We are thrilled to announce that Solihull Moors manager Tim Flowers has been named as the Vanarama National League Manager of the Month for January.
The Moors won three, drew one and lost one of their five league matches last month and also made it through to the third round of the Buildbase FA Trophy. 14 goals were scored across those two competitions in the month.
On collecting his award, Flowers said: “It’s a reward for everybody – players, staff and everyone connected to the Club. We’re trying to move forward on and off-the-field.
“We’ve had a modicum of success on it. We’ve still got a long, long way to go so we’re not even in the business end yet. There’s still a lot of work to be done before we start getting in towards the run-in.
“It’s a big pat on the back for everyone involved really, so it’s gratefully accepted and thank you very much.”
The team kicked off 2019 with a 2-2 draw against Chesterfield on New Year’s Day at the ATG Stadium, as goals from Jermaine Hylton and Alex Gudger were enough for a point.
Eastleigh were the first victims of the month as they were hit for four a few days later. Hylton’s second half brace added to goals from Danny Wright and Nathan Blissett in the first period.
Flowers’ troops then then made the long trip up north to Gateshead on the following Tuesday night to face a side that were lingering just outside the play-offs.
Liam Daly’s first league goal since December 2017 opened the scoring, before Darren Carter duly dispatched from a Blissett knock-down, riffling into the top corner. The hosts grabbed a goal back from the penalty spot, but the damage was done as Solihull marched on.
A timely break for a hectic league schedule followed as Moors reached the next round of the FA Trophy after a second round replay against FC Halifax Town at home – Blissett with the only goal of the game.
Then came a pivotal moment in the month as Solihull Moors travelled to Maidenhead United. All square at half time despite Daly’s opener, the Moors kept plugging away in search of a decisive moment.
Adi Yussuf, a 78th minute substitute, provided just that. He followed up Jamey Osborne’s shot, which was spilled by the ‘keeper, and was on hand to slot home in the third minute of stoppage time to spark jubilant scenes in the away end and the visiting bench.
To top it off, results went in the Moors’ favour and lifted the team into joint first position – only trailing top spot on goal difference.
The month didn’t end with the ideal result as fellow promotion hunters AFC Fylde snatched a 2-1 victory at the ATG Stadium, but the fight was there for all to see. A draw perhaps the fair result as Solihull finished January in third place and just three points off the summit of the National League.
The Club would like to congratulate Tim, his coaching staff and the players on a fantastic month and deserved award.
Updated 16:10 - 15 Feb 2019 by Luke Turner