Due to North Ferriby's progression in the FA Trophy, the league match due to take place on Saturday 7th February at the Autotech Stadum, has been postponed for a later date. The Moors now face 5 away games in a row before their next home game against Guiseley on 28th February.
Solitary Goal Gives Town Victory
Solihull Moors 0 Harrogate Town 1
24th January 2015 - Vanarama Conference North
Harrogate by their own standards have not enjoyed the best of seasons thus far and their worst home defeat was at the hands of Solihull who beat them 4-0 back in September at Wetherby Road. They have never beaten Moors away in seven seasons of trying but just when Solihull needed to cement their play off position, everything was about to change!
Darryl Knights was first to go close but Peter Crook between the sticks made a comfortable save, the first of many. Tony Breeden was similarly involved early on snatching a corner from Fallowfield after a free kick to the visitors was deflected. Omar Bogle was dispossessed in the penalty area as he tried to get the ball onto his right foot and when Taundry crossed dangerously into the box on the quarter hour mark, there was nobody there to claim it.
Town’s back four was proving hard to break but what was equally worrying was the speed with which wingers Emmett and Fallowfield were breaking down both flanks. Reece Fleet executed a perfectly timed tackle to avoid a one on one on 25 minutes whilst at the other end Beswick’s curling free kick eluded Moors attack. With ten minutes of the half remaining Darren Byfield found Knights inside the 18 yard area but his second attempt on goal lacked pace. The nearest either team came to scoring fell to Bogle but his bending 25 yard left footer was saved by Crook at full stretch.
Referee Bramall indicated two minutes of added time before the interval and Thewlis launched a stinging drive from twenty yards - Breeden did well to get down to parry it but Gascoigne was already on his way into the box and gratefully smashed the ball home to send Gate in one goal to the good.
Marcus Bignot made a double substitution at half time replacing Taundry and Byfield with Owen Story and Stefan Moore but Moors were fortunate that Town’s goal just after the restart was clearly off-side. Nevertheless when Gascoigne crossed to unmarked Clayton just yards off the goal line Solihull breathed a sigh of relief when he shot weakly at Breeden from point blank range. Moors at last found their feet but could rarely test Crook and when they did he was equal to anything fired in his direction. Gough’s cross was inches high for the incoming Beswick, Another defence splitting cross from Beswick found no Solihull men in the area, whilst on the hour mark Bogle’s effort cleared the cross bar. The big striker was also thwarted on 65 minutes as he tried to turn in the six yard box
Club Captain Rob Elvins replaced Knights with 15 minutes to go as Daly assumed lead of the attack. Harrogate were unable to stop long balls finding Daly’s head but Moors could not capitalise of the Knock ons from the giant defender. Then on 78 minutes Beswick curled in an exquisite corner which Bogle blasted goal wards only for another super save from Crook who parried the shot as far as Moore but was able to get to his feet to deflect what looked like a certain equaliser from the recent signing. It was Crook again denying Story and then pushing Beswick’s looping free kick away to safety. Daly headed just wide as the final whistle beckoned but Solihull could not break back.
Solihull are away next Saturday at Leamington and with the scheduled home game against North Ferriby now postponed due to the Yorkshire sides FA Trophy run, the Moors next five games will be away (Leamington, Hyde, Barrow, Gainsborough and Worcester). They desperately need to maximise points if they are to maintain their promotion push.
Full Time: Solihull Moors 0-1 Harrogate Town (Half Time: 0-1)
Solihull Moors: Tony Breeden, Michael Nottingham, Jordan Gough, Reece Fleet, Liam Daly (c), Richard Taundry (Owen Story), Darren Byfield (Stefan Moore) Junior English, Omar Bogle, Ryan Beswick, Darryl Knights (Rob Elvins) Subs not used Darren Acton, Jay Denny.
Solihull MP Becomes Community Patron
Solihull Moors are pleased to announce that Lorely Burt MP has kindly agreed to become Patron of the “Moor” Community Department (Community Moors). Over the past two years Solihull Moors have established themselves in the community as first class providers of sports coaching and sports provision to all within the Borough of Solihull particularly bringing football to the disabled and those in society who otherwise would find it impossible to enjoy the sport.
“I’m delighted to be made a patron of Solihull Moors FC. It has been an honour to support Chairman Trevor Stevens and his brilliant team as they have rescued the club from the monetary difficulties which beset it a couple of years ago and turned it into a Community Interest Club on a sound financial footing. Simultaneously Marcus Bignot has assembled a team challenging for promotion in the Vanarama Conference Football League. The Moors do outstanding work with local charities and social enterprises, particularly bringing football to the disabled and those in society who otherwise would find it difficult to enjoy the sport. I look forward to using my new position as patron to support them in all their efforts”. Lorely Burt, Member of Parliament for Solihull.
Lorely Burt has been a supporter and advisor on all of the initiatives since the start of Community Moors, which has already forged strong partnerships with Solihull Borough Council, West Midlands Police, Birmingham FA, Solo, and The Football Conference Trust. This structure provides a solid footing to grow the clubs activities within the community and Lorely’s appointment as its Patron provides focus, experience and an understanding of the needs of the Borough for the Initiative and further credibility of Moors in the Community
“I cannot think of a better Patron for Community Moors than Lorely Burt. This Local community initiative is by far the most important step forward for us since the merger of Solihull Borough and Moor Green back in 2007 and can only benefit from Lorely’s experience, ability and enthusiasm. Welcome aboard!” Trevor Stevens, Chairman of Solihull Moors
Sunday, 18 January 2015 13:43
Solihull Moors 1 Brackley Town 0
17.01.2015. Vanarama Conference North @ The Autotech Stadium Attendance 364
Brackley were promoted from the Southern League in 2012 finishing in the play off zone in their first Conference North season and just outside last year. There has never been more than one goal between the two teams in their four encounters with both clubs recording two wins each. Brackley were, at the start of the day on an unbeaten four match run whilst Moors has lost their last four.
Moors forced a corner within a minute of the start but were immediately caught on the break as new signing from Northampton Town, David Mayo, advanced on the Solihull goal only to be denied by Tony Breeden who spread himself to narrow the angle and deflected the shot with his feet. As Moors got back into their stride Omar Bogle first set up Fleet and then Beswick who both shot just wide of the post.
Ryan Beswick was playing on the left flank, Marcus Bignot having changed things round after the recent run of defeats, but was to prove instrumental throughout the afternoon; Stefan Moore was the first to miss the target from his pass on 12 minutes. Bogle too was on fire as he cut through the Saints defence, his left foot shot beating keeper Turley but agonisingly the wrong side of the upright.
Brackley broke on 20 minutes with Odhiambo rifling in from 30 yards but causing Breeden no problem as he parried away to safety. Reece Fleet dispossessed Whittall as half time beckoned and found Bogle in the box but he was clipped as he advanced on Turley, the referee deeming surprisingly, no infringement. In the penultimate minute of the half Beswick crossed from the left but as Daly moved in for the conversion Austin’s desperate clearance sent both teams in goalless.
As play resumed Richard Taundry fired passed three defenders to Beswick who was just inches wide but their persistence was rewarded on the hour mark when Bogle was brought down just outside of the eighteen yard box; the league’s leading goal scorer then sent a sublime free kick over the five man wall and beyond the motionless Turley.
Brackley upped the pressure as they sought to salvage something from the game but Solihull were equal to the pressure and might have increased the lead when good work from Daly and Moore set up Fleet but he blasted well over. Mayo again tested Breeden but could find no way round the Solihull shot stopper
A hard fought win for the Moors sees them back in to play off positions and this should stand them in good stead for next weeks home match against Harrogate Town against whom they put four goals in the away fixture earlier this season. This is always a hard fought fixture and the kick off is 3.00 at the Autotech Stadium
Breeden, Nottingham, Gough, Denny, Daly, Taundry (Story 86), Fleet, English (Elvins 86), Bogle, Beswick, Moore (Byfield 75). Subs unused: Acton, Knights.
League Leaders Late Goal Stuns Moors
Wednesday, 14 January 2015 00:00
Solihull Moors 0 AFC Fylde 1
13.01.2015 Vanarama Conference North @ The Autotech Stadium Attendance 363
Fylde is an ambitious club and not without good reason. During the last 12 years their progress has been meteoric; In the Premier Division of the West Lancashire league they were Champions in seven out of eight seasons between the 1999 – 07. In 2008 they won the FA Vase beating Lowestoft Town 2–1 in the final at Wembley Stadium. They won the North West Counties League in 2008/9 and having done the same in the NPL Division One North 2011/12, were promoted from the Premier Division to the Conference North via the play offs last season, since when they have taken the league by storm and at start of play were five points clear at the top, 15 points ahead of their hosts Moors have only played the Coasters twice, both times in Cup matches during 2012/13 - they lost away but won at home.
Another bitterly cold night greeted the two teams but it was Fylde who turned on the heat in the opening 20 minutes. Lloyd-McGoldrick was through in the first minute and Tony Breeden made the first of several fines saves. On 8 minutes Allen found himself in oceans of space on the right flank but despite a good cross, none of the Fylde attack was on hand. Hughes cleared the bar but Moors were lucky on the quarter hour mark when Breeden’s save at the right post suggested the ball had already crossed the goal line.Breeden again foiled Lloyd- McGoldrick’s low shot on 20 minutes whilst Wilson’s effort was wide.
Having weatherd the storm Moors first real chance came at the half way stage of the half when Ryan Beswick cleared the bar from 15 yards after good work from Bogle and Knights. Almost immediately Solihull had the ball in the net after a long free kick from Jay Denny beat keeper Hinchcliffe but referee Yates adjudged he was fouled. Moors piled on the pressure and on 28 minutes Wilson nearly put through his own goal from a Beswick free kick. Michael Nottingham headed wide on 32 minutes as the visitors came back but a great save from Breeden just before the interval saw the two teams close the half without scoring.
Fylde were straight out of the blocks from the start of the second period with Lloyd McGoldrick wide on 10 minutes but Moors were starting to edge the game as Knights penalty shout was dismissed on 18 minutes. On 25 minutes Knights found Bogle in the box who turned and unleashed an unstoppable bullet that hit the cross bar but over to safety. Elvins headed wide as Moors kept up the pressure whilst at the other end Rowe’s free kick thankfully just cleared Breeden’s cross bar. With a quarter of an hour still on the clock Beswick picked out Bogle in the six yard box but Hinchcliffe saved a certain goal with his foot.
Rowe’s low cross right across the goal line thankfully eluded everyone and again Breeden was on hand to deny Lloyd McGoldrick. Beswick’s free kick was met by Daly as the clock ticked away but there was nobody to take advantage whilst the irrepressible Byfield saw his effort on 40 minutes just wide of the mark. With Stefan Moore on the Bogle Moors looked for the elusive opening but it happened at the wrong end of the pitch; in the first minute of added time a rasping shot from Fylde rattled Moors cross bar and as the ball rebounded to Hughes on the 18 yard line the full back hammered it home to give the visitors a late, if not against the run of play, victory.
This was a thrilling hard fought display by Solihull against the league leaders: Whilst the result was disappointhing it should give the team every confidence as they prepare for Saturday’s match at home against mid table Brackley Town KO 3.00 pm
Breeden, Nottingham, Gough, Denny, Daly, Elvins © Byfield, English, Bogle (Moore 89), Beswick, Knights, Subs not used; Taundry, Acton, Fleet, Langdon
Moors lose third in a row
Tuesday, 06 January 2015 16:46
Solihull Moors 1 Stalybridge Celtic 2
04.01.2015 Vanarama Conference North @ The Autotech Stadium Attendance 404
These two teams have met 15 times over the last seven seasons :Moors have won six, lost six and drawn three. Whilst Celtic are not enjoying the best of seasons they put seven past Hyde on New Years Day and on a bitterly cold windy afternoon this would be no walk in the park for Solihull.
Stalybridge started full of confidence and could have taken the lead almost from the kick off when Ennis hit the side netting but that saw Moors galvanised with one touch passing as they took the game to their visitors. Reece Fleet shot straight at the keeper before a miscue from him in defence had Tony Breeden on his toes. It was Fleet again on eighteen minutes hitting well from the edge of the box and forcing King into a good save. With crosses peppering the Stalybridge box Omar Bogle hit over the cross bar and a Beswick free kick split the opposing defence but there were no yellow and blue shirts to capitalise. Beswick was there again on the half hour but was robbed before he could shoot from 5 yards
Darren Byfield was causing problems down the right flank whilst Knights on the end of a long Taundrey throw watched it agonisingly wide of the post. Breeden saved well from a weak shot from striker Cadman but as the clock ticked away was lucky to stay on the pitch when he upended Ennis in the penalty area after slack play from Moors in midfield saw Celtic quickly capitalise on a left side devoid of home players. Referee Tankard pointed immediately to the spot as the Solihull keeper awaited his punishment, thankfully just a yellow card. Ennis dusted himself down to smash home the penalty sending his team in one goal to the good at half time.
Moors were straight out of the blocks as the second period started with Byfield and Beswick going close but were caught on the brake on 50 minutes when McKenna’s cross eluded Elvins but found Holsgrove who converted from close range for the second goal. Solihull hit back throwing everything forward and with Nottingham on for Elvins, Daly spear headed the Moors front line. Beswick fired over, Stefan Moore’s goal bound effort hit a melee of legs, Byfield headed just wide and Bogle hit the cross bar. However, they got their reward on 66 minutes when Taundry’s long cross was well controlled by Moore and although his shot was parried by King, Knights roared in to drill home and reduce the deficit.
With the sleet now turning to fog the pressure continued as Celtic crowded their box and keeper King produced a series of breath taking saves to deny Moors. With five minutes of added time Bogle could have snatched it but King was in the way of his volley and Beswick’s last gasp shot hit the upright. Moors will not be pleased to give up the three valuable points but they simply did not convert the numerous chances they had. Stalybridge were understandably delighted – they came, they robbed and they held onto it!
There is no game for Solihull this coming Saturday but on Tuesday 10th January they entertain league leaders AFC Fylde at home KO 7.45 pm. The defeat leaves them in 7th place and although they are still in touch with the play off’s this could not be a harder match with which to start the climb.
Solihull Moors: Breeden, Taundrey, Gough, Fleet, Daly, Elvins (Nottingham 64), Byfield (Langdon 81), English (Moore 57), Bogle, Beswick, Knights. Subs not used Chamberlain, Denny
Friday, 02 January 2015 13:20
Tamworth 3 Solihull Moors 1
01.01.2015 Vanarama Conference North @ The Lamb Attendance 864
The artic conditions of the Boxing Day match between these two teams had given way to a swirling wing which blew end to end as an unchanged Solihull Moors travelled to Tamworth desperate to get something out of the Festive Double.
Jordan Gough tested Belshaw in the first minute with a stinging 25 yard effort to which the keeper was quickly down but Ryan Beswick’s 18 yarder needed more power. Liam Daly was booked for impeding Hibbert as he advanced towards Breeden but Referee Amhplett totally missed the forwards hand ball which preceded the “infringement”. Justice then that Moors cleared easily from the free kick.
In the difficult windy conditions neither side looked comfortable in the final third . Breeden saved well from a free kick on 22 minutes . Omar Bogle was closed down as he sought to turn and shoot, whilst a dangerous cross with five minutes of the half remaining was cleared by Michael Nottingham as Green came in for goal. Stefan Moore had the last of the action before the break but his cross eluded both Bogle and Knights.
Moors started the second half making better use of the wind which was now blowing towards the Tamworth goal and on 10 minutes the best chance of the game fell to Beswick who took a cross on his chest but blasted the ball over from 10 yards. It was the Moorsman again just a whisker from a one on one as Belshaw advanced from his box. The keeper was fortunate on 65 minutes when he sprinted forward as Bogle came in for the kill but did just enough to concede a corner.
As Solihull enjoyed their best period of the game they failed to safely clear a corner on 76 minutes and from the ensuing cross a superb diving header from Hibbert hit the back of the net to give the Lamb’s the first goal. Manager Bignot made a double substitution on 79 minutes as Fleet and Taundrey replaced Denny and English and almost immediately Moors equalised – Elvins pass sliced through the Tamworth defence from which Beswick slotted the ball to the right of Belshaw.
However this lasted just two minutes before Green got on the end of a high Tamworth free kick to restore the lead. Moors gave it everything as the wind turned to sleet and the match ebbed away; Beswick went close on 87, Taundrey watched his 25 yard looping shot clear the bar and Bogle headed over from five yards out from a corner. In the final minute of normal time Tamworth were awarded corner which was duly met by Green’s head for the Lambs third goal.
Goals from two corners and a free kick tell their own story: Moors need to be much tighter on Sunday 4th January when they entertain Stalybridge Celtic at the Autotech Stadium KO 3.00pm. The defeat sees Solihull drop one league position to sixth.
Solihull Moors: Breeden, Nottingham, Gough, Denny (Fleet 79), Daly, Elvins, Moore, English (Taundry 79), Bogle, Beswick, Knights; Unused Subs: Langdon, Chamberlain, and Byfield
Moors Lose Boxing Day Clash
Friday, 02 January 2015 13:15
Solihull Moors 0 Tamworth 2
26.12.2014 Vanarama Conference North @ The Autotech Stadium Attendance 699
You have to go back to the 2008/9 season to find the last time Solihull played Tamworth in league action when the home result was a hard fought 1 – 1 draw. Our games with the Lambs have always been close affairs and on the back of the previous weeks superb performance at Colwyn bay, plus Tamworth being on an unbeaten five match run, this match played in artic conditions, looked a pulsating contest.
Morrell headed wide on three minutes but Ryan Beswick immediately went close as Moors responded. Omar Bogle drove the ball across the goal but the ball eluded everyone before Beswick again was just wide following a Jay Denny free kick. However, Solihull were undone on 15 minutes following a misunderstanding in defence when an innocuous cross on its way to a goal kick was headed into an empty goal by Liam Daly to put the visitors one up.
Moors desperately tried to restore parity but the slippery conditions were making it difficult whilst Tamworth were effectively closing down Moors usual on touch passing and breaking quickly down both flanks; the combination of Green, Taylor and Jackson needed careful watching but the Solihull back four was equal to the task. Rob Elvins was close from a Knights free kick as Moors took more possession of the ball but were relieved to see the off side flag on the half hour mark as Jackson burst through and had Breeden to thank as he cleared a dangerous goal mouth scramble minutes later. Daly nodded wide from a corner on 38 minutes with Beswick producing a good save from Belshaw as half time beckoned. Breeden literally joined the back four as he foiled Jackson close to the touch line to prevent a clear chance on goal.
With the rain turning to sleet the second half saw both teams going for goal with the same intensity as the opening period although the conditions were hampering accuracy. A free kick from 20 yards was blasted over by Omar Bogle on 49 minutes but it was the visitors who looked more dangerous with Morrell going close and Smith’s 18 yarder foiled at the second attempt by Breeden. Again on 65 minutes the Moors shot stopper did well to get down quickly to prevent Green adding to the score.
As the game hit the hour mark the sleet turned to driven snow as the teams played out the remainder of the match in blizzard conditions. Beswick’s in swinging corner caused panic in the box but the elusive second touch was absent and as Solihull pressed forward they were caught on the break as Taylor rounded Gough and was pulled back as he closed in on goal. Referee Meeson pointed immediately to the spot and Jackson sent Breeden the wrong way as The lambs doubled their score on 74 minutes.
Solihull did all they could to salvage something from the game but were not breaching the Tamworth defence in the final third; Nottingham headed wide from Knights free kick, whilst Bogle found himself surrounded by defenders as he tried to collect a Gough cross close to the six yard line in the eightieth minute. Dom Langdon replaced Elvins on 83 minutes as Daly moved forward to help the attack but Moors could have conceded a third as Breeden saved from Daniels as he engineered a one on one. Daly headed for goal with a minute left but the keeper was well placed to save to ensure a clean sheet and all three points for Tamworth.
Breeden, Nottingham, Gough, Denny (Fleet 60), Daly, Elvins (Langdon 83), Moore, English, Bogle, Beswick, and Knights.
Subs: Laundry, Chamberlain, and Byfield.
Bay Beaten by Bogle Hat-Trick
Colwyn Bay 1 - 4 Solihull Moors
Saturday 20th December 2014 - Vanarama Conference North
This is the fourth season Solihull have played Colwyn Bay in the Vanarama Conference North : Two wins, two defeats three draws plus never having won at Llanelian Road suggested a close encounter, but this match was anything but that: The Seagull’s manager Frank Sinclair described it as possibly the worst performance since he has been in charge but in reality they were not that bad – it was just that Moors were superb!
New signing Stefan Moore stared his first match for Solihull as the Moors gave Bay a lesson in one touch passing from the outset. Darryl Knights saw his shot wide in the first minute as the visitors piled on the pressure and the opening goal duly arrived after 10 minutes play when a Ryan Beswick free kick was nodded down in the box by Liam Daly for Omar Bogle to roll the ball into the right hand corner.
Beswick was unlucky when a 20 yard left foot bullet seemed destined for the top left hand corner but the ball veered away whilst in the air whilst Bogle headed a Michael Nottingham cross straight at the keeper. Seagulls captain Williams brought Tony Breeden into action on the quarter hour mark saving from close range but most of the action was at the home end with Knights and Bogle causing problems for keeper Ollerenshaw who could only watch as the big striker clipped the cross bar on 27 minutes. Sixty seconds later Bogle poked his second of the day when Bay failed to clear in the box following a pulsating move out of defence with Knights, Beswick, English and Moore all playing their part.
Beswick hit the upright from a tight angle with nine minutes of the half remaining but the pressure on the Seagull’s defence paid dividends when Truelove gave the ball away in his own half and Bogle swept onto the loose ball curling it around the stranded keeper for his hat trick and Moors third. Moore brought out a fine save from Ollerenshaw just before the whistle and Bogle saw his effort from the edge of the box fly wide.
Colwyn's defence reverted to three at the back for the second half which did enable them to build better in mid field and Moors defence had to be careful with the pace of Anoruo up front. Nevertheless Bogle was again just off target within two minutes of the restart as he swivelled in the six yard area. Knights tested the keeper from a Nottingham throw as Moors pushed forward but on 63 minutes the keeper could only parry Moore’s close shot and there was Beswick to convert for Solihull’s fourth.
Knights and Moore who had switched to the left flank were opening up the hosts defence and Knights tested Ollerenshaw from a tight angle. Nottingham’s chip on 73 minutes just eluded Bogle, whilst Substitute Reece Fleet missed from 20 yards. Nevertheless It was disappointing with four minutes to run that Solihull failed to clear a goal mouth scramble in a rare Bay attack and Baynes netted a consolation for the home side.
Full Time: Colwyn Bay 1 - 4 Solihull Moors (Half Time: 0-3)
Goals: Omar Bogle (9, 28, 36mins), Ryan Beswick (63)
Solihull Moors: Tony Breeden, Michael Nottingham, Jordan Gough, Jay Denny, Liam Daly, Rob Elvins (c), Stefan Moore, Junior English (Reece Fleet 73), Omar Bogle, Ryan Beswick (Richard Taundry 70), Darryl Knights. Subs not used: Darren Acton, Darren Byfield, Dominic Langdon.
Club Statement Regarding Approach From AFC Telford United
Solihull Moors can confirm that they have received an official approach from AFC Telford United to speak to Marcus Bignot about the vacant managerial position at the New Bucks Head. Club chairman Trevor Stevens has been contacted by officials from the Vanarama Conference club, and after a brief discussion between Marcus and senior members of the club, we are delighted to confirm that the manager will be staying the AutoTech Stadium.
A spokesman said: “Solihull Moors can confirm that an approach from Telford United to speak to manager Marcus Bignot has been received. We are pleased to confirm that Marcus has declined the current opportunity to speak to the Shropshire club about the position.”
Marcus said: “It’s flattering to be the subject of such an approach, but we have been on a journey together at this football club. It is growing and going in the right direction. Although I am ambitious, I feel that the club has shown commitment to me by adding Stefan Moore to our squad and this is my way of demonstrating commitment to them.”
Bignot Adds Moore Firepower
Solihull Moors Football Club are delighted to announce that Stefan Moore has agreed to join the club from fellow Vanarama Conference North side, Leamington FC. The former Aston Villa and QPR striker will join up with his teammates for training this week as the team prepares for their last match before Christmas away at Colwyn Bay this Saturday.
Moors' Manager Marcus Bignot said "It is fantastic news for everyone at Solihull Moors that Stef has agreed to join. He brings a wealth of experience from the professional game and has proven that he can score goals at all levels including this one.
Having worked with Stef at a professional level it was always my intention to work with him again and the timing is now right to do so. This addition will give everyone here a huge boost as we look to improve on our current league position going into the second half of the season.
With the forward players we now have at our disposal I'm confident we can continue to be the leagues highest goalscorers and have the leagues top goalscorer at the end of this campaign. That will certainly be two of our goals we want to achieve with Omar, Stef and co. come the end of the season".