bignot of Solihull Moors. The Moors have had a great month scoring 14 goals and taking 13 points from their five league games this month. As a result the Moors now sit in third place in the Vanarama Conference North.
On the announcement of the award Marcus said, “I feel privileged to receive the Vanarama Conference North Manager of the Month award for October. The partnership between the Football Conference and Vanarama has really raised the profile of non-league football. Everyone is working in harmony, from the Board of Directors, all club staff and most of all this squad of players. I believe we have established Solihull Moors as a ‘top ten’ club in this league, and for me it is gratifying that people talk about us as play-off contenders. Only time will tell, but this generous award suggests we are going in the right direction.”
The official award panel had this to say, “Marcus was the stand out candidate with Solihull Moors racking up a massive haul of points from their games, including two away wins at Oxford City and Boston United and a memorable home victory against high flying Chorley.”
Congratulations Marcus, from all of us at Solihull Moors!!!