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Moors Finish Pre-Season Unbeaten
( 6 Votes )
Saturday, 02 August 2014 18:00

michaeltaylorA 1-1 draw at the Valley Stadium was the final episode of the Moors pre-season friendly schedule with those players not playing at Alfreton on the Friday given the chance to impress Manager Marcus Bignot. With the reserve match at Stratford abandoned due to downpours, the weather at Redditch changed from sunshine to teeming rain and back to summer in the space of 90 minutes. Not ideal but a revitalised Redditch side gave Moors a good run for their money in an entertaining game.

For the opening 10 minutes Moors were on the back foot and in particular Jamie Molyneux was causing real problems down the left wing (and would continue to do so all afternoon). Moors had keeper Deale Chamberlain to thank on six minutes as he made a late charge from his goal to force an error as Molyneux was in for a one on one. It was the same again on 12 minutes, this time Chamberlain saving with his legs as the number 11 hit for home.

preseason2014resultsMoors first meaningful attack arrived on 13 minutes when Captain Lewis Hayden set up Michael Taylor but the shot hit the side netting. Five minutes later Alex Cooper was just wide with his bicycle kick from a cross by Taylor in the box. Redditch were unlucky to see Jordan Tunnicliffe scramble the ball away as it rolled towards the goal line, but could do nothing as Moors replied with a Michael Taylor goal following a defence splitting pass from Reece Fleet.

Ben George foiled yet another dangerous attack from Molyneux on 32 minutes whilst Chamberlain was in fine form to stop two potential goal strikes. Nevertheless as the half neared its conclusion Solihull enjoyed their best spell of the match with both Byfield and Fleet going close.

The second half heralded the onslaught of torrential rain as the hosts went in search of the equaliser which duly arrived on 65 minutes following a goal mouth scramble – it was no more than they deserved and the kept up the momentum with a succession of corners. Moors best chance came on 72 minutes when Hayden was brought down after a good run from mid field but the shot from Fleet’s resulting free kick was deflected for a corner. Byfield was foiled with a one on one with 15 minutes to go and despite a late double substitution, Solihull were grateful to settle for a hard fought draw.

 

Half Time: 1-0, Full Time: 1-1

Goal: Michael Taylor

Solihull Moors: Deale Chamberlain, Ben Gordon, Keenah Rosser, Reece Fleet, Jordan Tunnicliffe, Alex Mitchell (Francis Bunce), Lewis Hayden (Stefan Blake), Alex Cooper, Michael Taylor (Kaine French), Darren Byfield, Michelle Gueyes.

 

 


 
Moors Stun Premier Side Alfreton
( 11 Votes )
Saturday, 02 August 2014 07:22

Alfreton won the Conference North three seasons ago since when they have steadily cemented their position in non league’s Premier division and last season they were contenders for a play off position. So this was always going to be the toughest of Solihull’s warm up matches, but what a time for all Marcus Bignot’s strategies to come together!

 

robelvinsAlfreton opened brightly with Lee Stevenson firing into the side netting from an acute angle but on 12 minutes Moors opened their account; Omar Bogle picked up a through ball from Michael Nottingham but shot against the foot of the post, Junior English was on hand with a follow up but his effort was blocked by keeper Stewart, but as Smith tried to clear the danger there was Bogle to force the ball over the line. With Gough and Nottingham causing problems down both flanks as they interlinked with midfield, and Darryl Knights controlling the middle of the park Moors started to dominate and it was no surprise on 24 minutes that they doubled their tally through Aaron Brown who gave Stewart no chance with an unstoppable header as he ghosted in between two defenders. Solihull might have added to the score when Daly met a Knights free kick but Bogle’s shot was blocked and again on the half hour mark when good play between the two big men put Knights through but the ball ricochet over the bar.

 

It was more of the same as the second period got going with Bogle shooting just wide immediately after the restart. There was, however, more determination from the hosts with Bradley and Wood going close and Stevenson’s 48th minute effort producing a fine stop by Tony Breeden. However on 63 minutes a Knights corner was side footed home by Rob Elvins from six yards. On 66 minutes Knights effort was parried by the keeper into the ground and off the cross bar, but from the resulting corner Liam Daly rose majestically to head goal number four into the corner of the net. With the Reds now restricted to long ball tactics they did achieve a consolation goal with four minutes of the match remaining as McFadzean reacted well to a Rowe-Turner cross and slotted home from 12 yards.

 

Half Time: 2-0 - Full Time: 4-1

Goals: Omar Bogle, Aaron Brown, Rob Elvins, Liam Daly

Solihull Moors: Tony Breeden, Michael Nottingham, Jordan Gough, Richard Taundry (Jay Denny), Liam Daly, Rob Elvins (c), Aaron Brown, Junior English, Omar Bogle, Darryl Knights, Owen Story. Subs not used: Darren Acton, Darren Byfield, Michael Taylor, Michelle Gueyes.

 


 
Award For Youth & Junior Setup
( 12 Votes )
Thursday, 31 July 2014 14:49

BCFAOver 150 Grassroots Football Coaches, Referees and Volunteers were at St. Georges Park, the home of English Football on Monday for the Birmingham County FA Grassroots Awards. These awards give Birmingham County FA the opportunity to celebrate another great year for Grassroots Football across the County and to say thank you to the thousands of volunteers who make it what it is.

 

Attended by high profile guests such as Kelly Simmons, Director of National Game and Women’s Football and Les Howie, Head of Grassroots Coaching at the FA, the ceremony was a combination of the FA Community Awards, presented by McDonalds and some additional Birmingham County FA awards.

 

The winners of this years award for Charter Standard Development Club of the Year went to Solihull Moors recognising the fantastic achievement of achieving Charter Standard Development status in August 2013, only 9 months after they initially became a Charter Standard Club, testament to the hard work from Tim Delaney​ (Football Secretary and former Head Of Youth Development)​, Claire Graham​ (Youth Development Secretary)​, Paul Mason​ (Youth Development Officer)​ and the rest of the Youth Development team involved at the club.

 

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"This Award is a credit to all the many good hard working people devoted to the success of Solihull Moors Youth and Junior and indeed the whole club." Chairman Trevor Stevens


The club initially started out in the 2012/13 season with just 2 teams and now currently supports over 30 teams, both boys and girls from Under 9’s upwards.

 

Download the BCFA Video Presentation (13MB, external link)

 

"Well done to everyone involved you should be very proud of the contribution you have made to the Club and to be recognised for this is well and truly deserved. I'm very proud of where this Club stands within Football and the Community." Manager Marcus Bignot

 



 
New League Title Sponsors Announced
( 2 Votes )
Thursday, 31 July 2014 13:44

imageVanarama, the market disrupting van leasing business is the new title sponsor of the Football Conference. The partnership was launched today in the presence of member clubs and will see the commercial vehicle specialists take the naming rights for all 1,476 games a season across the three divisions in 2014/15. To mark the launch of the partnership, Vanarama will bring back the competitions traditional name after a 7 year absence. From the start of the new season the league shall be known as the Vanarama Conference, Vanarama Conference North and Vanarama Conference South. The deal is a statement of intent for Vanarama joining Barclays Bank plc and Sky Bet as one of only three title partners of the top tier of English football. Vanarama will use the Vanarama Conference platform to further build rapid UK wide awareness and understanding of the Vanarama business via the League’s established national; regional and social media platforms.

 

Vanarama.co.uk is part of the Autorama Group of companies. Vanarama are specialists in van, pickup truck and car leasing, where customers lease their vehicles instead of buying them. A company of football fans, Vanarama will support the sponsorship with a series of fan-based initiatives. The first of these initiatives is for each club’s community scheme to earn from every car or van leased from Vanarama, or one of its sister companies through a special Club offer. The partnership was negotiated by sports marketing agency SportQuake who will also assist in managing and delivering the national sponsorship campaign. SportQuake specialise in helping consumer brands and rights owners to deliver commercial and cultural value through sport. This year SportQuake has already completed over 100 football partnership deals including major transactions with all 20 English Premier League clubs. The first game in the new Vanarama Conference will take place on Saturday 9th August 2014 seeing Bristol Rovers FC host Grimsby Town FC at 12.45pm live on BT Sport.

 

image2Andy Alderson, Vanarama.co.uk’s Managing Director, said: “With the Construction sector predicted to play a major role in the growth of the UK economy over the next few years Britain’s van drivers, our customers, will be at their busiest since the peak of 2007. Our research shows a clear fit between our customers and football fans UK wide and as soon as I became aware of this unique opportunity to become such an important part of the national game I just had to get involved.”


Brian Lee, Chairman of the Football Conference said: "I am sure I speak for the whole of the Football Conference family, in welcoming such a competitive and innovative brand as Vanarama, to become our new Title Sponsor. We all look forward to working with Andy and his first class committed team to establish a partnership going forward which will be of major benefit to both over the next few years. Branding is a key element in this sponsorship for Vanarama, who will now be able to link their rapidly growing name, allied to our national sport through our position in it, backed with vibrant media coverage".

 

 


 
Moors Swiftly Dispatch Bolehall
( 1 Vote )
Wednesday, 30 July 2014 00:00

In Tuesday's friendly against Bolehall Swifts, Michael Taylor scored an early goal for the second game running. This time it took just three minutes to find the net. It was a tremendous move involving four Moors players, eventually Gough fed Taylor who made no mistake. Right from the first whistle the difference between the sides was obvious, and with the early goal one feared for the home side. However, the Swifts never gave up and continued to play their football and make progress. There were numerous chances for the visitors, although it took until the half-hour mark for the second gaol to arrive. One of many crosses being headed home by the impressive Lewis Hayden. Two minutes before the break Jordan Gough hit the net after Darren Byfield had been crowded out to send the Moors in 3-0 at the break.

Swifts began the second-half with renewed vigor, yet seven minutes into the second period Taylor shot from an acute angle, the ball was cleared but hit a defender before sailing into the net. The scoring was completed with ten minutes to go, the skilful and hard-working Michelle Gueyes racing on to an excellent pass from Darren Byfield for number five. Moors could have had more goals in the second period but failed to hit the target on numerous occasions.

Half Time: 3-0 - Full Time: 5-0

Goals: Michael Taylor, Lewis Hayden, Jordan Gough, Own Goal, Michelle Gueyes

Solihull Moors: Darren Acton (Oliver Parkes), Michael Nottingham, Jordan Gough, Richard Taundry, Torin Coleing (Sam Delaney), Rob Elvins (c), Lewis Hayden (Nick Cleary), Alex Cooper, Michael Taylor, Darren Byfield, Michelle Gueyes.

 


 
Moors In Olympic Win
( 24 Votes )
Saturday, 26 July 2014 19:12

rushall1The last time Moors played Rushall was back in January 2102 when they won away by a solitary late goal in the Birmingham Senior Cup on a pitch so cold that hardly anyone thought the match would start, let alone finish, as evening temperatures plummeted. This time the weather could not have been more different with breaks needed in both halves for the players to take on water.

Moors started much the brighter of the two teams with keeper Gemmell keeping his side in the game with a series of smart saves. The first denied a well-hit volley from Junior English, and moments later cutting out a dangerous cross from Owen Story. Moors were hit on the break when Ntamark, just signed on a years loan from Hednesford, found Marshall clear in the box but the centre forward stumbled as he looked to shoot. The Pics best chance came from Ntamark minutes later but Tony Breeden was equal to the shot and it was again the Solihull keeper on 33 minutes reacting well to deny a Winwood cross.

Solihull came straight back but Liam Daly's header was foiled by the impressive Gemmell, and it was the shot stopper again on 34 minutes producing a terrific double save from Darryl Knights and then Omar Bogle. Moors persistence finally paid off with the break through five minutes before the interval when Daly met a pin-point corner from Knights, giving the keeper no chance at the far post. It could have been two goals seconds later but once again the home side had their keeper to thank as he parried a powerful strike from Bogle

rushall2With Manager Marcus Bignot making just the one chance during the interval (Braithwaite for Rosser) Rushall substituted four players including Gemmell who made way for new signing from Walsall Liam Roberts but he could only watch helplessly as in the 46th minute a Knights volley rattled the under side of the bar and bounced away to safety. However the home side were now in the thick of things and Breeden did well to reach a low shot from Mugisha with 5 minutes gone. Craner went close whilst Mugisha tested Breeden again.

Moors soaked up the pressure and with 14 minutes left on the clock, Bogle beat the offside trap to shoot low past Roberts into the net. It was the big centre forward again with the chance for his second of the afternoon blocked by Smith. The final opportunity for the Pics fell to Craner who fired wide.

Many thanks to Steve Walker for allowing to publish his match photographs.

Solihull Moors: Breeden, George, Rosser (Braithwaite 46), Denny (Taundry 72) Daly, Elvins (c), Fleet (Brown 72), English (Gueyes 53), Bogle, Knights (Byfield 78), Story.

 


 
Late Equaliser Earns Draw
( 1 Vote )
Friday, 25 July 2014 00:00

Moors previous visit to Highgate saw them let a two goal advantage slip as they were dumped out of last season’s Birmingham Senior Cup at the first attempt. Now with ex-Solihull favourite Gary Birch as their manager, Marcus Bignot used a blend of youth and experience to keep the pre-season unbeaten record on track.

Solihull looked the stronger team as the opening half progressed, but not for the first time the attacks were not providing answers in the final third. Darren Byfields' stunning eighteen yard drive on 11 minutes skimmed across the bar, whilst a well directed header from Aaron Brown from a Trey Braithwaite in-swinging corner produced a good save from the keeper. On 22 minutes Darryl Knights found Brown in space inside the box, but his stinging shot was again well saved. On the half hour mark Michael Taylor was robbed by a finger tip save from a Keenah Rosser cross, but the waves of attack invited the Highgate break which duly arrived on 40 minutes. Lei Brown found himself on the edge of the box and under pressure unleashed a screamer which hit the inside of the right hand post and into the goal.

Gate looked more confident as the second half gained momentum and it was end to end play as Moors sought to redress the balance. The away fans held their breath on 56 minutes as Rosser was involved in a last ditch tackle as Gate advanced, but after some three minutes he gingerly got to his feet and although limping was able to see out the match. Lewis Hayden had the ball in the net on 55 minutes but it was disallowed.

Near the hour mark Cooper and Guyues were on for Hayden and Taylor and Moors were having better success down the left flank. Brown hit the post on 63 minutes, and a chance fell to Byfield minutes later but to no avail, whilst Chamberlain in the Moors goal produced some brave saves to keep his side in with a chance. Then with just seconds remaining Solihull were awarded a corner and the dangerouse in-swinger took a deflection off a defender and crept into the net.

Solihull Moors: Chamberlain, Rosser, Cleary, Taundry, Tunnicliffe, Ballinger, Brown, Hayden (Cooper), Taylor (Guyues), Braithwaite, Byfield.

 


 
New Polo Shirts Available
( 10 Votes )
Thursday, 24 July 2014 09:40

Brand new club polo shirts are now available to purchase at the club from reception.

Both white and royal blue shirts are available at £15 each, or £25 for two.

 


 

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Moors Win 2-1 (Twice!)
( 10 Votes )
Wednesday, 16 July 2014 08:23

juniorenglishA fruitful Tuesday evening for Solihull Moors saw them defeat both Hemel Hempstead Town and Gresley by two goals to one. With players requiring match fitness, two fixtures were needed to give the whole squad the required playing time.


In the game at the Autotech Stadium, Conference South newcomers Hemel took the lead on 23 minutes when a shot from the edge of the box went through a packed area and left Tony Breeden unsighted as the ball found the right hand corner, but Moors were straight back at their visitors; just five minutes later in a sweeping move down the left flank Darryl Knights crossed the ball into the path of the oncoming Owen Story but before he could get his head onto it for a strike at goal it was handled by Thorne for a Solihull penalty. Liam Daly stepped up to smash his second from the spot in three days. Junior English (pictured right) fired in on 33 minutes but keeper Walker just managed to divert it with a finger tip save.

On 53 minutes Aaron Brown saw his goal-bound effort rattle the underside of the bar, and it was the new signing again four minutes later going close as he bulldozed his way passed two defenders. James Potten for the visitors put through a dangerous cross in the box on 59 minutes with Rob Elvins averting the danger and Junior English cleared the resulting corner. Almost immediately with The Tudors pressurising the Moors defence, a loose ball hit Breeden’s right upright but thankfully away from danger.

On 60 minutes Hemel changed their entire team whilst for Moors Darren Byfield was on for Elvins with the versatile Brown taking up his position in the back four. With Knights and Story leading attacks down both flanks Moors were stumbling in the final third and had Breeden to thank on 71 minutes when he produced the save of the match as a close range effort from Cox looked on it’s way in.

Having weathered a period of sustained pressure from their visitors Solihull broke with 12 minutes left on the clock, with Daly finding English in the box with a one on one with Walker, he rounded the keeper and riffled home the winner with his left foot. Moors might have put the game to bed two minutes later when English was brought down on the edge of the box, but Walker was equal to a low driven free kick from Daly

Solihull Moors: Tony Breeden, Keenah Rosser, Jo Ballinger, Reece Fleet, Liam Daly, Rob Elvins (Darren Byfield), Jay Denny, Aaron Brown, Junior English, Darryl Knights, Owen Story.

 

 

deale_chamberlainMeanwhile at Gresley, a strong Moors side also ran out 2-1 winners courtesy of goals from Omar Bogle and Michael Taylor. Solihull opened the scoring inside seven minutes, Trey Braithwaite's free-kick headed into the top corner by Bogle. However Gresley equalised within three minutes, breaking down the left, and Eric Graves heading Mulonga's cross past Chamberlain. Moors were fortunate to go in level at half-time as they had to thank keeper Deale Chamberlain (pictured left), who produced a fantastic save to deny O'Connell from the penalty spot, after a handball call given against Richard Taundry. Solihull made a number of substitutions in the second period, but deservedly scored a winner on 73 minutes, Michael Taylor dancing into the area and shooting in off the left hand post.

 

Solihull Moors: Deale Chamberlain, Matthew Hobbs (Lewis Rankin), Jordan Gough (Nick Cleary), Richard Taundry (Jack Moss), Michael Nottingham, Sam Delaney (Torin Coleing), Lewis Hayden, Alex Cooper, Omar Bogle (Kieran Nesbitt), Michael Taylor (Troy Smith), Trey Braithwaite.

 

 


 

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