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Boston Secure Play-Off Place
Solihull Moors 1 - 4 Boston United
Saturday 18th April 2015
Boston arrived at the Autotech Stadium on a run which has seen them achieve seven wins in their last nine games and knowing that if results elsewhere went in their favour, a win against the Moors would ensure their place in the play offs for promotion to the Vanarama Conference Premier. Solihull, having surfaced from a difficult second half of the season still had a top ten finish to secure but despite having beaten their opponents earlier in the season this would be no walk in the park for the mighty Moors.
Moors looked positive from the first whistle with Reece Fleet blasting over in the second minute and then a sublime lob from Stefan Moore kept out by the cross bar. However, at the other end Boston’s Dayle Southwell showed why he was the most likely striker to overhaul Omar Bogles amazing 29 goal tally as he fired wide of the upright. Felix followed up with a solo run ending with his effort just wide, whilst Southwell forced Tony Breeden into a good save with only seven minutes gone.
Solihull weathered the storm playing some beautiful one touch football with Darryl Knight’s instrumental in the middle of the park. and it was Knights himself who had a great chance with a volley from a long Langdon throw. Michael Nottingham’s perfectly timed tackle thwarted Walker as he advanced on goal whilst left back Steer fired over at the half way stage of the half. However Solihull were undone on 24 minutes when Southwell beat three defenders and drilled in a low shot from 18 yards to open Boston’s account.
As Moors fought back they failed to deal with a cross into their six yard area from Roberts which bounced over Langdon to the waiting Southwell who tapped in his second of the day. Stefan Moore collected a Bogle pass from the restart producing a fine save from keeper Stryjek, but Moors were fortunate with Breeden a long way out of his area to see Liam Daly clear off the line. With the pressure mounting, Nottingham was adjudged to have hand-balled in the box with five minutes of the half remaining and a grateful Southwell sent the spot kick just beyond the diving Breeden for a 15 minute hat trick and his third of the season. With a minute to go before the break Knights rifled a cross into the visitor’s box and Ryan Beswick curled his header into the right hand corner of the net to give some hope to the Moors for the second half.
Solihull were quickly into their stride from the restart with Fleet blasting too high from 25 yards and Beswick going a fraction wide. Knights forced Stryjek to parry his twelve yard effort for a corner, but just when it seemed their was still something in the match for Solihull, Roberts let fly from 25 yards into the top corner of the net to extend Boston’s lead. To their credit Moors heads remained high despite the impossibility of the situation, with Beswick and Bogle both having chances, whilst a fierce cross from Knights on twenty five minutes needed only a touch. His subsequent corner was nodded down by Daly but Beswick’s finish went agonisingly wide. Substitutes Hayden, Gueyes and Nesbitt injected life into the team but there was no way back.
The win cemented Boston’s place in the play offs whilst Moors need to win next Saturday in their final game this season at Chorley to have a chance of finishing in the top ten. Southwell’s hat trick sees him close the gap to one goal behind Omar Bogle in the race for the leading goal scoring prize.
Full Time: Solihull Moors 1-4 Boston United (Half Time: 1-3)
Goal: Ryan Beswick (44 mins).
Solihull Moors: Tony Breeden, Michael Nottingham (Kieran Nesbitt 85), Jo Ballinger, Reece Fleet, Liam Daly, Dominic Langdon (Jean Michel Gueyes 71), Junior English, Stefan Moore, Omar Bogle, Ryan Beswick (Lewis Hayden 71), Darryl Knights. Subs not used: Emmitt Delfouneso, Darren Acton.
Late Penalty Rescues Point
AFC Fylde 2 - 2 Solihull Moors
Saturday 11th April 2015
An injury time penalty from Omar Bogle gave the Moors a deserved point from their visit to title chasing AFC Fylde. On a sunny but blustery afternoon Moors travelled to just south of Blackpool to take on big spending AFC Fylde who, following a meteoric rise up the non league pyramid, have more or less have been in the top two positions in the Vanarama Conference North all season. Moors lost the home game 0-1 in January.
Solihull attacked from the opening whistle. On four minutes, following good work by Beswick, Stefan Moore was unlucky to see his goal bound effort blocked by home keeper Hinchcliffe and Bogle was unfortunate not to convert the rebound. Whilst Tony Breeden dealt easily with a one on one with Lloyd, Daryl Knights was dictating play from midfield and on 20 minutes he collected a superb Bogle through ball to drill past Hinchcliffe from just inside the area.
On 28 minutes ex Vauxhall Motors striker Josh Wilson got on the end of an Allen cross but headed wide for Fylde when well placed. Moors continued to press forward and Moore was so unlucky as he burst into the box only to see his goal bound strike blocked by the chest of Hinchcliffe. As half time approached Bogle’s effort from a tight angle was blocked by the home keeper at his near post and his free kick from 20 yards bent round the defensive wall, saw Hinchcliffe parry the ball for a corner. From Knight’s corner Fleet’s well-struck shot flew inches over.
On 48 minutes the home side drew level when a throw in conceded on the left hand side resulted in complete indecision from the Moors rear guard and Sumner fed Danny Rowe who unchallenged slotted the ball past Breeden. On 55 minutes Fylde took the lead when a swift break again caught out the Moors defence as Rowe played the ball across the Solihull box to Allen who was first to react and slammed the ball into the empty net despite Daly’s desperate attempt to retrieve the situation.
Breeden saved well from Baker and although Fylde did manage to get the ball in the net once more Lloyd was correctly adjudged off side. Fylde, now sensing victory, continued to push forward but on 71 minutes Moors introduced Jean-Michel Gueyes and in injury time his persistence down the left flank kept the ball alive, and a clear hand ball from Josh Langley resulted in a penalty which Bogle tucked away to give Moors the point, their first half display warranted.
On a day when league leaders Barrow were beaten by lowly Brackley Town, had Fylde won this game they would have gone top of the league. No wonder then that several Barrow supporters have asked to join the Omar Bogle fan club! His latest strike extends his top position in the goal scorers table where he has now hit 29 league goals this season.
Full Time: AFC Fylde 2 - 2 Solihull Moors (Half Time: 0-1)
Goals: Darryl Knights (20 mins) Omar Bogle (90)
Solihull Moors: Tony Breeden, Michael Nottingham, Jo Ballinger (Jean Michel Gueyes), Reece Fleet (Kieran Nesbitt), Liam Daly, Dominic Langdon, Junior English, Stefan Moore, Omar Bogle, Ryan Beswick, Darryl Knights. Subs not used: Darren Byfield, Darren Acton, Lewis Hayden.
Moors End Pitmen's PlayOff Hopes
Solihull Moors 1 - 1 Hednesford Town
Monday 6th April 2015
Hednesford were promoted to this league just under two years ago and in their first season at this level made the play off positions. This season they have been favourites to repeat that objective but 5 defeats in their last six games have severely dented this ambition. Their Manager Rob Smith was quoted as saying before the game that this was their last chance of kick starting what is left of the season - anything other than a win would see them in the Conference North next season. Moors have met the Pitmen 4 times in recent campaigns and the score stands at two wins each; Goals for 7 – Goals against 7. A wise man might have been tempted to suggest today’s clash would end in a draw!
Solihull fielded almost the same team that beat Brackley on Saturday, the only difference being that Joe Ballinger kept the number 3 shirt with Jordan Gough not fit enough after the head injury sustained 48 hours previously. What was clear from the outset was that The Pitmen are a big and physical side – the match was never going to be for the faint hearted.
In Moors first foray Reece Fleet’s free kick was met by the head of Liam Daly but ex-Solihull keeper Danny Crane was equal to it. Tony Breeden was soon in the thick of things saving from Robinson’s close range effort on 5 minutes. Thomas slipped by Junior English but was beaten by an inch perfect tackle by Ballinger before he could unleash a shot. In what was the first of many corners Breeden was fouled as he plucked the ball from the air and almost immediately punched out another corner before a good take from the other end of the by line calmed Moors nerves.
Fleet was brought down by Sullivan some 25 yards out but Omar Bogle’s free kick did not bother Crane. Likewise Breeden easily dealt with a low shot from Thomas from 12 yards. On the half hour mark Darryl Knights found Stefan Moore unmarked in the box but his pass to Beswick saw him launch his shot well over the bar. Michael Nottingham picked up Knights free kick some 10 yards out but could not turn in time to test the keeper. Thomas put an angled shot beyond Breeden on 36 minutes but skipper Daly was there to clear off the line. Osborne followed this up with a slewed shot across the box which eluded both defence and Town’s attack respectively. The half came to an end when a Knights corner was headed wide by Daly. It had been end to end football with both sides ruing a series of missed chances but with no quarter spared.
Within seconds of the restart Breeden made a one handed diving save and Hednesford followed up with a 25 yard free kick hit straight at Moors wall. Fleet, on a run, found Bogle but the leagues leading scorer was foiled by Cranes legs. With Breeden keeping out everything that the Pitmen could throw at Moors the home side was enjoying a period of superiority; Crane dived bravely at English’s feet on a one on one, Fleet’s 30 yarder skimmed the right hand upright and Bogle was off target having been up ended by Tunnicliffe. On 58 minutes Knights put through Fleet who hit the cross bar from 25 yards and when Bogle was again brought down some 20 yards out, he skied the rebound from his free kick.
On 64 minutes Bogle, in a last man position, was fouled by Bailey who was duly red carded by referee Meeson, and Bogle then sent Crane the wrong way to put Solihull in front. And that should have been enough but disaster struck on 78 minutes; Ballinger in considerable discomfort put in a short back pass in the box and Langdon impeded Osborne as he pounded forward on gaol. This time it was the Moorman’s turn to be red carded and Diggon made no mistake from the penalty spot. Both teams pressed forward with break and counter break; Breeden performed two impressive saves to keep his team in the battle whilst in 3 minutes of added time Byfield and Bogle were both off target as was Osborne who again could not beat Tony Breeden. A draw was probably the right result from this pulsating game.
Full Time: Solihull Moors 1 - 1 Hednesford Town (Half Time: 0-0)
Goal: Omar Bogle (64 mins)
Solihull Moors: Tony Breeden, Michael Nottingham, Jo Ballinger, Reece Fleet, Liam Daly, Dominic Langdon, Junior English, Stefan Moore (Darren Byfield), Omar Bogle, Ryan Beswick, Darryl Knights. Subs not used: Emmitt Delfouneso, Lewis Hayden, Jean-Michel Gueyes, Kieran Nesbitt.
The Vanarama National League Is Coming
The Football Conference is proud to announce that "The Vanarama National League" is coming to a ground near you! In a re-branding initiative, which will under-line the competition's status at the pinnacle of the semi-professional game, and linked to a community programme the length and breadth of the country, the Vanarama National League will engage fans not only of the competition’s 68 member clubs but football throughout the UK and beyond. The new "Vanarama National League" will officially take its place in the football family on June 6th and the changes will include a new look logo, whilst acknowledging the past it looks to the future, to strengthen the competition's identity.
The Vanarama National League will also launch a new broadcasting company, NLTV, which will be the first fully dedicated broadcasting channel focusing solely on the 68 member clubs, creating a regular narrative for the competition that will run throughout the whole season and lastly, in yet another first, the competition will create the all new NLTV Broadcasting Academy.
Brian Barwick, the incoming chairman of the new Vanarama National League says "I am delighted to be joining at this vibrant time with this exciting new branding. It offers so much to our existing partners whilst at the same time opening up potential new opportunities. I look forward to steering this great competition to new levels of awareness and visibility.”
A further resounding endorsement for this level of the game and in support of the new branding initiative, BT Sport have agreed a new three year deal with the competition which will extend the live coverage of matches and feature a regular weekly highlights show to be broadcast on a Sunday evening.
Tony Kleanthous, board director responsible for broadcasting said, "We are delighted to be continuing our partnership with BT Sport and indeed embracing their expertise and experience. NLTV's aim is to launch a very affordable internet subscriber portal in 2016 where fans anywhere in the world can keep up to speed with what's going on across the activities of all member clubs and everything which affects them, their players and even their fans. The NLTV daily show will include short clips, podcasts and updates from clubs around the country and our new digital platform will also feature highlights from every game every week so you never need miss the action."
Steve Norris Commercial director at BT Sport said "We are proud to continue our sponsorship of this level of the game with a significant further investment for another three years. We are also pleased to support the academy initiative which underlines our commitment not only to grass roots football but the future education for all the young students out there who want a helping hand up the sports broadcasting ladder."
Chairman of Vanarama David Bernstein says "My extensive involvement in football over the years has allowed me to be connected with a wide range of initiatives. I am particularly excited by this announcement and the Broadcasting Academy is an educational project to which Vanarama is proud to extend its support. We have demonstrated our commitment to football and their communities up and down the country and want to continue working with an organisation whose vibrancy and ethos matches our own."
The final words come from the outgoing Chairman of the Football Conference, Brian Lee, who will complete his tenure at the end of this current season "Our announcement around the name change, broadcasting channel and academy excites me and I sincerely hope it excites the football world. I know I am passing on this organisation in good shape and there is much more to come with the positivity showed so far it can only be more exciting for our clubs, our fans and the future of our game".
Solitary Goal Beats Saints
Brackley Town 0 - 1 Solihull Moors
Saturday 4th April 2015
Moors eased their frustrations with a hard fought single goal victory over strugglers Brackley Town on Saturday. It was their first “double” of the season with Omar Bogle’s goal making all the difference – exactly the same scenario as Solihull’s home win back in January. With no injuries Marcus Bignot was able to field his strongest starting eleven with Dom Langdon and Stefan Moore returning to their previous club whilst included in the Brackley squad were two old Moors favourites in the shape of Stuart Pierpoint and Owen Story.
It was all action right from the word go, and from the kick off Solihull beat the off side trap, but quick thinking from the evergreen Billy Turley - as he rushed 30 yards off his line - mfoiled the advancing Stefan Moore. The Saints first chance fell to centre forward Rowe who headed wide from an Odhiambo cross whilst Tony Breeden had an easy take from Moyo. Ryan Beswick was troubling the Brackley defence with his curling passes into the box but it was a Darryl Knights corner that had Turley fumbling. On 16 minutes another Knights corner was headed down by Liam Daly but Bogle’s finish was off target.
Moyo tested Breeden on 20 minutes before ex Moorsman Owen Story put in a dangerous cross needing only a touch from Rowe but the striker miss timed his run. Junior English’s deep cross achieved much the same result whilst Bogle‘s lay off to Moore saw the strike wide. Tony Breeden saved a dipping free kick which bounced at his feet just before Brackley’s veteran central defender Ex Chelsea man Frank Sinclair was helped off the pitch with a hamstring injury on 37 minutes. As half time approached Story could have done better from close range whilst Fleet’s rasping volley produced an equally fine save from Turley. Knights curling effort on 44 minutes was agonisingly wide of the post but the break through came in added time when an exquisite Beswick curling free kick into the box was met by the head of Bogle to send the visitors in one goal to the good.
John Brady’s half time talk saw Brackley emerge with more purpose in the second half but their finishing hardly troubled Breeden. However on the hour mark Jordan Gough cleared off the line and as Breeden dashed out to quell the attack he was brought down some 30 yards from his goal line requiring three minutes help from the physio. Story was then fouled by Gough but he blasted the free kick over the bar. Solihull could have put the game to bed on 70 minutes when the influential Knight’s cross was volleyed from 12 yards by the incoming Fleet but a miraculous save by Turley saw the ball rebound whilst Gough and then Bogle saw both follow up shots fail to penetrate the Saints defence. Breeden dealt well with a well struck free kick whilst another Beswick curler eluded both Daly and Dom Langdon. Michael Nottingham headed Knight’s corner wide.
With 15 minutes left substitute Sharpe was given his marching orders as he hauled Moore to the ground just outside the 18 yard box – a case where a resolute linesman stood his ground despite the referee initially missing the incident. Bogle hit the free kick low and straight and the ball fell to Fleet who somehow from 3 yards fired over the bar. Moors continued to press with Turley again foiling Bogle’s bicycle kick some 6 yards out and Moore heading wide.
Brackley made a late flurry into the Solihull box with two successive corners requiring resolute defending. Gough was injured and replaced by Joe Ballinger as he threw himself into the fray but despite the presence of Turley coming up for Saints final corner, Moors held on for a well deserved victory and now ready themselves for Bank Holiday’s visit by Hednesford who still have an outside chance of making the play-off’s. Kick Off is 3.00 pm at the Autotech Stadium.
Full Time: Brackley Town 0 - 1 Solihull Moors (Half Time: 0-1)
Goal: Omar Bogle (45mins)
Solihull Moors: Tony Breeden, Michael Nottingham, Jordan Gough (Jo Ballinger 89), Reece Fleet, Liam Daly, Dominic Langdon, Junior English, Stefan Moore, Omar Bogle, Ryan Beswick, Darryl Knights. Subs not used: Darren Byfield, Lewis Hayden, Jean-Michel Gueyes, Kieran Nesbitt.
Riccardo Scimeca is new Head of Youth Coaching
Solihull Moors are delighted to announce that Riccardo Scimeca has joined the Youth Development arm of the Club as Head of Youth Coaching. He will work closely with both Marcus Bignot and Head of Youth Development, Mark Fogarty to help pull all the youth and junior teams in the same direction promoting the clubs philosophy of doing things “The Moors Way” and ensuring that the players get the best possible grounding and understanding of what the game is really all about.
Riccardo retired from senior football in 2010 having amassed over 400 games for Aston Villa, Nottingham Forest, Leicester City, West Bromwich Albion and Cardiff City. Born in Leamington in 1975 he was spotted at the age of 10 by Aston Villa and progressed through their Academy before making 73 appearances for them. He represented the England B team in 1998. Fans listed him amongst the 28 most naturally gifted players to wear The Cardiff City shirt, his greatest strength being the ability to turn defence into attack at rapid speed via one move or pass.
“I am amazed at how much has been achieved at Moors over a relatively short period. There is so much pressure on youngsters to achieve in football but I want to temper this with an understanding that the game is essentially about enjoying it. This breeds confidence particularly with younger players, along side learning the basics of the game this will develop the player in whichever team they are playing for. At Solihull we start the process with seven year olds and take them right through to the senior game. I have been fortunate to have a career in professional football. If I can help develop the grass roots, I believe with the set up and the quality of coaches involved at Solihull Moors, we can potentially give players better opportunities to fulfil their ambitions within the game” - Riccardo Scimeca (Head of Youth Coaching)
Since his retirement through injury Riccardo has turned to property Investment as his main vocation but when his son started playing for Moors Under 13’s it was not long before he was asked to lend a hand to help with the coaching of the lads. Both Marcus Bignot and Mark Fogarty were quick to see how his experience and talent could be used on a much wider basis within the development section of Solihull Moors.
"I have mentioned my desire many times to run the Youth section as near as possible to that of a Professional club. We have a Manager who is interested and active in all departments and when the chance was there to bring in Riccardo, Marcus was as delighted as I was. This is the next important appointment in helping us to develop our players to be the best that they can possibly be. Ricardo is a great professsional and a thoroughly nice person and I can't wait for him to get started with us. He will excite the Moors family and enthuse everyone within the club" - Mark Fogarty (Head of Youth Development and Community Officer)
Solihull Moors 0-2 Gloucester
Saturday 28th March 2015
On a day that saw Hyde relegated for the second successive year, Gloucester City did their survival prospects the world of good as Moors failed to capitalise on last weeks win against Leamington. In a swirling wind it was the visitors who looked the most hungry and whose game plan proved decisive in the difficult conditions.
Gloucester immediately took the game to their hosts requiring a powerful header from Liam Daly to clear his lines in the opening attack. Omar Bogle headed over from a long Langdon throw, and then could have opened his account in the fourth minute but his stinging shot went straight at keeper White. Almost immediately Gloucester’s Nick Wright on his debut hit the side netting. Bogle was denied a one on one by Williams, the leagues leading scorer denied in the six yard box after a quality pass from English.
Wright blasted over from 18 yards before sustained pressure brought the Tigers their first goal in the 28th minute, Dom Langdon had conceded a free kick just outside 18 yard box and the clearance of the set peice fell to Orenuga who was tripped by Beswick as he advanced on goal and Jones made no mistake from the penalty spot even though Tony Breeden guessed correctly. Another penalty shout was dismissed by referee Porter as Solihull battled to get back and a stunning free kick from Bogle five minutes before half time brought out an equally brilliant save from White. As the interval beckoned Moors had another real chance after free flowing passing between Knights and Beswick but the cross brought out a diving header from Jones to concede a corner but alleviate the danger.
The restart saw White again saving well from Daly’s header but within 10 minutes Gloucester had doubled their score; Bowen found Wright on the left of the 18 yard box who skipped passed one defender before drilling across the box to an unmarked Orenuga who had a simple tap in.
English was wide from the edge of the 18 yard box whilst Daly‘s glancing header from Beswick’s free kick was off target. Michael Nottingham denied Kabba a one on one in the 73 minute. It could have been worse had any Gloucester player been in the box for Bowen’s subsequent low pass across the goal area whilst Avery shot straight at Breeden, and it was the Moors shot stopper saving from Williams in what looked like a certain goal with only 7 minutes remaining.
Solihull’s best chance of salvaging something from this game came on 85 minutes when an intense goalmouth scramble needed just a toe poke but Avery cleared off the line before Bogle eventually shot wide. Substitute Kieran Nesbitt’s effort in added time was easily cleared by Avery.
This was not Moors finest hour and last week’s focus was missing. It leaves them mid-table as the run in to the last five games of the season gathers momentum. On Saturday they visit strugglers Brackley Town, whilst on Bank Holiday Monday it’s play-off contenders Hednesford Town's turn at the Autotech Stadium, kick off 3.00 pm
Full Time: Solihull Moors 0-2 Gloucester City (Half Time: 0-1)
Solihull Moors: Tony Breeden, Michael Nottingham, Jordan Gough, Reece Fleet, Liam Daly, Dominic Langdon (Jean Michel Gueyes 71), Junior English, Stefan Moore (Darren Byfield 58), Omar Bogle, Ryan Beswick, Darryl Knights (Kieran Nesbitt 58). Subs not used: Jo Ballinger, Lewis Hayden.
Taundry Leaves On Deadline Day
After being informed by Manager Marcus Bognot last week that he would not be offered a deal next season, former Walsall utility player Richard Taundry has left the Moors and joined Leamington ahead of thursday's signing deadline.
We thank Richard for his service to the club, and wish him all the best for the future.
Moors In Grass Roots Academy Agreement
Solihull Moors and Birmingham City FC are delighted to announce that they have entered into an Academy Grass Roots Agreement. Moors currently have almost 30 junior and Girls teams under within its Youth Development Section and to align the club with Blues will enable any of its aspiring players to have a pathway through to an even higher level of coaching. It will also enable players who perhaps are not ready to sign for the Birmingham City Academy to trial at Solihull throughout its Junior structure.
Solihull Moors' FA registered Coaches will, as a result of the Agreement be able to do their Continued Professional Development (CPD) at Blues, and the link up will enable them to achieve higher accreditation as a result – this will involve invitations to a number of appropriate events which will allow them to obtain further coaching hours with Football Association learning. Birmingham City will also send their Coaches to Solihull to help with the training of the Moors coaches.
Another benefit of the Agreement will see parties of Solihull junior players visiting Blues on match days through their Ticket Incentive Scheme ( when, of course, Moors are away from home!). It is hoped that this Partnership will lead to a similar working relationship for Solihull Moors Senior squads.
“I am delighted that our Youth Section Committee support the advantages and benefits of this partnership. It enables us to have continued training opportunities for our staff in return for us being extra eyes for Blues in their quest for the best young players. The more opportunities I have to make our staff the best they can be, the better for our young players in their footballing journey” - Mark Fogarty, Head of Youth Development and Community Officer