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)
Solihull 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.
On 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.
Moors 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.
A 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)
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
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)
Oxford 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.
Moors 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.
To 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.
Solihull 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.
The 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.
Bradford 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.
Tony 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)
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.
Ilkeston 1 - 0 Solihull Moors
Saturday 27th September 2014 - FA Cup 2nd Qualifying Round
With an unchanged team for the third game running, Moors were instantly pressuring their hosts when Daly’s header from a Beswick corner was cleared off the line, although Adams, Ilkeston’s recent addition to the England C squad, soon showed why he is being watched by bigger clubs as he skimmed past Michael Nottingham with only Elvin’s tackle there to prevent a real threat on 4 minutes. Solihull could have taken an early lead but Byfield’s shot from 12 yards was well saved by Smith. It was from one of Dom Langdon’s long throws that Solihull’s best chance came on 21 minutes; Daly met the ball as Lane cleared off the line only to see it cannon off the cross bar to Bogle but his header also met with the same fate. Moors followed with three consecutive corners but could not find a way through.
Darryl Knights goal bound shot from 18 yards took a deflection as it sailed wide on 24 minutes whilst on the half hour mark Breeden did well to foil Duffy’s low effort as it bobbled in front of him. The Moors keeper also was alert as a deflected shot looked bound for the right hand corner. However, the game effectively turned on 38 minutes when with a rash uncharacteristic double footed tackle by Fleet downed Richards for which the Moors midfielder was immediately red carded by referee Salisbury. Moors to their credit still looked dangerous as the first half ebbed away with a bullet header from Langdon at point blank range producing an incredible save from Smith.
Manager Bignot took off Byfield and Beswick at the restart with Denny and Taundry on to bolster the midfield but the ten men Moors were under the cosh as The Robins made the most of their numerical superiority. Adams was a real handful down the left flank whilst Richards was finding too much room down the right and twice only Daly stood between him and a possible goal. Adams shot over with an hour played whilst ex Nottingham Forest David Morgan unleashed a screamer on 68 minutes which touched the cross bar on its way over but with Moors largley confined to their own half a goal seemed inevitable: It duly arrived on 78 minutes from a defence splitting Morgan free kick which was well met by Captain Maguire whose header from 5 yards gave Breeden no chance.
Aaron Brown replaced Rob Elvins with 10 minutes remaining as Moors tried to claw something back and it was the tall substitute who was denied with a header by Smith on 87 minutes. In the first of the two minutes of added time Ilkeston had the ball in the net again only for Duffy to be ruled well off side but then with the penultimate touch of the game Moors had their best chance of the afternoon to score; Knights was through for a one on one with Smith but again the keeper reacted well to clear the shot but only as far as Bogle whose shot was cleared off the line by Wallace
Many thanks to Craig Lamont Photography for the match photos - www.craiglamontphotography.com
With Gloucester requiring a replay this week, the league match scheduled for this Tuesday has been postponed.
Full Time: Ilkeston 1 - 0 Solihull Moors (Half Time: 0-0)
Solihull Moors: Tony Breeden, Michael Nottingham, Dominic Langdon, Reece Fleet, Liam Daly, Rob Elvins (Aaron Brown 80), Darren Byfield (Jay Denny HT), Junior English, Omar Bogle, Ryan Beswick (Richard Taundry HT), Darryl Knights. Subs not used: Deale Chamberlain, Aitor Espoja, Jordan Gough, Keenah Rosser.
Community Development Update
Solihull Moors has now restructured to become a Community Interest Club (CIC) – a club run by its supporters and for the benefit of everybody in the borough of Solihull. Since the financial problems which beset the club some two years ago a band of professionals and die-hard supporters have worked tirelessly to financially stabilise the club but equally importantly, to make Solihull Moors an integral part of the local community. To this end strong links have been forged with Solihull Council, our local MP Lorely Burt, West Midlands Police Force and Colleges in both the north and south sides of the Borough.
“Whilst so many clubs are losing touch with their supporters and communities, I am delighted that Solihull Moors have made inroads to integrate its supporters, the community, businesses, and the local authority as partners into the fabric of our Football Club.” Marcus Bignot - Director of Football and Manager
Mark Fogarty was brought in as Community Development Officer and following his experience in similar roles with Birmingham City, Coventry City, Walsall and Wycombe Wanderers, he could see immediate opportunities to introduce a Schools Education Programme as part of the curriculum for schools joining up with the club. This encompasses not just football but also multi sports such as hockey, cricket, rounders, athletics and tennis as well as agility, balance and coordination.
"I am very excited about the direction in which our Club is moving. With the excellent team behind me, I am determined to achieve a full, sustainable and inclusive development scheme that will cater for all abilities" Mark Fogarty - Head of Youth Development and Community Officer
To date 15 schools (some 500 pupils) from all parts of the Borough and surrounding areas are participating in the physical education scheme and 9 qualified coaches (levels 1–3) have been employed to front line the operation. So far as extra curriculum football activities, the club plans to introduce Pay & Play Development Centres in the coming months.
The clubs Community Development does not stop at schools; Already under way is the establishment of a Disabled section (it is planned to enter teams for the under 13’s and under 16’s next season in the seven a side leagues) and also “walking” football for the over 40’s. These will augment the Solihull Moors Little League, already running for the under 9’s, and the entire youth structure.
The scheme also embraces after-school Sports Clubs, School Soccer Camps and has an unequivocal objective to ensure that these facilities are also there for those people who for a variety of reasons would not normally have the opportunity - Social Inclusion is high on the priority list, an area where Jay Denny (pictured left), one of the first team squad has been heavily involved for the past 12 months.
Following on from the successful School Summer Camp in August, another will be held during the forthcoming October half term break for football mad children between school years 1 -8. Further details will be published shortly but it is envisaged that there will be 50 places under the watchful eye of 4 coaches. The club is also running a “Safeguarding” course on the 10th October for anyone involved with children / child protection – some spaces are still available.
For further information on any of the topics contained above please phone
Mark Fogarty (07564 926231) or Barry Walker (07854 414626)
Solihull Moors 2 - 2 Stockport County
Saturday 20th September 2014 - Vanarama Conference North
It is 12 years since Stockport began a slide which has seen them drop from the Football league Championship to the Conference North: They hold the dubious honour of being the only club to have dropped so far from the second tier of English Football. Last season Moors took 5 points in their two games against the hatters but the visitors have started well this season and are tipped for a climb back up the ladder. This season’s biggest crowd was at the Autotech to see how the resurgent Solihull would fare.
Reece Fleet chipped a free kick from 30 yards which was spilled by goa keeper Hurst before being cleared and there was nobody on to Darryl Knight’s perfect cross on 6 minutes. Darren Byfield’s pace saw him zip pass three defenders but his cross evaded the Moors front men. Omar Bogle lashed a twenty yarder over the bar on 12 minutes and went just wide of the upright seconds later. On 25 minutes Ryan Beswick was well tackled as he advanced towards the keeper whilst Solihull’s best chance fell to Bogle whose shot beat Hurst but was cleared off the line by Gregson
It was end to end football as both teams looked for the break through bur Moors back four was solid whilst Tony Breeden produced a great save from Sharp and a clean punch out under pressure from the resulting corner. On 38 minutes Beswick’s corner beat Hurst but also eluded the incoming Rob Elvins and it was Breeden again rescuing his team as County broke and he saved first point blank from Dennis in a one to one and in the dying seconds of the half from Gregson six yards out
With four minutes of the second half played County broke the deadlock when Sharp out jumped the Solihull defence to score from a corner. However, almost from the restart Moors equalised as Knights got on the end of Bogle’s through ball and deftly slid it into the left hand corner – three goals in consecutive games for the Moors marksman. Bogle headed over from Daly’s nod on 55 minutes, Beswick was wide as Solihull pressed forward with some delightful one touch football, and Bogle was dispossessed as he teed up a close range effort on the hour mark. Then on 71 minutes Knights found Bogle, the big striker passed to Beswick on the right who curled an exquisite left foot shot passed Hurst to put Moors in front.
As the game approached its final ten minutes Stockport threw everything at the hosts forcing Moors back but just when it seemed Solihull would hang on to all three points Stevenson, signed on a months loan from Alfreton two days earlier, was on the end of Milligan’s dink over Daly to steal half of the spoils. Beswick was foiled by Hurst on 90 minutes but Moors had Woolfe to thank as with the last touch of the match he headed wide with the goal at his mercy.
Solihull are away next Saturday to Northern Premier outfit Ilkeston in the second Qualifying round of the FA Cup. Unless that results in a replay they will be back in league action on Tuesday 30th September when they visit Gloucester City.
Final Score: Solihull Moors 2 - 2 Stockport County (Half Time: 0-0)
Goals: Darryl Knights (50), Ryan Beswick (71).
Man of the Match (Sponsored by Cucina Kitchens): Ryan Beswick
Solihull Moors: Tony Breeden, Michael Nottingham, Dominic Langdon, Reece Fleet, Liam Daly, Rob Elvins (c), Darren Byfield, Junior English, Omar Bogle, Ryan Beswick, Darryl Knights. Subs not used: Jay Denny, Aaron Brown, Aitor Espoja, Michael Taylor, Jordan Gough.
Moors Crush Harrogate
Saturday 13th September 2014 - Vanarama Conference North
Moors have played Harrogate fourteen times in the last seven years, winning seven and drawing four. Both teams have had slow starts to the season but both managed impressive wins last week. So after the long haul up from the Midlands, Solihull arrived late but with everything to play for. Moors were quickly into their stride as they controlled the midfield with Liam Daly blasting over the bar and Darryl Knights testing keeper Barnes early on. At the other end Margetts tried a 25 yard looping shot and Tony Breeden was forced to punch away under pressure a dangerous cross. The break through came in the 14th minute; Ryan Beswick slotted the ball to Darren Byfield whose shot was cleared off the line by Heath’s diving header, the clearance landed at the feet of Knights who picked his spot from 14 yards with an exquisite side foot into the right hand corner.
Byfield went close when he chipped Barnes but the ball cleared the bar. However he made no mistake on 23 minutes when Beswick again opened up the Harrogate defence and found Byfield who turned the ball into the net from 8 yards. It was his first senior goal for the club. Town’s afternoon went from bad to worse on the half hour mark when ex-Leeds United Lenighan clattered Michael Nottingham to the floor for which he was red carded by referee Hudson.
With Knights and Beswick now having more room they were running the midfield as Moors bombarded the hosts with forays down both flanks. Dom Langdon was out run by Barnes in a one on one, Reece Fleet’s bullet from 25 yards produced a great save from the keeper and Nottingham headed over as Solihull went in search of a third before the interval. They were, however caught on the break with five minutes to go with Daly clearing off the like from Kendall, and McGurk heading just wide of the upright. Knights was oh so close as got on the end of Beswick’s pass from six yards. Then on 45 minutes Nottingham hit a 25 yard screamer which rebounded off the post straight to the incoming Beswick who rammed the ball into the back of the net to send the visitors 3-0 up at the break.
With Omar Bogle and Beswick going close both from Knight’s through balls Moors looked totally at ease as the second period gathered momentum and it was not until the 53rd minute that Harrogate managed their first shot on goal from Speight whose volley cleared the bar and then Kendall shot wide. Beswick went close on the hour mark but Barnes produced another fine save to palm away the header. Knights thumped the clearance goal wards but McGurk was on hand to clear off the line. Moors got their just deserts on 70 minutes when Bogle collected the ball on the 18 yard line and coolly stroked it into the right hand corner for the fourth goal. Town’s best chance came when Langdon slipped to let in Kerry who seemed to have beaten Breeden but Daly was there to clear off the line. Moors had the chance of a fifth in added time when Bogle and Fleet combined to set up the big striker but he blasted over from 10 yards.
It was a day to savour for the Moors travelling Army; another impressive away win, Omar Bogle going top of the Conference North scorers table and captain Rob Elvins celebrating his 50th game for the club. Next week they host ex Football League Stockport County when another win could shoot Solihull up the league. Kick Off at the Autotech Stadium is 3.00pm.
Many thanks to Peter Arnett and Harrogate Town for use of their match photos.
Full Time: Harrogate Town 0 - 4 Solihull Moors (Half Time: 0 - 3)
Goals: Darryl Knights (14mins), Darren Byfield (23), Ryan Beswick (45), Omar Bogle (70)
Solihull Moors: Tony Breeden, Michael Nottingham, Dominic Langdon, Reece Fleet, Liam Daly, Rob Elvins, Darren Byfield (Lewis Hayden 79), Junior English (Jay Denny 72), Omar Bogle, Ryan Beswick (Richard Taundry 72), Darryl Knights. Subs not used: Michael Taylor, Jordan Gough