gaffamomoctober14Manager 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!!!



1_darryl_knights_2Gloucester City 1 - 1 Solihull Moors

Tuesday 28th October 2014 - Vanarama Conference North


In a re-arranged match on Tuesday evening Solihull Moors rose to third in a tightly packed Conference North top half but spurned too many chances in a 1-1 draw with Gloucester City, when a win would have given them some breathing space in the league before Saturdays home match with bottom club Hyde.

Parker went close for the hosts in the second minute as he blasted just over the bar whilst Moors did likewise with Liam Daly heading over a corner. Tony Breeden’s miscued goal kick went straight to Parker who was perilously close with his response. It was 10 minutes before Moors started to apply real pressure with Rob Elvins failing to properly connect with a Ryan Beswick corner and Parker saving well from Omar Bogle.

Darryl Knights (pictured right) linking well with Beswick was causing problems on the left flank and he broke the deadlock on 19 minutes when he collected the ball on the edge of the 18 yard box, drifted passed his marker and curled the ball into the right hand corner of the net. Bogle’s effort on 21 minutes lacked any power before Beswick headed wide with the goal at his mercy. On 25 minutes Bogle tried a speculative effort from 35 yards but with the keeper beaten he could only watch as the ball bounced wide.

1_darren_byfield_2Despite dominating play Moors were caught on the break when a through ball from Jones split their defence and Mann fired a bullet passed Breeden to equalise on 36 minutes. Modest brought out a great save from Breeden as play resumed but when as the half time whistle approached Byfield was hacked down by keeper Parker, it was assumed Bogle would add to his overall tally from the penalty spot – he blasted over and Moors were hanging on as the referee blew for the interval.

Moors were rampant as the second half got underway, but Bogle’s early free kick was easily covered by Parker whilst Elvins was denied by Avery as he rose to meet Knights free kick. Michael Nottingham almost put his team back in front on 49 minutes but his knock down was cleared off the line. Beswick was close seconds later whilst Knights cross evaded all the Moors attack is it cleared the box. Bogle had the ball in the net on 56 minutes but was ruled offside.

1_jay_denny_2The Tigers sensed that could well be something on as they came more and more into the game; Groves blasted over with an open goal before Moors broke and Beswick chipped the keeper only to see the ball rebound off the cross bar. Mann then missed at Breeden’s far post in a one on one but the pressure was on for Solihull as the game ebbed to its conclusion.

Solihull were left to rue so many missed chances but Gloucester were far better than their lowly league position suggests and deserved their share of the points. Nevertheless, Moors preserved their eight game un beaten league run and must now focus on Saturday’s game at home to Hyde, Kick Off 3.00pm

Full Time: Gloucester City 1 - 1 Solihull Moors (Half Time: 1-1)

Goal: Darryl Knights (18mins)

Solihull Moors: Tony Breeden, Michael Nottingham, Jordan Gough, Jay Denny, Liam Daly, Rob Elvins (c), Darren Byfield, Junior English (Reece Fleet), Omar Bogle (Owen Story), Ryan Beswick, Darryl Knights. Subs not used: Deale Chamberlain, Richard Taundry, Dominic Langdon.



Due to Worcester City progressing to the 1st Round of the FA Cup, the league match at Aggborough between City and the Moors scheduled for Saturday 8th November, will now take place at a later date.



p7Boston United 1 - 2 Solihull Moors

Saturday 25th October 2014 - Vanarama Conference North


When the teams placed seventh and eighth in the league do battle you can be sure that no quarter will be spared and this match lived up to all expectations with fast flowing end to end football. The clubs have met 10 times in recent years with the points tally Moors 16, Boston 14. The trip to Boston is always a daunting one with a 2.30 minute journey on a good day down the winding lanes of Lincolnshire but for the intrepid 17 away supporters every mile would prove to be worth the effort.

p10Solihull survived an early scare when Southwell’s shot was blocked, but soon hit back with Junior English wide from 20 yards and Ryan Beswick close from a Michael Nottingham cross. It was Beswick again on seven minutes whose shot from the edge of the box was clawed away from the top left hand corner by keeper Vince. Jay Denny set up Omar Bogle but his effort was off target.

Bogle's shot was blocked by Tempest but the big striker made no mistake on 27 minutes as he dribbled passed two defenders , spun around Piergianni and drilled in a low shot for Moors opener. Boston did their best to get the quick equaliser but the Solihull back four was resolute keeping the pressure away from Tony Breeden. Cruelly Boston’s goal came with four minutes of the half remaining when Mills struck from 20 yards and although Breeden was well placed to avert the danger the ball took a wicked deflection giving the shot stopper no chance. Boston had a chance to go ahead just before the whistle but Steer ‘s lob was well wide of the post.

p6Captain Rob Elvins produced a tremendous header under pressure in a tight box with 5 minutes of the second half played but Moors were soon back in attack mode with a run down the left flank by Jordan Gough who was body checked as he prepared to cross the ball into the box; Darryl Knights executed the free kick to Darren Byfield whose header hit the upright in the 58th minute. Elvins header from a corner was oh so close and Byfield failed to convert another excellent Knight’s cross.

Boston were playing their part in this pulsating encounter with both teams hitting hard on the break; Steer’s thunderbolt on 73 minutes was just wide of the post, whilst Solihull immediately retaliated with Denny opening up the Pilgrims defence to Knights whose cross skimmed off the head of the incoming Bogle. Beswick just cleared the bar on 78 minutes but Moors sealed their victory within seconds as the keeper spilled a curling free kick from Gough and Elvins smashed the loose ball into the back of the net. Bogle almost made it three as he out jumped the defence but was wide. As the game ebbed away a late rally from the hosts saw Breeden first clear real danger as he bravely punched out from a packed 18 yard box and as the ball was crossed back produced an outstanding take as the Boston front men crowded him.

p12With four minutes added time Solihull used the length and breadth of the pitch with one touch football to deny their hosts more chances and fully merited this hard but vital win. It elevates the Mighty Moors the fifth position in the league – their first time in the play off places this season. On Tuesday night they travel to Gloucester City whilst next Saturday are at home to Hyde at the Autotech Stadium Kick Off 3.00 pm


Many thanks to Craig Singleton and Boston United for the use of the match photos


Full Time: Boston United 1 -2 Solihull Moors (Half Time: 1-1)

Goals: Omar Bogle (27), Rob Elvins (75)

Solihull Moors: Tony Breeden, Michael Nottingham, Jordan Gough, Jay Denny, Liam Daly, Rob Elvins (c), Darren Byfield (Owen Story 89), Junior English, Omar Bogle, Ryan Beswick, Darryl Knights. Subs Not Used: Darren Acton, Reece Fleet, Richard Taundry, Keenah Rosser.



AFC Wulfrunians 2 - 1 Solihull Moors

Birmingham Senior Cup 1st Round - Tuesday 21st October 2014

A dissapointing night for the Moors saw them crash out of this season's Birmingham Senior Cup at the first round stage as they lost 2-1 at AFC Wulfrunians. Solihull were punished by their opponents for a poor first half display as they conceded twice in the final five minutes before the break. Whilst the Moors pulled one back early in the second half through Liam Daly, they were unable to break down their opponents further.


Full Time: AFC Wulfrunians 2 - 1 Solihull Moors (Half Time: 2-0)

Goal: Liam Daly

Solihull Moors: Tony Breeden, Dominic Langdon, Jo Ballinger, Jay Denny(c), Liam Daly, Keenah Rosser, Darren Byfield (Michael Nottingham HT), Richard Taundry, Owen Story, Aitor Espejo, Darryl Knights (Ryan Beswick)



chorleycelebrationSolihull Moors 3 - 1 Chorley

Saturday 18th October 2014 - Vanarama Conference North


Having last season been promoted from the Northern Premier League as Champions Chorley have made an impressive start in the Vanarama Conference North and sat second in the league at the start of play having only lost two games so far, one at home and the other away. However, Moors have reached a rich vein of form in recent weeks and were well prepared for the job in hand.

The match opened at a furious pace and on three minutes a Michael Nottingham cross caught in the wind and deceived visiting keeper Ashton, only to come back off the crossbar to leading scorer Omar Bogle who volleyed over when well placed. Two minutes later the visitors swept forward and Tony Breeden was forced into a fine save to his left to foil Josh Hine. On nine minutes Breeden was again Moors' saviour to deny the impressive James Dean.

chorleybogleOn 13 minutes the visitors took the lead when a wind-assisted pass from Mather was flicked, by Dean, beyond the on-rushing Breeden and into the net. Moors, despite the setback, continue to play quality football going forward with Knights, Beswick and Byfield causing the visitors' defence endless problems. On 20 minutes Moors deservedly equalised when a Jordan Gough free kick caused indecision in the visitors defence and Beswick's pass gave Captain Rob Elvins all the time in the world to stroke the ball into an empty net.

liamdalyMoors continued to press forward at every opportunity and Beswick, Knights and Daly with a header from a Beswick corner, all went close. At the other end Dean headed over when well placed. In first half stoppage time, Moors took the lead when Bogle met a Ryan Beswick corner from the left powering a header goal-wards and a deflection took the ball beyond Ashton into the roof of the net.

The second half saw Moors begin to dominate and only a superb intervention by Smythe denied Bogle from a Knights through ball. On 65 minutes Moors scored their third as a Darren Byfield cross was dummied by Bogle and only a deliberate handball from Jacobs stopped the ball reaching Darryl Knights. However, Knights was not to be denied as his brilliant free kick from 20 yards cleared the defensive wall and nestled into the top corner past the motionless Ashton.

chorleybyfieldA fine save by Breeden from Hine preserved Moors' lead and on 75 minutes Bogle's close range effort was blocked by the visiting keeper at his near post. On 80 minutes Owen Story replaced Bogle and almost had an immediate impact, as from his cross from the right, Byfield fired just wide. In the final minutes Knights broke down the left, slipped the ball through the legs of Jacobs but from his cross Byfield was quickly closed down and the opportunity was lost.

The win sees Solihull extend their unbeaten League run to six matches, elevating The Moors to eighth in the league and with a game in hand over their rivals. Next Saturday they travel to seventh placed Boston United, who are just one point ahead.

Many thanks to Mark Bonelle for providing match photography.


Final Score: Solihull Moors 3 - 1 Chorley (Half Time 2-1)

Goals: Rob Elvins (19), Omar Bogle (45), Knights (64)

Attendance: 502

Solihull Moors: Tony Breeden, Michael Nottingham, Jordan Gough, Jay Denny, Liam Daly, Rob Elvins, Darren Byfield, Junior English, Omar Bogle (Owen Story 80), Ryan Beswick, Darryl Knights. Subs Not Used: Deale Chamerlain, Dominic Langdon, Aitor Espejo, Keenah Rosser.



Solihull Moors Sports Development Scheme - New Pan-Disability Section

For players with Disabilities e.g. Cerebral Palsy, Downs Syndrome, Severe Learning Difficulties (and not currently playing in mainstream football)
We will be running Football Sessions at John Henry Newman Catholic College, Chelmsley Road, Chelmsley Wood, B37 5GA

There will be four groups covering the following ages:
Years 5 and 6
Years 7 and 8
Years 9, 10 and 11
Open Age (Pan Disability and Walking Football where appropriate)

Saturday 8th November 9.30am -11.30am
Saturday 6th December 9.30am- 11.30am

There are no charges for these sessions

The course is run by qualified and experienced staff trained in First Aid and Child Protection with DBS Check
Sessions will be planned with the intention of forming teams for the 2015/16 season.
The course will take place INSIDE and OUTSIDE, so players need to bring clothing suitable for both, along with trainers, shinpads (which must be worn) and a still drink.

For further information or to request an application form please contact Mark Fogarty on This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it



Revised Fixtures


Saturday 25th October - Boston United vs Solihull Moors (brought forward from 2nd December)

Tuesday 28th October - Gloucester City vs Solihull Moors (originally 30th September)

Tuesday 18th November - Guiseley vs Solihull Moors (originally 25th October)



22Oxford City 1 - 4 Solihull Moors

Saturday 11th October 2014 - Vanarama Conference North


With both teams prematurely dumped out of the FA Cup at the first opportunity the second meeting of the clubs was hastily re arranged from the Sunday before New Year. Oxford sat third in the league at the start of play having made their best start to a season in the Conference North with 28 goals scored already - any loss of concentration in the Moors defence would be a potential disaster against a team who beat them 3-2 at the Autotech Stadium just 2 months ago.

It was evident from the start that Oxford were very fast moving forward and Solihull had Tony Breeden to thank as he saved with his feet as Jackson advanced and then on 11 minutes he produced a fantastic left handed save as an Oxford free kick looked certain for the back of the net. For a short while Knights and Byfield swapped wings as Moors took the game to their hosts and it was from a Knights pass to Beswick that Solihull opened their account on the quarter hour mark: Beswick rifled a shot to keeper Scott who spilled the ball to the incoming Byfield who tapped home from 10 yards.

12Moors almost doubled their lead on 23 minutes when Jordan Gough drilled in a thunderbolt at an acute angle from the left but with Scott expecting a cross, the ball ricochet off the upright. Then with half an hour played, Knights launched a defence splitting pass to Bogle who having beaten the off side trap neatly rounded the out rushing Scott to put Solihull two up. Oxford were defied by the long reach of Breeden on 40 minutes and Moors were fortunate when a speculative effort took a deflection but fell wide of the post. Nevertheless at the interval it was 2-0 to the visitors.

As the second half gathered pace it was end to end play with Byfield going close on 55 minutes, whilst Oxfords Kynan Isaac flashed the ball across the Moors six yard line but fortunately there was nobody there for an easy tap in. On the hour mark Solihull put the match to bed when Knights broke down the left hand flank and crossed to Beswick just inside the box to volley home in off the left hand upright. Five minutes later from a free kick Bogle picked out Byfield who took the ball round his defender before hammering it home into the left hand corner of the net for Moors fourth.

7To their credit Oxford never stopped trying and Barcelos brought another great low save from Breeden with 15 minutes to go. At the other end Liam Daly was unlucky with a bicycle kick as he drove forward and Jay Denny was caught just off side in a one on one with Scott. Moors kept up the momentum right to the end with substitutes Owen Story and Aitor Espejo combining well on the right flank, and for the second week running Solihull saw off the opposition with a 4-1 victory.

The win elevates Solihull to tenth in the league and with one game in hand on most of their rivals, the play off places are within sight. However, next Saturday they entertain second placed Chorley at the Autotech Stadium (K.O. 3.00pm) which will be a stern test for the Mighty Moors.


Many thanks to Mike Allen and Oxford City for use of the photographs


Final Score: Oxford City 1 - 4 Solihull Moors (Half Time: 0-2)

Goals: Darren Byfield (15 & 69), Omar Bogle (34), Ryan Beswick (56)

Solihull Moors: Tony Breeden, Michael Nottingham, Jordan Gough, Jay Denny, Liam Daly, Rob Elvins, Darren Byfield, Junior English (Aitor Espejo 75), Omar Bogle, Ryan Beswick (Owen Story 70), Darryl Knights (Richard Taundry 70). Subs not used: Deale Chamberlain, Dominic Langdon.



goalmouthSolihull Moors 4 - 1 Bradford Park Avenue

Saturday 4th October 2014 - Vanarama Conference North


With both teams on 11 points this match had all the hallmarks of the usual dogged struggle between Moors and Bradford, but in fact turned out to be anything but. It also heralded Ryan Beswick’s 150th start for the club and saw his 50th Moors goal as Solihull powered to victory.

bezzaThe opening period saw both teams in attacking mode with Bradford’s Colley not making the best of a one on one with Tony Breeden and Jordan Gough blasting over on seven minutes. From thereon in it was all Moors for the first half with the first goal coming from Omar Bogle on 12 minutes when he side footed home a Darren Byfield deflected cross – the 9th goal for the Solihull striker in 11 games this season which sees him top of the league scorers so far.

Beswick’s 25 yard free kick following a foul on Bogle was inches wide ; Gough blasted over on 23 minutes, Fleet followed suit minutes later and Daly was just foiled by Danby on the half hour mark . Then on 36 minutes a Knights free kick was spilled by the keeper and a grateful Beswick was on hand to roll in goal number two. Bogle having dribbled passed two defenders was just wide with Danby beaten on 38 minutes whilst Beswick’s defence splitting pass was just too long for the incoming Byfield.


Moors pounded the Bradford goal as the half time whistle approached, with Fleet again clearing the bar, Liam Daly just too high from Knight’s corner and Danby conceding a corner as he failed to deal with a loose back pass. Again it was Knights with the last action of the half just wide of the upright with the keeper beaten.


michaelnottinghamBradford started the second half with more determination and Colley on his debut having signed from Harrogate Railway, was making the most of the visitors limited forays into Moors half. Junior English with just Danby to beat shot straight at the keeper, Bogle shot wide whilst Byfield skimmed the post on 53 minutes. Colley was close on the hour mark and Frost was unlucky to see his goal bound effort rebound to safety off the post. Moors then resumed the initiative on 69 minutes when a blistering shot from Byfield was parried by the keeper but only so far as Michael Nottingham who slotted home for their third goal.


knightsyTony Breeden, having his quietest day since signing for Solihull, dived bravely at the feet of Priestly to maintain Moors advantage but in the second of 5 minutes added time, they had a momentary lack of concentration, with English off the pitch following a head injury, which allowed Walker to hit home at the far post. Far from settling for three well earned points Moors hit back and within a minute Knights headed into an empty net after Danby and Bogle collided and the ball spilled into the air.


Images courtesy of Stephen Woodward

Full Time: Solihull Moors 4 - 1 Bradford Park Avenue (Half Time: 2-0)

Goals: Bogle (10mins), Beswick (34), Nottingham (67), Knights (90)

Attendance: 332

Solihull Moors: Tony Breeden, Michael Nottingham (Richard Taundry 72), Jordan Gough, Reece Fleet, Liam Daly, Rob Elvins, Darren Byfield (Aitor Espejo 80), Junior English, Omar Bogle, Ryan Beswick (Jay Denny 74), Darryl Knights. Subs not used: Deale Chamberlain, Dominic Langdon.

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