Under 18s Lose Cup Final
( 7 Votes )
Tuesday, 29 April 2014 14:37

u18scupfinalThe Moors' Under 18 Midland Junior Premier League side fell at the final hurdle as they lost 4-2 to Burton Colts on Saturday in the League Cup Final.

Having moved up from the Under 16 age group last year, they had a tough league campain playing most weeks against teams a year older than themselves.

The end of season Cup competition saw them surge through to the final beaing Stratford Town and Evesham United on the way.

The final, held at Brackley Town's St James Park, saw the Moors go behind early having conceded a penalty, and despite goals from Nick Fletcher and Charlie Evans, Burton's firepower was enough to see them lift the trophy.

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Junior Teams Finish Season With Trophies
( 8 Votes )
Monday, 28 April 2014 09:00

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Victory Completes Record Breaking Season
( 8 Votes )
Sunday, 27 April 2014 08:30

vauxhall2Whilst Moors have seen a 90% increase in attendance figures this season, Vauxhall Motors have seen even less support through the turnstiles and for this, their final game in the Conference North, just 215 enthusiasts turned up including some 30 from Solihull. On a day when officially Vauxhall resigned from the league for financial reasons, only pride was at stake for the hosts, but for Solihull, a record points tally beckoned.

Vauxhall started the brighter side with Tames testing Jas Singh in the third minute. Within seconds Motors were back with Fearnehough’s header punched out but only so far as Mendes whose low shot skimmed across the goal line before Moors could breath again and gradually impose their superiority on the game. On six minutes Reece Fleet‘s 18 yarder just cleared the bar whilst almost immediately Junior English was unlucky as his shot went wide. Vauxhall almost conceded an own goal when the ball rebounded off of the legs of Clair but the keeper raced back to scramble it off the line.

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The pressure might have paid dividends on 24 minutes when Hughes fouled English in the penalty area but Darryl Knights spot kick was well saved by keeper Jones diving to his right. Stuart Pierpoint headed over from a Fleet corner on the half hour mark but on thirty eight minutes from an identical situation, he collided with a defender sustaining a broken nose. He was substituted by Club Captain Rob Elvins, but almost immediately Vauxhall squandered their best chance of the game: Clair crossed over the Solihull defence to Tames who, under pressure, lobbed the out-rushing Singh, but the upright came to Moors defence. Then in the second minute of added time Jordan Gough volleyed from the far left into the Vauxhall box and there was Michael Taylor whose diving header gave Moors the lead seconds before the referee blew for half time.

As the second period gathered momentum, Solihull doubled their lead on 58 minutes when Fleet laid on an inch perfect through pass to Knights who beat the off side trap before slotting home passed the hapless Jones. Gough and Nottingham were stretching Motors with over lapping rune down both flanks but in the final third that elusive third goal would not come. With ten minutes of the season remaining the Motormen pushed forward, hoping to bow out of the non-league pyramid with a goal. Substitute Ellams skipped found Mendes some 20 yards out but the ball rebounded off the bar and was scrambled away. Both Fearnehough and Tames tried speculative shots from a long way out whilst in the final minute Dior Angus was close to extending Moors lead but wide.

solihull-06This was a comfortable win for Moors which sees them end the season with 65 points, their highest since the formation of the club in 2007. Eighth position in the league is the second best finish during the same period. Solihull have for the first time two players in the leagues top 12 scorers, Omar Bogle with 17 and Ryan Beswick with 15 – who knows what they might have achieved without the injuries which have seen them both sidelined for many weeks. Jas Singh has finished the season with 15 clean sheets, a remarkable achievement.

 

Images from Colin McPherson

 

Full Time: Vauxhall Motors 0 - 2 Solihull Moors

Goals: Michael Taylor (45), Darryl Knights (58)

Solihull Moors: Jasbir Singh, Michael Nottingham, Jordan Gough, Exodus Geohaghon, Stuart Pierpoint (Rob Elvins), Reece Fleet, Josh Hawker (Mathew Birley), Junior English, Michael Taylor (Dior Angus), Darryl Knights. Subs not used: Alex Dean, Gary Birch

 
Skipper Takes The Plaudits
( 8 Votes )
Thursday, 24 April 2014 14:29

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The End of Season Awards proved to be a resounding success for Captain Rob Elvins in his first season with the club, as he picked up no less than three awards. Rob (pictured left with Director Trevor Stevens) won both the Supporters and Fans Forum award, as well as the hotly coveted Player's Player of the Season trophy.

Three players picked up long service awards; Stuart Pierpoint (100 starts), Jasbir Singh (150), and all-time leading appearance holder Junior English (250) all received recognition for having reached these milestones during this season.

Omar Bogle picked up the Top Goalscorer trophy, whilst Ryan Beswick received the Player of the Season award chosen by the Players' Sponsors.

 

Awards In Full - 2013-14 Season

Special Recognition Award - 250 Starts - Junior English
Special Recognition Award - 150 Starts - Jas Singh
Special Recognition Award - 100 Starts - Stuart Pierpoint
Top Goalscorer - Omar Bogle
Fans Forum Player of the Season - Rob Elvins
Player Sponsors Player of the Season - Ryan Beswick
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Charity Day A Success!
( 5 Votes )
Thursday, 24 April 2014 14:15

u11girlsbhamchildMonday's Charity Day in support of Birmingham Children's Hospital's Red Balloon Charity raised £660 for this excellent cause. Organised by Moors Assistant Manager Karl Broadhurst whose two children both required treatment at the hospital, both players, staff and supporters helped raise money for their continuing good work.

 

Many thanks to our Under 11s Girls Team (right) who made a bucket collection before the game, and to both supporters of AFC Telford United  and Solihull Moors who gave generously on the day, and showed their support by wearing Red.

 

Thanks also to AFC Telford United for allowing the Moors to wear their Red away kit to help raise awareness for this good cause.

 
Recognition For 50 Years Service
( 3 Votes )
Thursday, 24 April 2014 08:27

chairmanOutgoing Chairman Nigel Collins has been recognised by the Football Association in recognition of completing fifty years service to football.

 

Nigel's fifty years continuous service to football involved three clubs – Alvechurch for thirty-two years, Worcester City three years and then Moor Green and Solihull Moors for the last twenty years.

 

The award was presented at Nigel's last home match as Chairman of Solihull Moors on Monday against AFC Telford United, after his decision to stand down announced earlier this month.

 

Birmingham County FA Chairman Mike Penn was on hand to present the award.

 
Moors Hold Title Favourites To Draw
( 6 Votes )
Tuesday, 22 April 2014 08:01

juniorcelebrationMoors final home game of the season on a Sunny Bank Holiday Monday saw the visit of second in the table AFC Telford United along with some 500 of their fans saw, the second biggest gate at the Autotech Stadium. With North Ferriby losing, Telford needed a win to secure the League title and promotion back to the Premier league at the first attempt but Solihull usually do well against their Shropshire rivals, and had other plans!

The game had the worst possible start when after four minutes Richard Taundry was badly fouled and the influential ex-Walsall midfielder was carried off the pitch in considerable distress. Josh Hawker replaced him and if Telford thought this would make life easier for them, they were in for a big surprise: On six minutes Michael Taylor crossed from the left side of the box to the waiting Reece Fleet who from 18 yards hammered the ball past goalkeeper Young to put Solihull in front. Telford hit back from the restart and Grogan was unlucky when his goal-bound effort on eight minutes smashed against the cross bar. On 12 minutes both Young and Grand misjudged the bounce of a Moors cross and in darted the irrepressible Junior English to produce a sublime overhead kick to double the score.

reeceshotThis galvanised the visitors and Solihull had to defend waves of attacks, with Telford's Shaun Whalley - on loan from Luton Town - proving a real threat down the right flank, whilst left back Baynes' looping crosses into the box were proving a danger. Jordan Gough took a painful strike in his stomach as Whalley charged towards goal, but on 21 minutes Solihull failed to deal with a goal mouth scramble and a header from Grogan hit Pierpoint on its way into the net as Telford clawed one back.

telford2On 22 minutes Darryl Knights having skimmed passed three defenders saw his shot deflected for a corner from which Stuart Pierpoint's glancing header might have restored the balance. At the other end Whalley was stretching the Solihull defence but time and time again met his match with perfectly timed tackles from captain Rob Elvins. Taylor was caught off side with a one on one with the keeper and Gough failed to capitalise on a foul on Knights when his free kick was easily cleared.

As half time approached Whalley crossed from the right and the ball glanced the hand of the unfortunate Gough - the referee awarding a penalty, which Farrell drove to Singh’s right, but the Moors keeper produced another brilliant save to send his team in at the break 2-1 up.

Telford went close within two minutes of the restart but with Elvins martialling his defence by example and Taylor causing all manner of problems up front, it was end to end football. Whalley had swapped to the left flank and with only Singh in his way lobbed the keeper on 57 minutes but the ball was wide. The Moors shot stopper denied striker Farrell on the hour mark, but could do nothing when Grogan prodded home from two yards on 62 minutes as Moors again failed to clear. Clancy’s screamer on 65 minutes produced another typical Singh save but something was needed to stem the procession of Telford attacks; That came as manager Bignot swapped Taylor for Gary Birch and the big man’s presence up front plus better use of the wings from Gough and Nottingham coupled with battling Fleet and Denny behind the front line, turned the tide.

telford1Singh foiled Gray with a one on one but Solihull were now starting to stretch the Telford defence. They had to wait, however, until the second minute of added time when from a Fleet free kick from 35 yards, Birch out jumped the defence but with the keeper beaten, the ball agonisingly missed the target by inches.

 

Full Time: Solihull Moors 2 - 2 AFC Telford United

Goals: Reece Fleet (6), Junior English (12)

Attendance: 834

Solihull Moors: Jasbir Singh, Michael Nottingham, Jordan Gough, Jay Denny, Rob Elvins, Stuart Pierpoint, Reece Fleet, Richard Taundry (Josh Hawker 4 (Exodus Geohaghon 85)), Junior English, Michael Taylor (Gary Birch 65), Darryl Knights. Subs not used: Alex Dean, Javia Roberts.

 
Solihull See Off Struggling Stutes
( 11 Votes )
Sunday, 20 April 2014 09:15

histon4Since their relegation from The Conference Premier three seasons ago Histon have been a thorn in Moors side: Played five, lost two, drawn three, with Solihull never having scored against them away and only managing one goal at home. Notwithstanding the current injury problem that was about to change!

 

On eight minutes Darryl Knights tested the keeper with a rasping 25 yarder which was cleared only as far as captain Jay Denny whose first time volley was inches wide of the post. A minute later it was Knights again feeding Junior English as the Moors centre forward out-ran two defenders before pushing home the first goal through the legs of keeper Kitscha. As Solihull pressed forward Jordan Gough’s fierce shot was well saved, but Histon hit on the break and were unlucky to see Relizani’s pass across the goal mouth evade the attack, whilst a 40 yard screamer from Built needed all of Jas Singh’s ability to keep his side in front.

histon2Moors pushed forward in waves: Michael Taylor picked up yet another Gough cross but fired inches over, Geohaghon was penalised as he bustled through the Histon defence, and Gough - on the end of an Alex Dean run - shot just over the bar. On the half hour mark Taylor was denied with only Kitscha to beat and English then lobbed the keeper but his shot just cleared the crossbar. Denny powered through the middle of the park but his pass was not picked up in the box with ten minutes to go and Geohaghon’s trade mark long throws had the Histon defence in trouble. As the first half neared its conclusion Histon were awarded a free kick some 25 yards out and Libertucci’s shot smashed against the cross bar but in essence that was the end of any danger from the hosts.

histon3Solihull, if anything played even better free flowing football, not withstanding the rock hard pitch, as they dominated the second half and it took only six minutes for them to double the lead: Geohaghon’s long throw into the box was powerfully headed down towards the left hand corner of the goal by Stuart Pierpoint, and although Kitscha produced a brilliant one handed save, Michael Taylor was at the post to smash the ball in. Eight minutes later it was the inspirational Knights turn to add to the tally as Gough’s pin point cross was volleyed in by the midfielder. It should have been four on 70 minutes when Taylor’s goal bound effort was handled by de Havilland but Fleet skied the penalty out of the ground.

Gough’s 25 yard bullet rattled the cross bar on 73 minutes, Pierpoint was so close two minutes later from a Fleet corner, and Gough was a whisker away with the goal at his mercy. Fleet nearly made amends for the earlier penalty when his shot from the edge of the box just cleared the bar as Singh enjoyed one of his quietest halves of the season.

histon1A great team performance which elevates Solihull to eighth in the league. Now Moors must ready themselves for Easter Monday’s match against title contenders AFC Telford before the seasons climax next Saturday away to Vauxhall Motors.

 

Photos courtesy of Sam Hopkin

 

Full Time: Histon 0 - 3 Solihull Moors

 

Goals: Junior English (9), Michael Taylor (52), Darryl Knights (59)

 

Solihull Moors: Jasbir Singh, Alex Dean, Jordan Gough, Jay Denny (c), Stuart Pierpoint, Exodus Geohaghon, Reece Fleet, Josh Hawker, Junior English, Michael Taylor, Darryl Knights (Javia Roberts 88). Subs not used: Michael Nottingham, Rob Elvins, Richard Taundry, Omar Bogle.

 
Moors Defeated by Bluebirds
( 9 Votes )
Sunday, 13 April 2014 08:46

barrow1With mounting injuries, including Club Captain Rob Elvins, it was not Marcus Bignot’s strongest team who faced a resurgent Barrow on Saturday and with little to play for in terms of promotion, this had all the hall marks of an end of season encounter. The game started at 3.07 pm after a minutes silence to mark the 25th anniversary of the Hillsborough tragedy – a match that was abandoned after only six minutes and resulted in the death of 96 fans. It remains the worst football disaster in English history.

 

Barrow started the more brightly and ex-Wrexham striker Nick Rushton wasted a clear chance on 3 minutes as he miss-kicked with only Singh to beat. Moors woes were compounded on 17 minutes when stand-in skipper Richard Taundrey limped off to be replaced by Jay Denny. A shout for a penalty was waived away by Referee Stretton when Michael Taylor looked to have been up ended on the area, but despite the hosts matching their opponents on the middle of the park, the cutting edge up front was missing. Omar Bogle was clattered to the ground on 24 minutes and was replaced by Gary Birch ten minutes later.

 

barrow2Arnison went close for Barrow with a 20 yard shot which just cleared the bar, but their first goal in the final minute of the half had more to do with poor defending than any real danger from the Bluebirds, Solihull failed to deal with an innocuous cross from Lacey to Rushton and in the goal mouth tangle he found Burns on the left of the post whose weak effort was just enough to defy the outstretched hand of Jas Singh. A one goal deficit at the interval was a fair reflection of the half but with the wind at their backs Moors needed to up the pressure from the restart.

 

barrow3Solihull looked more determined as the match resumed with wing backs Dean and Gough pushing their side forward but again nothing positive was happening in the final third. Michael Taylor was scythed down on 53 minutes for a free kick just outside the box which Angus drilled well over. Rushton's overhead kick was well saved by Singh before Moors best chance (and first shot on target) on 79 minutes saw the advancing Taylor with a one on one with keeper McMillan but he was thwarted by an outstanding one handed diving save.

 

Moors pushed forward with Pierpoint and Birch both seeing their headers over the wood work but were caught on the break with seven minutes to play when Rushton, who had been a thorn in Moor’s side all afternoon, found Lacey just inside the box and his low drive was straight into the left hand corner of the net to double the Barrow lead.

 

Moors play away at second from bottom Histon next Saturday before hosting league Leaders AFC Telford at home on Easter Monday kick off 3.00 pm

 

Full Time: Solihull Moors 0 - 2 Barrow

Attendance: 343

Solihull Moors: Jasbir Singh, Alex Dean, Jordan Gough, Reece Fleet, Stuart Pierpoint, Exodus Geohaghon, Josh Hawker (Javia Roberts), Richard Taundry (Jay Denny), Omar Bogle (Gary Birch), Michael Taylor, Dior Angus. Subs not used: Michael Nottingham, Darryl Knights.

 

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U11s PPP Cup Winners
( 3 Votes )
Friday, 11 April 2014 00:00

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Broadhurst Gets Behind Charity Day
( 8 Votes )
Thursday, 10 April 2014 00:00

broads"The idea for this fund raising initiative came about through my kids. Both my kids have had to have treatment at Birmingham Children's hospital for potentially serious conditions. Both have to be monitored for the next few years but are luckily OK.

My original idea was to run the Birmingham Marathon but because of my back operation just before Xmas that has now become impossible to do, so the AFC Telford Utd game came to mind, in that it is a local derby so hopefully a big crowd to raise money and awareness, and also I spent a short time at at the club a few years back under Andy Sinton, so there is that connection.

telfordposterWe will have a bucket collection throughout the game and every penny we raise will go straight to the Hospital's 'Red Balloon Charity'. The message is to wear red to the game to show your support, the first team will wear the away kit which is predominantly red to show their support and all the players and staff are also making personal cash donations.

I think it is a great cause and a chance for both teams to support a really fantastic local charity - I sincerely hope you will all dig deep and donate what you can, and can I thank you for your support. I must also say a huge thanks to The Football Conference and also to the Board of Directors at AFC Telford Utd for supporting this initiative, and especially for allowing us to wear our away kit for the match"

Karl Broadhurst (Solihull Moors F.C. Assistant Manager)

 

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