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Moors Earn First Win
( 17 Votes )
Sunday, 17 August 2014 10:36

jdjeSolihull invariably do well when they visit Stalybridge Celtic and by their own standards Moors start to the season has been a little disappointing. So hopes were high on Saturday that this would be the match to kick start the season, but what nobody has anticipated was the closure of the M6 and a tortuous journey which saw the team arrive just 45 minutes before kick off, and for some of the supporters not until midway through the first half.

dkgaffaCeltic quickly took the game to their weary travellers as Moors consolidated after their horrendous journey. McKenna, Ennis and Dickinson all tested keeper Tony Breeden early on and it was 15 minutes before Solihull’s first serious foray into the Stalybridge half when Owen Story was brought down after a terrific through pass from Jordan Gough. Reece Fleet’s shot on 20 minutes was blocked before Ennis broke through Moors defence but shot wide. Fleet could have finished better after a defence splitting pass from Darryl Knights, but Moors were thwarted on 28 minutes when a Knights corner was met by the head of Liam Daly but the ball struck the bottom of the upright, whilst Junior English was adjudged off-side as he steamed in for the rebound. On the half hour mark, Breeden parried an opportunist shot by Ennis.

Celtic held their breath on 33 minutes as a revitalised Omar Bogle drove down the right flank and although there were no Moors players in the box for the cross, Regan almost put the ball in his own net as he tried to clear from the six yard line. The hosts still looked dangerous when Dickinson got on the end of an Ennis pass but Moors cleared off the line, and as the half ebbed away Solihull broke the deadlock; Bogle outpaced Regan before being shirt pulled, and from the resulting free kick Daly headed back at the far post for Michael Nottingham to fire home from eighteen yards through a crowded box.

 

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Moors were dominant from the restart with Owen Story causing endless problems. On 62 minutes English took a Knights pass, swivelled and shot, blocked only by a desperate lunge from Bleau. From the ensuing corner Bogle was on hand to drill home Moors second goal from 12 yards after good work from Daly and Elvins. Solihull effectively then wrapped up the match on 71 minutes when Bogle was brought down by Regan in the box and the big striker calmly sent King the wrong way. He might well have secured a hat trick with 10 minutes remaining when his shot beat King but inched over the cross bar.

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Substitute Lomax brought out a great save from Breeden as full time approached but Moors saw out their first victory of the season without further pressure. On Saturday Solihull are at home to Oxford City, kick off 3.00 pm at the Autotech Stadium.

 

Many thanks to Mike Smith for use of his photographs www.sixtamesides.co.uk


Full Time: Stalybridge Celtic 0 - 3 Solihull Moors (Half Time 0-1)

Goals: Michael Nottingham (44), Omar Bogle (63 & 71pen)

Solihull Moors: Tony Breeden, Michael Nottingham, Jordan Gough, Jay Denny, Liam Daly, Rob Elvins, Reece Fleet (Michael Taundry 81), Junior English (Aaron Brown 81), Omar Bogle, Darryl Knights, Owen Story (Jean Michel Gueyes 85). Subs not used: Dominic Langdon, Darren Byfield.

 


 
East Coast Trip Ends In Defeat
( 8 Votes )
Wednesday, 13 August 2014 08:03

gaffa1Lowestoft Town were promoted to the Conference North last season having come fourth in the Isthmian League but having won the play-off competition. In their four years in the Ryman Premier they had been in the play-offs every time but only last season with a 3–0 win over Hornchurch did they finally elevate themselves to the Vanarama Conference North. It was a 360 mile return trip on Tuesday night for the Moors but spare a thought for their hosts whose nearest league opponent is Boston United 110 miles away.

Solihull opened brightly and Bogle went close with a header from Owen Story on 6 minutes. On 10 minutes a long ball from Liam Daly put Bogle through in a one to one with the keeper but he could only watch as his attempt on goal went agonisingly wide with Jones well off his line. A Richard Taundry free kick just eluded the incoming Daly, whilst on 20 minutes Jordan Gough shot straight at Jones. Aaron Brown was well placed on 22 minutes to head down a Story cross but it was well saved by the alert keeper.

Lowestoft from the outset were quickly into tackles, giving Solihull no time to settle on the ball, and although Moors enjoyed the balance of play, The Trawler Men were starting to hit them on the break and from one such move they opened the scoring on 23 minutes: Solihull were dispossessed on the right side of the box and although they cleared the cross, it fell to hot shot Chris Henderson on the edge of the 18 yard box who drilled in a low curling shot just inside the post. Moors did their best to hit back quickly but a move involving Bogle and Story ended when Brown headed over on 29 minutes whilst at the other end Eagle was just too high with an opportunist effort. As Solihull counter attacked Knights picked up the ball some 10 yards out, swivelled, but with the goal at his mercy blasted the ball well over.

With the game very much now end to end stuff Henderson ‘s free kick on 36 minutes hit the wall but four minutes later Tony Breeden produced a fine diving save as Louis shot to the left side of goal. Then with half time approaching, a Story cross cleared the Blues defence and as the ball came back in Knights headed from 5 yards out straight against the upright.

In the second half Moors, still inviting the breakaways, were straight at their hosts with a Knights corner met by the head of Daly but Jones was well positioned for the save. The irrepressible Owen Story continued to run at the defence and supply endless crosses into the box and it was his own 20 yard volley on 55 minutes that was just wide. However, the hill became a mountain to climb just after the hour mark when Henderson cleared the Moors back line and Eagle was on hand to feed the ball to the unmarked Louis who smashed in number two from six yards.

Michael Taylor and Darren Byfield were brought on with 20 minutes to go but although the fresh legs gave hope Moors finishing in the final third was poor, mitigated by good defending by a well marshalled Lowestoft defence and by man of the match keeper Ashlee Jones who kept the back four on their toes all through the match. Story had Solihull’s best effort on 70 minutes but there was nobody on hand for the tap in after Jones brilliant save.

A disappointing night for the Moors who were edged out by the home side and Marcus Bignot will be looking for an improvement up front when his team travel to Stalybridge Celtic this Saturday.

 

Full Time: Lowestoft Town 2-0 Solihull Moors (Half Time: 1-0)

Solihull Moors: Breedon, Nottingham, Gough, Taundry, Daly, Elvins, Brown (Taylor 70), English, Bogle, Knights (Byfield 70), Story. Subs not used; Rosser, Denny, Fleet

 


 
Under 18s Kick Off This Week
( 7 Votes )
Tuesday, 12 August 2014 08:18

Solihull Moors' Midland Floodlit Youth League Premier Division South campaign gets under-way this Thursday 14th August when they take on Stratford Town. The match will take place at the Under 18s and Reserve sides new "home" of Studley FC (The Beehive, Abbeyfields Drive, Studley, B80 7BE), and is a 7.45pm kick-off.

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Moors Hurt By Penalty Miss
( 15 Votes )
Saturday, 09 August 2014 17:56

colwynbay1This is the fourth season Solihull have played Colwyn bay in the Vanarama Conference North: Two wins, two defeats and two draws suggested that this opening game for the 2014/15 campaign would be another tight affair.

Moors Keeper Tony Breeden was immediately called into action in the first minute as Seagulls’s Rob Hopley was straight onto a short back pass and the resulting corner was cleared to safety. As Moors picked up their game, Darryl Knights 35 yard free kick found Rob Elvins in the box and his deft shot was agonisingly wide. On ten minutes Michael Nottingham’s cross to Junior English was headed over the bar. Another free kick on 25 minutes saw Knight’s curling shot very nearly open Solihull’s account but for a superb reaction save from Ollerenshaw who would be a thorn in their side all afternoon.

colwynbay3Owen Story was exploiting every available chance down the right flank and in the space of 60 seconds he saw English head over his cross whilst his own 18 yarder was just wide. It was the new signing again on 36 minutes finishing a good run with a cross that bobbled in the six yard box but nobody could finish the move. Bay had their best spell as the half ebbed away with Hopley heading wide and Obi Anoruo, having skipped passed two defenders shooting high.

Then with seconds left on the clock Omar Bogle drove through the Colwyn defence only to be floored in the box by Louis Moss. Bogle struck a weak low drive to the keeper’s right which Ollerenshaw saved easily to send the teams in level at the break.

Reece Fleet replaced Richard Taundry as the second half commenced but Bay’s manager Frank Sinclair had clearly motivated his men during the interval as they started to attack the Moors defence. Hopley might well have scored in the 46th minute but a smothering save from Breeden kept the status quo. Bogle went wide as Moors counter attacked and Daly, on the end of a 40 yard free kick from Fleet, was crowded out as he headed goal wards. It was the same outcome on 54 minutes as the big central defender rose to meet a Knights corner, but the tide was turning in the Seagull’s favour. Jake Parker fired in from 18 yards on the hour mark but the ball swerved just a the last moment to the right of the upright whilst on 67 minutes Hopley was one on one with Breeden but under pressure scooped his shot wide.

colwynbay2Manager, Frank Sinclair was sent off from the pitch on 70 minutes for foul and abusive language towards the officials. With Moors restricted to breaks Bogle was unlucky to see his curling left foot effort go inches wide with the keeper beaten on 71 minutes and Knights skied a clear chance on 73. Darren Byfield was on the Knights and Michael Taylor for Aaron Brown as Marcus Bignot looked for the magic to break the deadlock, but whilst the attacks were gathering, Moors were floundering in the final third and the whistle was met with some relief as Moors gained their first point of the season.

 

Full Time: Solihull Moors 0-0 Colywn Bay

Attendance: 369

Solihull Moors: Tony Breeden, Michael Nottingham, Jordan Gough, Richard Taundry (Reece Fleet 46), Liam Daly, Rob Elvins ©, Aaron Brown (Michael Taylor 80), Junior English, Omar Bogle, Darryl Knights (Darren Byfield 76), Owen Story. Subs not used: Keenah Rosser, Jay Denny.

Man of the Match (Sponsored by Cucina Kitchens): Tony Breeden

Many thanks to Jordan Martin for use of his photographs

 


 

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Moors Finish Pre-Season Unbeaten
( 6 Votes )
Saturday, 02 August 2014 18:00

michaeltaylorA 1-1 draw at the Valley Stadium was the final episode of the Moors pre-season friendly schedule with those players not playing at Alfreton on the Friday given the chance to impress Manager Marcus Bignot. With the reserve match at Stratford abandoned due to downpours, the weather at Redditch changed from sunshine to teeming rain and back to summer in the space of 90 minutes. Not ideal but a revitalised Redditch side gave Moors a good run for their money in an entertaining game.

For the opening 10 minutes Moors were on the back foot and in particular Jamie Molyneux was causing real problems down the left wing (and would continue to do so all afternoon). Moors had keeper Deale Chamberlain to thank on six minutes as he made a late charge from his goal to force an error as Molyneux was in for a one on one. It was the same again on 12 minutes, this time Chamberlain saving with his legs as the number 11 hit for home.

preseason2014resultsMoors first meaningful attack arrived on 13 minutes when Captain Lewis Hayden set up Michael Taylor but the shot hit the side netting. Five minutes later Alex Cooper was just wide with his bicycle kick from a cross by Taylor in the box. Redditch were unlucky to see Jordan Tunnicliffe scramble the ball away as it rolled towards the goal line, but could do nothing as Moors replied with a Michael Taylor goal following a defence splitting pass from Reece Fleet.

Ben George foiled yet another dangerous attack from Molyneux on 32 minutes whilst Chamberlain was in fine form to stop two potential goal strikes. Nevertheless as the half neared its conclusion Solihull enjoyed their best spell of the match with both Byfield and Fleet going close.

The second half heralded the onslaught of torrential rain as the hosts went in search of the equaliser which duly arrived on 65 minutes following a goal mouth scramble – it was no more than they deserved and the kept up the momentum with a succession of corners. Moors best chance came on 72 minutes when Hayden was brought down after a good run from mid field but the shot from Fleet’s resulting free kick was deflected for a corner. Byfield was foiled with a one on one with 15 minutes to go and despite a late double substitution, Solihull were grateful to settle for a hard fought draw.

 

Half Time: 1-0, Full Time: 1-1

Goal: Michael Taylor

Solihull Moors: Deale Chamberlain, Ben Gordon, Keenah Rosser, Reece Fleet, Jordan Tunnicliffe, Alex Mitchell (Francis Bunce), Lewis Hayden (Stefan Blake), Alex Cooper, Michael Taylor (Kaine French), Darren Byfield, Michelle Gueyes.

 

 


 
Moors Stun Premier Side Alfreton
( 11 Votes )
Saturday, 02 August 2014 07:22

Alfreton won the Conference North three seasons ago since when they have steadily cemented their position in non league’s Premier division and last season they were contenders for a play off position. So this was always going to be the toughest of Solihull’s warm up matches, but what a time for all Marcus Bignot’s strategies to come together!

 

robelvinsAlfreton opened brightly with Lee Stevenson firing into the side netting from an acute angle but on 12 minutes Moors opened their account; Omar Bogle picked up a through ball from Michael Nottingham but shot against the foot of the post, Junior English was on hand with a follow up but his effort was blocked by keeper Stewart, but as Smith tried to clear the danger there was Bogle to force the ball over the line. With Gough and Nottingham causing problems down both flanks as they interlinked with midfield, and Darryl Knights controlling the middle of the park Moors started to dominate and it was no surprise on 24 minutes that they doubled their tally through Aaron Brown who gave Stewart no chance with an unstoppable header as he ghosted in between two defenders. Solihull might have added to the score when Daly met a Knights free kick but Bogle’s shot was blocked and again on the half hour mark when good play between the two big men put Knights through but the ball ricochet over the bar.

 

It was more of the same as the second period got going with Bogle shooting just wide immediately after the restart. There was, however, more determination from the hosts with Bradley and Wood going close and Stevenson’s 48th minute effort producing a fine stop by Tony Breeden. However on 63 minutes a Knights corner was side footed home by Rob Elvins from six yards. On 66 minutes Knights effort was parried by the keeper into the ground and off the cross bar, but from the resulting corner Liam Daly rose majestically to head goal number four into the corner of the net. With the Reds now restricted to long ball tactics they did achieve a consolation goal with four minutes of the match remaining as McFadzean reacted well to a Rowe-Turner cross and slotted home from 12 yards.

 

Half Time: 2-0 - Full Time: 4-1

Goals: Omar Bogle, Aaron Brown, Rob Elvins, Liam Daly

Solihull Moors: Tony Breeden, Michael Nottingham, Jordan Gough, Richard Taundry (Jay Denny), Liam Daly, Rob Elvins (c), Aaron Brown, Junior English, Omar Bogle, Darryl Knights, Owen Story. Subs not used: Darren Acton, Darren Byfield, Michael Taylor, Michelle Gueyes.

 


 
Award For Youth & Junior Setup
( 11 Votes )
Thursday, 31 July 2014 14:49

BCFAOver 150 Grassroots Football Coaches, Referees and Volunteers were at St. Georges Park, the home of English Football on Monday for the Birmingham County FA Grassroots Awards. These awards give Birmingham County FA the opportunity to celebrate another great year for Grassroots Football across the County and to say thank you to the thousands of volunteers who make it what it is.

 

Attended by high profile guests such as Kelly Simmons, Director of National Game and Women’s Football and Les Howie, Head of Grassroots Coaching at the FA, the ceremony was a combination of the FA Community Awards, presented by McDonalds and some additional Birmingham County FA awards.

 

The winners of this years award for Charter Standard Development Club of the Year went to Solihull Moors recognising the fantastic achievement of achieving Charter Standard Development status in August 2013, only 9 months after they initially became a Charter Standard Club, testament to the hard work from Tim Delaney​ (Football Secretary and former Head Of Youth Development)​, Claire Graham​ (Youth Development Secretary)​, Paul Mason​ (Youth Development Officer)​ and the rest of the Youth Development team involved at the club.

 

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"This Award is a credit to all the many good hard working people devoted to the success of Solihull Moors Youth and Junior and indeed the whole club." Chairman Trevor Stevens


The club initially started out in the 2012/13 season with just 2 teams and now currently supports over 30 teams, both boys and girls from Under 9’s upwards.

 

Download the BCFA Video Presentation (13MB, external link)

 

"Well done to everyone involved you should be very proud of the contribution you have made to the Club and to be recognised for this is well and truly deserved. I'm very proud of where this Club stands within Football and the Community." Manager Marcus Bignot

 



 
New League Title Sponsors Announced
( 2 Votes )
Thursday, 31 July 2014 13:44

imageVanarama, the market disrupting van leasing business is the new title sponsor of the Football Conference. The partnership was launched today in the presence of member clubs and will see the commercial vehicle specialists take the naming rights for all 1,476 games a season across the three divisions in 2014/15. To mark the launch of the partnership, Vanarama will bring back the competitions traditional name after a 7 year absence. From the start of the new season the league shall be known as the Vanarama Conference, Vanarama Conference North and Vanarama Conference South. The deal is a statement of intent for Vanarama joining Barclays Bank plc and Sky Bet as one of only three title partners of the top tier of English football. Vanarama will use the Vanarama Conference platform to further build rapid UK wide awareness and understanding of the Vanarama business via the League’s established national; regional and social media platforms.

 

Vanarama.co.uk is part of the Autorama Group of companies. Vanarama are specialists in van, pickup truck and car leasing, where customers lease their vehicles instead of buying them. A company of football fans, Vanarama will support the sponsorship with a series of fan-based initiatives. The first of these initiatives is for each club’s community scheme to earn from every car or van leased from Vanarama, or one of its sister companies through a special Club offer. The partnership was negotiated by sports marketing agency SportQuake who will also assist in managing and delivering the national sponsorship campaign. SportQuake specialise in helping consumer brands and rights owners to deliver commercial and cultural value through sport. This year SportQuake has already completed over 100 football partnership deals including major transactions with all 20 English Premier League clubs. The first game in the new Vanarama Conference will take place on Saturday 9th August 2014 seeing Bristol Rovers FC host Grimsby Town FC at 12.45pm live on BT Sport.

 

image2Andy Alderson, Vanarama.co.uk’s Managing Director, said: “With the Construction sector predicted to play a major role in the growth of the UK economy over the next few years Britain’s van drivers, our customers, will be at their busiest since the peak of 2007. Our research shows a clear fit between our customers and football fans UK wide and as soon as I became aware of this unique opportunity to become such an important part of the national game I just had to get involved.”


Brian Lee, Chairman of the Football Conference said: "I am sure I speak for the whole of the Football Conference family, in welcoming such a competitive and innovative brand as Vanarama, to become our new Title Sponsor. We all look forward to working with Andy and his first class committed team to establish a partnership going forward which will be of major benefit to both over the next few years. Branding is a key element in this sponsorship for Vanarama, who will now be able to link their rapidly growing name, allied to our national sport through our position in it, backed with vibrant media coverage".

 

 


 
Moors Swiftly Dispatch Bolehall
( 1 Vote )
Wednesday, 30 July 2014 00:00

In Tuesday's friendly against Bolehall Swifts, Michael Taylor scored an early goal for the second game running. This time it took just three minutes to find the net. It was a tremendous move involving four Moors players, eventually Gough fed Taylor who made no mistake. Right from the first whistle the difference between the sides was obvious, and with the early goal one feared for the home side. However, the Swifts never gave up and continued to play their football and make progress. There were numerous chances for the visitors, although it took until the half-hour mark for the second gaol to arrive. One of many crosses being headed home by the impressive Lewis Hayden. Two minutes before the break Jordan Gough hit the net after Darren Byfield had been crowded out to send the Moors in 3-0 at the break.

Swifts began the second-half with renewed vigor, yet seven minutes into the second period Taylor shot from an acute angle, the ball was cleared but hit a defender before sailing into the net. The scoring was completed with ten minutes to go, the skilful and hard-working Michelle Gueyes racing on to an excellent pass from Darren Byfield for number five. Moors could have had more goals in the second period but failed to hit the target on numerous occasions.

Half Time: 3-0 - Full Time: 5-0

Goals: Michael Taylor, Lewis Hayden, Jordan Gough, Own Goal, Michelle Gueyes

Solihull Moors: Darren Acton (Oliver Parkes), Michael Nottingham, Jordan Gough, Richard Taundry, Torin Coleing (Sam Delaney), Rob Elvins (c), Lewis Hayden (Nick Cleary), Alex Cooper, Michael Taylor, Darren Byfield, Michelle Gueyes.

 


 
Moors In Olympic Win
( 24 Votes )
Saturday, 26 July 2014 19:12

rushall1The last time Moors played Rushall was back in January 2102 when they won away by a solitary late goal in the Birmingham Senior Cup on a pitch so cold that hardly anyone thought the match would start, let alone finish, as evening temperatures plummeted. This time the weather could not have been more different with breaks needed in both halves for the players to take on water.

Moors started much the brighter of the two teams with keeper Gemmell keeping his side in the game with a series of smart saves. The first denied a well-hit volley from Junior English, and moments later cutting out a dangerous cross from Owen Story. Moors were hit on the break when Ntamark, just signed on a years loan from Hednesford, found Marshall clear in the box but the centre forward stumbled as he looked to shoot. The Pics best chance came from Ntamark minutes later but Tony Breeden was equal to the shot and it was again the Solihull keeper on 33 minutes reacting well to deny a Winwood cross.

Solihull came straight back but Liam Daly's header was foiled by the impressive Gemmell, and it was the shot stopper again on 34 minutes producing a terrific double save from Darryl Knights and then Omar Bogle. Moors persistence finally paid off with the break through five minutes before the interval when Daly met a pin-point corner from Knights, giving the keeper no chance at the far post. It could have been two goals seconds later but once again the home side had their keeper to thank as he parried a powerful strike from Bogle

rushall2With Manager Marcus Bignot making just the one chance during the interval (Braithwaite for Rosser) Rushall substituted four players including Gemmell who made way for new signing from Walsall Liam Roberts but he could only watch helplessly as in the 46th minute a Knights volley rattled the under side of the bar and bounced away to safety. However the home side were now in the thick of things and Breeden did well to reach a low shot from Mugisha with 5 minutes gone. Craner went close whilst Mugisha tested Breeden again.

Moors soaked up the pressure and with 14 minutes left on the clock, Bogle beat the offside trap to shoot low past Roberts into the net. It was the big centre forward again with the chance for his second of the afternoon blocked by Smith. The final opportunity for the Pics fell to Craner who fired wide.

Many thanks to Steve Walker for allowing to publish his match photographs.

Solihull Moors: Breeden, George, Rosser (Braithwaite 46), Denny (Taundry 72) Daly, Elvins (c), Fleet (Brown 72), English (Gueyes 53), Bogle, Knights (Byfield 78), Story.

 


 
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