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Ebbsfleet United 1 Solihull Moors 0
*The Moors lose for the first time in the league in 2018*
PUBLISHED: 10th Feb 18

A run of five games unbeaten in the Vanarama National League came to a disappointing end for Solihull Moors after a narrow defeat at Ebbsfleet United.

A second-half strike from substitute Luke Coulson was enough to give the hosts all three points in a scrappy game and tough conditions at Kufflink Stadium.

The Moors were first to try their luck in the opening minute as Adi Yussuf collected a Jamie Reckord throw-in before seeing his shot go wide of the post.

Both sides failed to gain any real foothold in the game. Jake Connors delivered a ball across the face of goal for Danny Kedwell, but the striker failed to convert what was a simple tap in – luckily for him, the offside flag was up.

Mark Yates’ men then conjured up two opportunities within the space of a couple of minutes. First, Kyle Storer’s corner fell to Reckord who saw a shot easily saved by Nathan Ashmore. Then Kwame Thomas had the best chance of the game for Solihull. Darren Carter whipped in a free kick that found the head of the Moors frontman who diverted just wide from six yards.

The visitors continued to apply pressure as Kristian Green crossed towards Yussuf who laid it off for Carter to strike over the bar.

A few minutes later, Jamey Osborne picked out Green on the right flank once again. The full-back skipped past Connors and found defender Fiacre Kelleher whose header was comfortably saved by Ashmore.

It was then the turn of Moors ‘keeper Max O’Leary to be called into action. Lawrie Wilson’s cross fell to Connors but the on-loan Bristol City man was there to pull of an outstanding save at point blank range.

Half-time: Ebbsfleet United 0-0 Solihull Moors.

Much like the first-half, the second period began with little to separate the two sides and limited opportunities in front of goal.

Yates brought on loanee Alex Reid for his debut in the hope that more could be created going forward, with the backline of Solihull having little to do.

However with just under 20 minutes remaining, the killer blow came as the home side broke down the resistance and took the lead. Dean Rance surged into the Moors box before Coulson picked up the ball and curled home past O’Leary from outside the box to net shortly after being introduced.

The visitors found it difficult to come back at Fleet with any sort of reply. Opi Edwards and George Carline were brought on but failed to make any sort of impact.

Daryl McMahon’s men were made to defend a couple of late set pieces but ultimately weren’t tested enough as they held on to claim all three points.

Full-time: Ebbsfleet United 1-0 Solihull Moors.

The result still leaves Solihull Moors one point from safety ahead of two vital home games. Dover Athletic visit the Automated Technology Group Stadium next Saturday, before automatic promotion chasers Wrexham come to town three days later.

Solihull Moors: O’Leary, K. Green, Daly, Kelleher, Reckord, Carter © (Edwards 78), Storer (Carline 90), Osborne, Thomas, Yussuf (Reid 63), Hylton.

Attendance: 1,117

Seven One Zero Man of the Match: Liam Daly

Report by Luke Turner/Matt Roberts
Images by Tom King


 
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