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.

harrogate5With 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.

harrogate4It 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






Gloucester Away Game Brought Forward

Due to the fact that Gloucester City's landlords Cheltenham Town have been drawn at home against Bristol City in the Johnstones Paint Trophy, we have had to rearrange the scheduled Vanarama Conference North league match due to be played on Tuesday 7th October. Following discussions with Gloucester City and The Football Conference it has been agreed that we bring it forward 7 days to Tuesday September 30th, to kick off at 7.45pm.






Reserves Go Top

Saturday 13th September 2014 - Midland Football League Reserve Division 1


Maybe Solihull Moors Reserves thought this game would be a stroll in the park, maybe they were over-confident as Loughborough Dynamo Reserves conceded seven goals last Saturday; whatever, this was a tough game and very competitive. One suspects that Dynamo will be disappointed they did not take a point from the match. They worked hard and put the Moors under pressure. Indeed at the close it was they who had Solihull on the back foot. It will give the Moors Management satisfaction that their charges did not wilt under the onslaught. To win three points when not playing at all well, is surely a positive sign?

A number of the Moors Second String were out of sorts, but thanks to Cloeing and Delaney at the back, and Hobbs on the wing, they secured all three points. Nesbitt up front was a thorn in the Home defence all afternoon and fully deserved his two goals. The truth is, the visitors ought to have scored more. Gorman was specially wasteful. Both sides had left their shooting boots in the changing rooms. A hat-full of chances went begging. Behind the back-four, Oli Parks was a secure pair of hands and keep goal well. There were occasions when his quick thinking saved the day for Solihull. For the home side, Alex Davison stood out. Yet, although they worked hard and kept going, they were always second best.


Having gone ahead in the ninth minute, the Moors should have pushed on to win the game with ease. That they did not: well I refer the Reader to the first paragraph! The result sees the Moors Reserves sitting at the top of the table with 3 wins from 3 matches - an excellent start to the new season for the young Moors players who are already showing tremendous attitude and ability at a good level of non league football.

Next Saturday the Moors Reserves travel to Barwell F.C kick off 3.00pm at their Kirkby Road Ground.


Full Time: Loughborough Dynamo 1 - 2 Solihull Moors (Half Time: 0 - 1)

Goals: Keiran Nesbitt (10 and 81 mins)

Solihull Moors Reserves: Oliver Parkes, Kwame Dsane, Nick Cleary, Stefan Blake (Ben Johnston 71), Torin Coleing, Sam Delaney, Matt Hobbs (Umar Zaman 65), Alex Cooper, Kieran Nesbitt, Jake Gorman (Jeorge Smith 57), Yoann Tsamas. Subs not used: Ryan Bradbury, Kaine Ffrench

Reserves Continue Winning Start
( 3 Votes )
Tuesday, 09 September 2014 14:16

The Moors Reserves travelled to Coalville Town looking to build on their excellent start to the league campaign following their victory at fancied Quorn the previous week and the lads were straight out of the blocks and opened the scoring with just 2 minutes on the clock as Kieran Nesbitt, who had scored two the previous week, netted again. The Moors had the ball in the back of the net again on 7 minutes as Sam Delaney headed home from a set piece but the effort was ruled out for offside. The Moors bright opening was a real shock to Coalville Town and they struggled to get going as the visitors played their attractive, flowing football, creating numerous opportunities that only last ditch defending from the home team ensured the score remained at just one. On 14 minutes another quality move from the young Moors side saw them extend their lead as Yoann Tsamas found Curvin Ellis on the edge of the box, he dropped his shoulder, lost his marker and hit a thunderous effort against the upright with the keeper beaten but the predator Nesbitt was on hand to side foot home from 6 yards. Ellis himself should have scored on 19 mins but he dragged his effort wide with only the keeper to beat. Coalville Town rallied as the half wore on an forced a couple of corners in quick succession but solid defending and keeper Oli Parkes pulling off an excellent save high to his right, tipping a 25 yard effort over the bar, meant that their lead remained intact. However the home sides spell of pressure finally told in the 33rd minute when sloppy play by the Moors saw them lose possession in midfield and the home side counter attacked at pace down their left before crossing low into the box where an unmarked player prodded home from inside the area through a crowd of legs.



The 2nd half started the way the 1st had ended with the home side in the ascendancy pushing higher up the pitch from the off and forcing the Moors to defend deeper and deeper. They created numerous chances but could not break down the resolute and well-disciplined Moors defence and on the odd occasion when the Moors did manage to get out of their own half it was the pace and direct running of Tsamas, Nesbitt and Ellis that really caused trouble for the home side. The midfield were a little ragged in their play, giving away possession cheaply, needless free kicks and delaying the through balls to the strikers meaning that they were frustratingly being caught off side on numerous occasions. On 49 mins, Umar Zaman replaced the hard working Matt Hobbs on the right wing and he was unlucky not to extend the Moors lead after 55 mins when his driving run down the right and powerful shot flew just wide of the near post. Parkes was again called on to make an excellent save, this time with his feet after a home striker was put through one on one and the same player, who was denied by the feet of Parkes just minutes earlier, then somehow managed to blast over the bar from just a yard out after a great diagonal ball picked him out at the far post. The Moors were in desperate need of some respite and they eventually got it on 88 minutes when an excellent passing move saw Nesbitt set clear and as he raced the box and looked to shoot the defender made a last ditch attempt at a tackle and mistimed it completely bringing down the Moors striker in full flow. Smith stepped up to smash the ball home into the bottom left corner of the goal giving the keeper no chance, and securing the result.
Full Time: Coalville Town 1 - 3 Solihull Moors (Half Time: 1 - 2)

Goals: Kieran Nesbitt (2 & 14), Jeorge Smith (88 pen)

Solihull Moors: Oliver Parkes, Kwame Dsane, Nick Cleary, Jeorge Smith, Torin Coleing, Sam Delaney, Matt Hobbs (Umar Zaman 49), Alex Cooper, Curvin Ellis (Ben Johnston 65), Kieran Nesbitt, Yoann Tsamas. Subs not used: Ryan Bradbury, Stefan Blake.

Next week the Moors travel to the Nanpantan Sports Ground to play Loughborough Dynamo, kick off at 3.00pm


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Ferriby Beaten By Another Bogle Double
( 17 Votes )
Sunday, 07 September 2014 08:10

omar1stcelebrationLast Season was North Ferriby’s first in the Conference North where they finished runners up although their best performance against Moors was a home draw, having lost at the Autotech Stadium earlier in the season. At the start of Saturday’s match that stood level on points with Barrow at the top of the league and Solihull certainly had a point to prove on the lush but slippery surface having not made the most successful start to the campaign so far.

Moors had the best of the opening stages with Ryan Beswick going close and Liam Daly just inches away in the box. Darryl Knights brought out a good save from Nicklin before Beswick watched his chip over the keeper go wide of the upright. Reece Fleet and Omar Bogle were both causing the hosts problems in the box. The Villagers were, however, unlucky on 21 minutes when Jarman hammered the ball through Moors defence only to see it rebound to safety off the near post. Breeden then produced the first of several fine saves as he denied Hone from a long throw in.

At the mid-way point in the half it was end to end play; Darren Byfield saw his effort just clear the bar, whilst Jarman headed wide from a corner at the other end. Then on 39 minutes Fleet was hacked down in the 18 yard box and Bogle stepped up for the spot kick which saw him coolly send Nicklin the wrong way to put Moors in front. Ferriby felt they too should have had a penalty when King appeared to be brought down in the area but the officials deemed it was outside the box and the referee awarded only a free-kick which failed to penetrate the Solihull wall.

Within four minutes of the second half, Beswick was second fastest with a one on one with Nicklin but the mood of the game changed dramatically on 52 minutes; As Darryl Knights crossed the ball into the middle of the park, it struck referee Hart and landed in the path of the advancing Bogle who slotted it carefully passed Nicklin to double Moors lead. Some of the Ferriby players were incensed but the reality of the situation was the referee could do nothing and the goal stood. Bogle might have sealed a hat trick when through with yet another one on one, but his lob was not high enough to clear the keeper, whilst Breeden plucked a dangerous cross off of Denton’s head. Knights was again just wide with a well struck left footed shot.

Despite the Solihull pressure the travelling fans held their breath on 66 minutes when Clayton and Denton combined to set-up Fry to score with an acute angled shot into the right hand corner of the net to reduce the deficit and give more purpose to Ferriby’s forays in Moors final third. However the game was effectively put to bed on 73 minutes when Nicklin brought down Bogle just outside the box, the keeper being perhaps a little fortunate to only receive a yellow card. Beswick curled in an exquisite free kick and whilst Nicklin produced a wonderful save from Bogle’s close range effort, he could do nothing when Knights drilled the half clearance into the back of the net for Moors third goal.

The host battled valiantly on, and an outstanding clearance from Michael Nottingham stopped Denton getting one back at the far post whilst the big centre forward was again denied as he waited for a nod in as the ball skimmed off Daly’s head to safety. The referee awarded 6 minutes of added time but if anything Moors looked the most likely to benefit in the dying moments. This was the most impressive performance by Solihull this season against a team who are already widely tipped for at least a play off position. Moors needed to put behind them a dismal opening few games and they did so in the strongest manner.


Full Time: North Ferribly United 1-3 Solihull Moors (Half Time: 0-1)

Goals: Omar Bogle (39pen & 48), Darryl Knights (74)

Solihull Moors: Tony Breeden, Michael Nottingham, Dominic Langdon, Reece Fleet, Liam Daly, Rob Elvins, Darren Byfield, Junior English (Jay Denny 83), Omar Bogle. Ryan Beswick (Richard Taundry 83), Darryl Knights, Subs not used: Keenah Rosser, Lewis Hayden, Michael Taylor.


Birmingham Senior Cup Tie Arranged
( 5 Votes )
Friday, 05 September 2014 00:00

birminghamseniorcupThe 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).


The match will take place on Tuesday 21st October at 7.45pm, at the Castlecroft Stadium, Wolverhampton, WV3 8NA.


Admission prices for this fixture will be £5 for Adults, £3 for Concessions (Over 65s and Under 16s), and Free for Under 10s


‘Thumbs Up’ for Non-League Day!
( 2 Votes )
Wednesday, 03 September 2014 14:48

Thumbs_UpLeague Sponsors Vanarama have today joined forces with Non-League Day and Matt Le Tissier to launch a campaign to break the attendance record at Vanarama Conference fixtures on 6th September, 2014 (Non-League Day).

Core to the campaign is a “call to arms” to recruit personalities who love the game, to put their “thumbs up” for Non-League day and raise awareness. Van leasing business Vanarama will take to social media to encourage managers; players; media; celebrities; and of course fans to post pictures of their support using #thumbsup4NLD.

The campaign will raise awareness of Non-League football to ALL football fans and ask them to go to support their local club on Saturday 6th September 2014 on a day when there are no Premier League or Championship fixtures. The target is to achieve a Non-League Day attendance of more than 50,000 at Vanarama Conference games on the day, breaking the existing record of 39,210 (2012).

Vanarama, will make a donation on behalf of every fan attending a Vanarama Conference fixture to Prostate Cancer UK, the event’s charity. Based on last year’s attendance this will be a donation of £4,000. If the matchday attendance across the Vanarama Conference is higher than 50,000, Vanarama will donate at least £10,000. Full details can be found at

To help raise awareness for the campaign, join Matt Le Tissier and others, and post pictures of you and your friends with ‘thumbs up’ to @Vanarama and using #thumbsup4NLD

Matt Le Tissier, Thumbs Up for Non-League Day Ambassador said: “Non-League Football is close to my heart and the lifeblood of the beautiful game in this country. I am excited to be supporting this campaign and encourage everyone to tweet their thumbs up photos and get down to their local club this coming Saturday. Let’s break the record and raise money for Prostate Cancer UK”.

Andy Alderson, Owner & Managing Director, Autorama Group said: “As a company of football fans, we are excited to be sponsoring the Vanarama Conference, and delighted to be supporting Non-League Day and Prostrate Cancer UK at the same time. We hope to help the clubs attract fans from the wider football family on this special day in the Football calendar. Thumbs Up for Non-League Day!”.

Reserves Get Off To Winning Start
( 7 Votes )
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.


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
( 10 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.


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