There will be a supporters coach going to Stockport on 7th March
10 Man Moors Bitten By Tigers
Hyde 1-0 Solihull Moors
Monday 3rd March 2015
Solihull Moors played bottom of the league Hyde last Monday. Hyde had taken just 14 points from their 32 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. They are almost certain to be relegated at the end of this season but with an effective academy at his disposal Manager Gary Lowe is stemming the tide - only last Saturday his team held Gainsborough to a 3-3 draw. His squad for Moors match included 7 academy players.
The opening fifteen minutes saw both teams in attacking mode. Reece Fleet‘s thirty yarder screamed just over the cross bar and his corner on 14 minutes was met by the head of Omar Bogle but again over. There was a delay on ten minutes whilst Tony Breeden received attention after he saved bravely from Hyde’s captain Brizell. Connor Hughes seemed to have got the better of Michael Nottingham on 23 minutes but a perfectly timed tackle prevented a one on one. As Solihull broke from defence Bogle weaved is way into the six yard box but a great save from Wilczynski saw the ball away for a corner from which again the keeper foiled the incoming Liam Daly. Pearson brought out another good save from Breeden who spilled the ball back to the striker but the follow up was deflected away. Jordan Gough’s interception was vital to deny Gregory who latched onto a poor back pass. Moors were on the back foot as the interval beckoned but a break away in the last minute presented Bogle with a 40 yard opportunity with Wilczynski off his line but his shot was wide.
Moors had been surprised by the Tigers flowing play and knew they has a real fight on their hands if they were to get anything from this match Straight from the restart Darryl Knights was on for Stefan Moore as Solihull looked for more width up front but everything was thrown into disarray in the fifty third minute when Daly received his marching orders from Referee Wootton as the scythed down Hughes as Hyde attacked. Giverin launched the free kick well over the bar as Moors re organised. Marcus Bignot brought on new signing Emmitt Delfouneso in place of Darren Byfield as Moors looked to be playing a 4 – 3 - 2 system and although they worked themselves back into the fray they could not make anything count in the final third. On the hour mark Gregory seemed to have broken the deadlock but Breeden made another brave save to his right. Hyde brought on Eric Sousa and immediately Gough knew he had problems as the winger out paced him down the right flank. Breeden dealt well with Giverin's shot from the cross but again needed the assistance of the physio as a result.
Although The Tigers had the better of the play in the second half it looked as though Moors might salvage a point from the encounter but with two minutes of normal time left that was about to change; Hyde had just brought on another academy player, Ryan Masterton, and when nobody intercepted Giverin’s corner he found himself unmarked at the near post to volley home from 5 yards. It was too late for Solihull to mount a last ditch come back – down to ten men again and failing to deal with a set piece had been their downfall. They visit Stockport County on Saturday and need to get their act back on track if the run in to the end of the season is to mean anything.
Full Time: Hyde 1-0 Solihull Moors (Half Time: 0-0)
Solihull Moors: Tony Breeden, Michael Nottingham, Jordan Gough, Jay Denny, Liam Daly, Rob Elvins, Reece Fleet, Stefan Moore (Darryl Knights), Omar Bogle, Ryan Beswick, Darren Byfield (Emmitt Delfouneso). Subs not used: Owen Story, Jean-Michel Gueyes, Jo Ballinger.
Moors Sign Defender Delfouneso
Solihull Moors are please to announce the signing of Emmitt Delfouneso from Rushall Olympic.
The 21-one-year-old is the younger brother of former Aston Villa and striker Nathan Delfouneso, now at Blackpool.
Emmitt moves to the Autotech Stadium following a brief spell with Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Premier Division outfit Rushall Olympic, who he joined in January.
He joined Vanarama Conference side Nuneaton Town in September 2013 having been released by Sky Bet Championship side Birmingham City. He made eight starts and three substitute appearances for Boro, scoring one goal.
Moors Beaten By Solitary Lions Goal
Solihull Moors 0-1 Guiseley
Saturday 28th February 2015
It was a deceptively bitterly cold day with a strong wind blowing the length of the pitch as Moors took on play off rivals Guiseley. Bizarrely the visitors appeared in Solihull’s away shirts – one can only assume as they play away games in yellow shirts that someone had not done their homework. Guiseley have won seven of the previous matches between the two clubs but Moors had the moral boosting away win at Worcester last Tuesday to suggest today might buck the trend.
An early long range free kick from Ryan Beswick found the head of Liam Daly but the ball was wide whilst on ten minutes Tony Breeden produced what would be one of many fine saves as he denied Adam Boyes. Dickinson blasted over from an acute angle on 12 minutes. Moors were playing with the wind behind them the effect of which was the most through balls were impossible to chase and giving the edge to the fast interplay by the visitors. The situation was not helped when on 24 minutes Richard Taundrey was substituted following a clattering. Nevertheless Solihull were trying to play their usual one touch football but were not effective in the box. Moreover when they did get a shot on goal Steven Drench was giving an impenetrable performance between the sticks – not the first time Moors have experienced this goalkeeper. Darryl Knight’s free kick at the half way stage was well saved by the shot stopper.
Breeden saved well from Boyes on the half hour mark with a fierce thirty yarder but a looping ball into his box was thundered well over the bar. Omar Bogle shot straight at Drench before Moors best chance came on 37 minutes, Owen Story blasted through the Lions defence, beating three defenders before slotting his pass to Bogle whose shot was just agonisingly wide.
With the wind having dropped Moors started the second half in attacking mode. Fleet had a long range effort well saved by Drench whilst Knights cross was headed down by Owen Story only to be denied by a finger tip save by the keeper. Dom Langdon’s cross on 52 minutes suffered the same fate. Moors ran the risk of being caught on the break as they pushed forward but Breeden was equal to Brookby’s curling effort on 57 minutes. Stefan Moore replaced Jay Denny on 69 minutes as Moors re focussed on attack.
With 17 minutes remaining Dickinson was red carded for a dangerous tackle on the advancing Nottingham but Moors were unable to take advantage of their superior numbers. They were throwing everything at Guiseley’s defence but were undone with just ten minutes left when Drench launched a goal kick well into their half straight to the feet of Brooksby whose pass to Boyes ended when he was brought down from behind by Langdon. Referee O’Donnell had the red card out immediately and Breeden could do nothing about Brooksby’s well taken penalty to his right.
Drench saved well from a close range shot from Bogle but Moors could not break back and for the fourth time in the last six weeks went down to a 1-0 score line – all but one at home. They sink back to 10th in the table, eight points behind Guiseley who now occupy the last of the play off positions.
Solihull Travel to bottom team Hyde on Monday night before the trip next Saturday to former Championship outfit Stockport County.
Full Time: Solihull Moors 0-1 Guiseley (Half Time: 0-0)
Solihull Moors: Tony Breeden, Michael Nottingham, Dominic Langdon, Jay Denny (Stefan Moore), Liam Daly, Rob Elvins (Jordan Gough), Richard Taundry (Reece Fleet), Owen Story, Omar Bogle, Ryan Beswick, Darryl Knights. Subs not used: Darren Acton, Darren Byfield.
Following a request from North Ferriby and the Football Conference, the rearranged league match scheduled for the 10th March has been pushed back a week to Tuesday 17th March, 7.45pm kickoff.
Moors Hit Four In Derby Win
Worcester City 1-4 Solihull Moors
Tuesday 24th February 2015
It is becoming impossible to predict Moors results these days: They beat league leaders Barrow away from home easily 10 days ago only to lose at relegation threatened Gainsborough last Saturday. It would have been a brave man to have forecast Tuesday nights result when Solihull visited Kidderminster Harriers stadium to take on a Worcester City squad that has already seen off Coventry City in the FA Cup, and then held Scunthorpe to a draw in Round Two before going out in one of the longest penalty shoot outs ever. Worcester stood one point in front of Moors before the kick off.
The opening 5 minutes was edged by the home team but that was as good as it got for the Blues. Omar Bogle was denied by the legs of Thomas on 10 minutes as he shot for goal, whilst Stefan Moore suffered the same fate but this time off the goal keeper’s feet. Moors had to wait until the 27th minute to open their account when a long throw from Dominic Langdon was headed away only to fall at the feet of Darryl Knights who glanced up before drilling the ball into the right hand corner of the net from an acute angle.
Solihull were relentless and 2 minutes later Bogle and Moore combined brilliantly for the big striker to ram home number two, this time to the keepers left. Knights went wide just after the half hour mark, whilst on 35 minutes Tony Breeden had his first action of the night confidently intercepting a cross into the six yard box. Bogle chipped keeper Ryan Boot but was wide and Richard Taundry tried a 25 yard effort before referee Hendley blew for the end of the half.
Breeden saved from Evans on 51 minutes and ace striker Daniel Nti was starting to look menacing. Dunkley went wide of the post on the hour mark. Manager Bignot brought on Owen Story to exploit the right flank and it was Beswick’s searching ball to him on 67 minutes that brought the third goal; As Story thundered into the box Wayne Thomas stuck out a foot to divert the ball past the hapless Boot, who could do nothing but watch it drift into his net.
Breeden got down well to save from Evans whilst the hosts did momentarily revive their interest in proceedings in the 74th minute when a high looping ball floated across Breeden’s goal and Aaron Brown, released by Moors last October, out jumped the defence to head home. However it was too little too late as the impressive Bogle added to his tally with ten minutes remaining; Jordan Gough crossed from the left into the path of Moors number nine but before he could make contact he was brought down by Thomas just on the wrong side of the 18 yard line. Bogle took the ensuing free kick which seemed to take a deflection from City’s captain Deeney and for the second time Boot could only watch as the ball hit the back of the net.
Reece Fleet should have made it five when with the goal at his mercy he side footed wide, but the final whistle blew for another brilliant away win for the Mighty Moors which puts them back to ninth in the league. On Saturday they entertain Guiseley at the Autotech Stadium KO 3.00 pm, whilst next Monday the travel to bottom Club Hyde.
Many thanks to Rob Bazley and Worcester City for photos.
Full Time: Worcester City 1-4 Solihull Moors (Half Time: 0-2)
Goals: Darryl Knights (27), Omar Bogle (29 & 80), Own Goal (67)
Solihull Moors: Tony Breeden, Michael Nottingham, Dominic Langdon, Jay Denny, Liam Daly, Rob Elvins, Richard Taundry (Reece Fleet), Stefan Moore (Owen Story), Omar Bogle, Ryan Beswick, Darryl Knights (Jordan Gough). Subs not used: Junior English, Jean-Michel Gueyes.
Solihull Moors Win at the Emirates!
The excitement has been building for weeks but at 7.10 am on Tuesday 17th February the coach finally left Moors Autotech Stadium for the long trip down to Arsenal’s Emirates complex. On board were the 12 players of the Under 16’s Disabled team, parents, 3 football coaches, photographer (big thanks to Rachel Keane) and two volunteers from SoLO the Chelmsley Wood based charity.
When the Disabled section was established in the autumn last year under the leadership of Dan Lanni, nobody could foresee how quickly it would take off and today it has 54 players on its books. It certainly sounded like it as well with the enthusiastic singing all the way down to North London.
Once at the training pitches it was straight into the changing rooms where the Solihull player’s kits were hanging on the wall and each of the team had their own allocated space. With every squad member proudly wearing his Moors shirt, it was time for the “team talk” from the Gaffer and then outside for a short training session before the start of the serious part of the day, the first of two 15 minute games against different Arsenal squads. The format was nine a side with “rolling” substitutes so that everybody got their fair share of the action.
In the first match the mighty Moors overcame a one goal deficit to win 2–1, and it was the same final score in the last match. As Dan Lanni was to comment “They were fantastic – behaviour, attitude, technical ability and social skills”
Lunch was taken on the “Honours” benches at the Emirates Stadium – it was a race to get the Thierry Henry and Denis Bergkamp seats! Then came a picture session in the press room where Arsene Wenger does his TV interviews, before a tour of the dressing rooms – all the first team kits were hanging up and the entire Moors entourage were able to have their picture taken seated below the kit of their favourite Arsenal player.
Things just got better and better as they were lead out of the tunnel and into the magnificent Emirates Stadium – yet more photos! Finally close ups with the FA Cup and Community Shield both of which are currently held by the Gunners.
It was smiles all the way back to Solihull – as one of the players said: “This has been the best day of my life”
Solihull Moors would like to thank Arsenal FC for facilitating this day full of memories.
The section is the fastest growing one in the club, a testament to the work of Mark Fogarty (Community Officer) , Barry Walker (Community Manager) and Manager of the Disabled Section Dan Lanni. The Football Sessions are held at John Henry Newman Catholic College, Chelmsley Wood.
For further information telephone Mark Fogarty on 07564 926231
Solihull Life Opportunities (SoLO) is a charity which enables children, young people and adults with learning disabilities to enjoy social and leisure activities that the rest of us take for granted. SoLO operate throughout Solihull.
Moors Beaten By Three From Trinity
Gainsborough 3-1 Solihull Moors
Saturday 21st February 2015
Moors met Gainsborough Trinity times, winning six, losing 6 and drawing the rest. They have scored 24 goals and conceded 20. By Gainsborough standards this has been a poor season and at the start of play they stood one point above the relegation zone. However, with the recent signing of four new players their Board have sent a clear message to opposing teams. With last weeks win at Barrow now a memory, this would be no breeze in the park for Solihull.
Moors almost opened their account after good work from Gough and Moore earned a corner from which Trinity’s Quinn rattled his own cross bar. However on eight minutes they were undone when Byrne, on his debut, power headed his team ahead from a Toner corner. It might have been worse but for poor finishing from Toner and Beesley as the home team pushed forward.
On the half hour mark the combination down the right flank of Nottingham and Moore almost opened up the Gainsborough defence but a last ditch clearance from Quinn diverted the ball to safety. Almost immediately Bogle fired straight at on loan keeper Watson and whilst Solihull had the ball in the net with 5 minutes of the half left to play, Story’s strike did not stand as Moore was adjudged to have handled the ball before laying the pass on.
The impressive loanee Rory Watson from Hull saved from almost point blank range as the whistle beckoned but not before at the other end Davis blasted over the bar.
Solihull looked strong from the restart with Moore side footing wide but he made amends on the hour mark breaking down the left flank as his cross found Bogle who swept the ball into the net for Moors equaliser. Almost from the kick Bogle launched a screamer from the edge of the 18 yard box but Watson was equal to it and two minutes later he tested the keeper again but with no success.
On 66 minutes poor defending saw the visitors back in trouble; Moors conceded a free kick on the half way line and two touches later Davis had fired Trinity back in front. Elvins made way for Langdon at the back as Manager Bignot re arranged the team to allow Daly to spearhead the attack but with five minutes of normal time left Gainsborough wrapped up the points when they were awarded a penalty; Taundry seemed to push Stamp in full view of referee Davidson who pointed immediately to the spot and Russell calmly slotted the ball home.
With 4 minutes of added time Moors saw Bogle hit the cross bar but Moore could get no real power as he headed goalwards from the rebound. Gainsborough were good for their victory but Moors were left to rue the needless second goal and poor finishing generally.
Thanks to Kristan Smith and Gainsborough Trinity for use of match photos
Full Time: Gainsborough Trinity 3-1 Solihull Moors (Half Time: 1-0)
Goal: Omar Bogle (56mins)
Solihull Moors: Tony Breeden, Michael Nottingham, Jordan Gough, Richard Taundry, Liam Daly, Rob Elvins (Dominic Langdon), Owen Story (Jean-Michel Gueyes), Stefan Moore, Omar Bogle, Ryan Beswick, Junior English. Subs not used: Darren Byfield, Darren Acton, Jay Denny.
Lily Mae Foundation Charity Match
Solihull Moors: 6 Lily Mae Foundation XI: 3
Sunday 15th February 2015
The Autotech Stadium Charity Match for the Brooks Macdonald Trophy
Lily Mae Foundation Supporting Parents and Families after a Stillbirth or Neonatal Death
A rapturous applause greeted both teams as they took to the pitch for the Lily Mae Foundation Charity Match. Moors had rushed back from the league victory at Barrow the day before whilst the Foundations team of ex Midland professionals might have had a few “old kids” in their numbers but they had certainly been round the block a few times!
Whilst parents explained to their children the significance of names such as Mooney, Withe, Horsfield, Busst, Sneekes and O’Connor, The Solihull team methodically set about winning the Brooks Macdonald Trophy – it has been a while since the Moors put anything new in the trophy cabinet and just to be on the safe side had brought back for the day Theo Streete from Nuneaton and Jas Singh from Kidderminster. Moreover a new midfield dynamo was introduced to the fans as Marcus Bignot took his place in the middle of the park whilst Assistant Manager Simon Redhead commanded the centre of the back line.
Although Moors had the best of the early exchanges it was clear that players such as Tommy Mooney, Paul Devlin, Ashley Sammons (All Birmingham City), Richard Sneekes, Ian Hamilton (West Brom), and Lee Hendrie (Villa) would punish any poor defending. Fortunately Moors were taking the game to their illustrious opponents with Byfield and Gary Birch dangerous if not on target. On 8 minutes Jay Denny launched a rocket from all of 25 yards giving Andy Masters no chance as Solihull took the lead. However, the Keeper produced an instinctive reaction save almost immediately to deny Redhead from six yards.
As the Foundation X1 finally got into gear with Sneekes and Hendrie making full use of both wings, they were caught on the break on 27 minutes when Denny pounced in the 18 yard box to put in his second goal around the advancing Masters. Almost from the restart the Moors mid fielder unleashed a 25 yarder which Masters pushed onto the bar and away to safety. With ten minutes of the half left the visitors had three shots on goal thwarted in a single goal mouth struggle (Sammons, Taylor and Horsfield) but again Moors broke with Byfield putting Jean–Michelle Gueyes through for an easy tap in and goal number 3.
With Birchie then hitting the bar The Foundation rallied requiring a fine save from Darren Acton to deny Ryan Amoo, Hendrie hitting the outside of the upright and then on the end of a great through ball from Mooney, Hendrie again bringing a good save from Acton. Moors made major changes to their playing force throughout the second half but right at the start it was Darren Acton saving from Mooney at point blank range. Sammons hit well over the bar as he rounded Reece Fleet but Moors had the upper hand with Denny firing over from a free kick outside the box, Captain Darren Byfield shooting wide and Omar Bogle stretching Masters to a fine save. The pressure paid dividends on 63 minutes when Liam Daly drilled a low shot through the legs of Martin Taylor to the keepers left for Solihull’s fourth goal. Just two minutes later Bogle put Gueyes through for his second goal before skimming the top of the bar himself from 25 yards.
With only pride at stake still the visitors came back and it was Sammons pass to the ever youthful Mooney that resulted in their first goal. It was the start of a last 13 minute surge by the old kids, notwithstanding a trade mark Moors sixth goal from Bogle which from 30 yards gave Masters no chance. With six minutes on the clock Tony Breeden, playing left back, pulled Mooney to the ground and from the resulting penalty he notched his second goal. Then with the referee about to blow the final whistle, he did it again and once more the ex Blues striker gratefully sent Acton the wrong way for his hat trick and Man of the Match Award. A 6–3 win for Moors, fun football played in a spirited manner but most importantly an injection of funds to this wonderful charity which is addressing the awful legacy of a still birth or neonatal deaths.
The Lily Mae Foundation was set up in July 2010and achieved charitable status in 2012. Every day, 11 babies are stillborn and six newborn babies (Neonatal Death) die in the UK – that’s 6,500 baby deaths a year. This shocking statistic is something the public is not generally aware of. Most people think stillbirths don’t happen in the 21st century. Stillbirth and Neonatal Death are taboo subjects, yet stillbirth in the UK is 10 times more common than cot death.
The Lily Mae Foundation is determined to change public perception of Stillbirth and Neonatal Death.
Donations to The Lily Mae Foundation will be used to help and support Parents and Families that have been affected by the death of a baby.
If you want to know more about the Charity or to help in any way further details can be found at http://www.lilymaefoundation.org/
Moors Beat League Leaders
Barrow 1-3 Solihull Moors
Saturday 14th February 2015
Last Season Moors gained just one solitary point from their first seven games of the New Year before they returned to winning ways. This year since Boxing Day it has been three points from seven games but to turn things round away to league leaders Barrow seemed unlikely given they have only been beaten once at home this campaign. However football is a strange game and teams do not become bad overnight!
It was all action from the first whistle with Haworth unleashing a swerving 20-yard drive, parried to safety by a one-handed save from Tony Breeden. Moors might have taken the lead on 6 minutes when Owen Story found Rob Elvins in the box but the close range header was wide. Keeper Taylor saved well from Darren Knight’s effort on 10 minutes. Knights and Story would continue to cause the Bluebirds defensive problems all afternoon.
At the home end Breeden saved well from Cook as he cut in from the left and it was the Solihull shot stopper again denying Walker’s glancing header. However there was little he could do in the 25th minute when he faced Walker, this time from the penalty spot, after he had been brought down by Jordan Gough, the striker coolly blasting his side into the lead. Moors retaliated immediately and gained sweet revenge on 34 minutes as Omar Bogle netted from the penalty spot ; Grand brought him down as he met Gough’s corner and he dusted himself down before side footing home his twentieth goal of the season. It might have been short lived as the Bluebirds stormed back but hot shot Andy Cook fluffed a golden opportunity following a weak back pass with only Breeden to beat.
Barrow were left to rue that miss on 41 minutes when Stefan Moore broke from defence and Ryan Beswick’s pin point pass allowed Bogle his second of the day as he stroked the ball passed the hapless keeper Taylor sending in Solihull 2 -1 to the good at the interval.
Moors looked confident as the game resumed with Moore volleying over from 18 yards after good work from Bogle. Liam Daly headed wide from a Beswick free kick after a cynical foul on Gough on 65 minutes and it was no surprise with just a quarter on an hour to play that Moors effectively wrapped up the three points; After good work from Michael Nottingham and Owen Story the ball fell to the irrepressible Beswick who put Moore through for a one on one and he coolly out guessed the unfortunate Taylor. It could have been more as English headed wide from a Beswick chip soon after.
Breeden had the better of a long range effort from Lacey and despite 6 minutes of added time Solihull saw out the game without any scares to put themselves back in the ring for a possible play off place; with most of the leading teams failing to win Solihull are tenth in the league but just five places off the magical top five. What will be equally pleasing for Manager Marcus Bignot is that Omar Bogle is back as the leagues top scorer with 21 goals this season.
Next Saturday Moors continue their travels to Gainsborough Trinity who despite being in the bottom five never fail to push Solihull all the way.
Solihull Moors: Tony Breeden, Michael Nottingham, Jordan Gough, Reece Fleet, Liam Daly, Rob Elvins, Owen Story (Darren Byfield), Stefan Moore (Jay Denny), Omar Bogle, Ryan Beswick, Darryl Knights (Junior English). Subs not used: Richard Taundry, Jean-Michel Gueyes.
Bogle On Standby For England
Moors top scorer Omar Bogle has been named in the contingency squad for England C's match away against Cyprus U21s on 17th February. Omar made his England debut in November, scoring the opening goal in a 4-2 win over Estonia U23s.
Manager Paul Fairclough has named a 16 man squad for the tie in Cyprus, along with a 14 man contingency squad which includes the Moors top goalscorer. The final squad will be decided nearer the game.
It is continued recognition for the Vanarama Conference North's top scorer's hard work this season. Congratulations Omar!!