Reserves Get Off To Winning Start
( 1 Vote )
Sunday, 31 August 2014 12:46

Quorn30Aug-2Solihull Reserves got their Season off to a good start at the attractive Farley Way Stadium with a 4-2 victory. Quorn FC is a well-run and welcoming Club, and their Ground rather attractive. However, the young Moors did not stand around and admire the beautify. They got down to work right away. Straight from Kick-Off they showed that they meant business. A good move on the left, allowed Tsamas to open their account. Just over ten minutes later the scores were level, as Quorn were awarded a penalty, converted with aplomb by Honour. This seemed to set Solihull back and until the break things were rather even-steven.

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After the re-start it was a different story. Solihull were well on top. Even the Booking of Lewis Hayden did not dampen their spirit. Yet worse was to come. On fifty-two minutes a terrible mix-up in defence allowed Buckingham to put the home side ahead. That was enough for the visitors. They imposed their authority, their skill and their tactical know-how on their visitors. Nesbitt drew the sides level on fifty-seven minutes:

 

Then two goals in two minutes by Coleing and Nesbitt put the Moors in front and out of sight. Oh, Quorn played some football, tried to put the Moors under pressure but Coleing and Delaney at the heart of defence held firm. Nesbitt continued to be a thorn in Quorn’s side and Tsamas ran the flank ragged on one side, whilst Hobbs and Zaman when he arrived, did the same on the right. At the end it was a convincing victory. Yes, they were tested, but they weathered the storm and went on to take the honours.

 

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Third Straight Defeat For Moors
( 6 Votes )
Sunday, 31 August 2014 07:42

barrowfpIf a week is a long time in politics then a year in football can be an eternity! This time last year unbeaten Solihull Moors were challenging for the top spot whilst Barrow, just relegated from the Conference Premier were languishing near the bottom with just four points. At the end of last Saturday’s seven goal thriller it was Barrow who head the league whilst Moors have the four points and are in the bottom three. And yet again it could have been so different had it not been for more goals given away.

Since last season Barrow have had a massive cash injection and it showed in a team hell bent on moving forward with fast breaks down both wings. That said the first real chance fell to Moors when in the second minute Junior English hit the outside of the upright but they had Tony Breeden to thank as he denied Reid after six minutes as the Blue Birds gathered momentum. The first goal came on 14 minutes when Pilkington crossed to Walker but the header hit the post only to go in off a deflection from the Moors keeper. A resilient Solihull side quickly took the game to the visitors with Omar Bogle shooting over from the restart and they levelled on 20 minutes when a defence splitting cross from Jordan Gough was met by Owen Story on the far side of the goal. Almost immediately Story went close again producing a fine save from McMillan.

brownyleapThe game swung in Solihull’s favour with almost the last kick of the half, just after Breeden had kept his side in the running with two consecutive brave dives at the feet of Walker and Grand; Darryl Knight found Bogle some 25 yards out and the big striker turned and unleashed a screamer which thundered into the far corner of the net off the goal post.

Moors had the opportunity to add to their tally on 47 minutes but with the keeper at his mercy Knights failed to properly connect. The lead last only four minutes from the restart as Cook was left unattended and an easy header from Ray – Harvey’s cross crept into the net despite Breeden just getting a hand to it. Things went from bad to worse on 53 minutes when a mix up between Breeden and Rob Elvins saw the Captain head an innocuous high cross from Willis over the keepers head as Breeden came off his line for Barrow’s third.

omar1stcelebrationA shell shocked Solihull still looked capable of rescuing something from the game but lack of finishing in the final third did not help the cause. The Bluebirds made a double substitution on 70 minutes and promptly scored a fourth as Breeden‘s clearance went straight to Ellison who from all of thirty yards riffled the ball in to the back of the net. Moors to their credit never stopped attacking and on 76 minutes Daly headed Beswick’s free kick back across the face of the box to Bogle who made sure from six yards

With Gough shooting over on 80 minutes Moors misery was compounded one minute from time when Story was carried off after a cynical tackle from behind. They had yet again done enough to take all three points but mistakes plummeted Solihull to the wrong end of the league table. Next Saturday they travel to Hull for a hard game against title chasers North Ferriby Kick Off 3.00 pm.

 

Full Time: Solihull Moors 3-4 Barrow (Half Time: 2-1)

Goals: Owen Story, Omar Bogle(2)

Attendance: 411

Man of the Match (Sponsored by Cucina Kitchens): Owen Story

Solihull Moors: Tony Breeden, Michael Nottingham, Jordan Gough, Reece Fleet, Liam Daly, Robert Elvins, Owen Story (Aaron Brown 90), Junior English, Omar Bogle, Ryan Beswick, Darryl Knights. Sub not used: Jay Denny, Richard Taundry, Darren Byfield, Keenah Rosser.

 


 
Birmingham Senior Cup Draw
( 3 Votes )
Thursday, 28 August 2014 08:35

The first round draw of this season's Birmingham Senior Cup sees the Moors given an away tie against AFC Wulfrunians. The Wolverhampton based side are members of the Midland Football League Premier Division (formerly the Midland Football Alliance), A date for this tie will be announced soon.


Birmingham Senior Cup 2014/15 - 1st Round Draw

AFC Wulfrunians vs Solihull Moors
Coventry Sphinx vs Redditch United
Romulus vs Birmingham City
Alvechurch vs Causeway United
Hednesford Town vs Tamworth
Sutton Coldfield Town vs Walsall
Lye Town vs Tipton Town
Rugby Town vs Burton Albion
Stratford Town vs Wolverhampton Wanderers
Bedworth United vs Coleshill Town
Continental Star vs Banbury United
Halesowen Town vs Coventry City
Boldmere St Michaels vs Leamington
Tividale vs Nuneaton Town
Stourbridge vs Rushall Olympic

Holders West Bromwich Albion are given a bye to the 2nd Round
Ties to be played on or by the 25th October

 


 
Moors Defeated Again
( 7 Votes )
Monday, 25 August 2014 19:13

It was a defensive error and lack of scoring opportunities on Bank Holiday Monday when Moors travelled to Hednesford for their third league meeting in recent years where honours were even before the game. The rain had not stopped all day and the slippery windy conditions continued right through the match.

Liam Daly was first in the action for Solihull with an off target header from a Richard Taundry free kick, but two consecutive corners for the Pitmen provided all the evidence if it was needed, that new centre forward Glover signed from Nuneaton, was going to be a danger. After a good move from Moors on 14 minutes involving Story, Brown and English, it was indeed Glover who broke through the Solihull defence to set up Peers whose stinging shot was well saved by Tony Breeden.

Aaron Brown collided with the Home dug-out on 21 minutes resulting in a heavily bandaged wrist to add to Moors problems where Dom Langdon was already clearly in some difficulty with a leg injury. Solihull, nevertheless had some good fortune on 25 minutes when Breeden miss-kicked the ball to the edge of the 18 yard line but the Hednesford player, with an empty goal at his mercy, headed the ball straight back to the Solihull keeper. However, there was little he could do when Moors were dispossessed following a short Elvin’s pass across the middle of the park when Peers robbed Daly and coolly chipped Breeden for the opening goal.

Moors tried to get back at their hosts with the best chance falling to Junior English on a very tight one on one with ex moors shot stopper Crane where the Moorsman was hurt as he unsuccessfully tried to convert and collided with the keeper.

Jordan Gough was on for the injured Langdon from the restart and with just 10 minutes of the half gone Daly met a Taundry free kick and from six yards gave Crane no chance as the equaliser was smashed in. Breeden dived bravely at Peer’s feet to deny the winger as the Pitmen poured forward, and it was Peers again on 67 minutes going just wide of the left hand upright. Ryan Beswick replaced the limping English on 70 minutes and almost immediately he was through for a one on one with Crane but the bullet of a shot hit the underside of the crossbar and away to safety.

Both teams were searching for the elusive winner; Peers was again foiled by last man Breeden whilst Taylor hit the outside of the woodwork for Hednesford. Breeden made two excellent one handed saves but the home side was edging the game and on 85 minutes found the back of the net after good play between Robinson and Francis who scored the eventual winner. Moors might have salvaged something at the death but substitute Michael Taylor blasted over the bar from a pin point Taundry corner in the last minute of the game.

 

Full Time: Hednesford Town 2-1 Solihull Moors

Goal: Liam Daly

Solihull Moors: Tony Breeden, Michael Nottingham, Dominic Langdon (Jordan Gough 46), Jay Denny, Liam Daly, Rob Elvins, Owen Story (Michael Taylor 79), Junior English (Ryan Beswick 69), Omar Bogle, Richard Taundry, Aaron Brown. Subs not used: Reece Fleet, Darren Byfield.

 


 
Clinical City Conquer Careless Moors
( 12 Votes )
Sunday, 24 August 2014 06:52

oxford1Since Oxford City were promoted to the league three seasons ago Moors have taken maximum points away but at home it has been a different story with a defeat and a draw. Surely this was the day, after last weeks emphatic win at Stalybridge, for Solihull to take all three points. Four minutes into the game it looked anything like that!

With the visitors second foray into Moors' back third Rob Elvins was dispossessed on the edge of the box by centre forward Yussef who took the ball onto his left foot and squeezed his shot passed Breeden in off the upright. A shocked Solihull tried to reply immediately with Omar Bogle going wide with a speculative effort on 5 minutes. Owen Story shot over the bar from a corner on 9 minutes and almost immediately an opportunist shot from Michael Nottingham also failed to worry keeper Scott. Junior English failed to connect with a back header following Knights corner but on the break Oxford’s left winger Winter found Del Alamo in Breeden’s box but his shot lacked any power.

oxford2Moors attacked in waves with Knights and Bogle both worrying the visiting keeper but their best chance came on 24 minutes when Story crossed to English who with just the keeper to beat, headed wide. Oxford came straight back and on 26 minutes Barcelos rounded Gough on the by-line and put in a hard low cross met by the incoming Yussef for his second goal of the day. Moors should have equalised within seconds of the restart when Reece Fleet’s screamer from 20 yards hit the cross bar with Scott beaten and Bogle was then off target.

oxford3On the half hour mark Marcus Bignot replaced English with Ryan Beswick who had been out of action since last season with injury, and it was he who started the move for Moors to redress the balance on 33 minutes ending with a superb left footed shot from Bogle into the right hand corner of the net. In the final 10 minutes of the half Knights was oh so close with Scott producing a fabulous save with his legs as the ball headed goal wards and Bogle clearing the bar, whilst at the other end Barcelos missed a chance to extend his sides lead but shot wide with Breeden to beat and both Gough and Denny throwing themselves in front of the ball as Oxford attacked.

Oxford immediately took the game to their hosts as the second half got under way but this time Yussef in a one on one with Breeden shot wide. Moors were soon into their stride as Bogle’s effort was palmed away by Scott and on 49 minutes a Beswick free kick eluded the keeper but hit the legs of a defender and squirmed away to safety. Knights shot over but as Solihull attacked they were caught on the break and from a corner not defended Santiago was on hand to head home Oxford’s third goal. Dom Langdon and Darren Bayfield were brought on in the 63 minute and it was from a Langdon knock down that Bogle’s drive was cleared off the line. Both Daly and Gough saw their headers clear the cross bar but Moors had to wait until the 83rd minute for the next goal when Fleet got onto the end of a clearance from Beswick’s free kick and volleyed from all of 20 yards into the back of the net

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Solihull pressed on in search of the equaliser with Gough, Bogle and Daly all off target and were unable to seize the initiative in the fourth minute of added time when Scott spilled a long throw from Langdon. Moors had done more than enough to earn a share of the points but on the day it was not to be and they must now ready themselves for a second game in 48 hours when they travel to Hednesford on Bank Holiday Monday

 

Full Time: Solihull Moors 2 - 3 Oxford City (Half Time: 1-2)

Goals: Omar Bogle (33), Reece Fleet (83)

Attendance: 328

Man of the Match (Sponsored by Cucina Kitchens): Jay Denny

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

 

 


 
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
( 9 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.

MYFL Website

 


 
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.

 


 
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