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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Clubs To Mark 25th Hillsborough Anniversary
( 8 Votes )
Monday, 07 April 2014 05:59

hi-res-85987120_crop_exactAs a mark of respect and remembrance for those who lost their lives 25 years ago in the Hillsborough stadium disaster of April 1989, all Premier League, Football League, Football Conference and FA Cup matches taking place on the weekend of 11-14 April will kick-off seven minutes later than originally scheduled.

 

The FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest on 15 April 1989, was ended six minutes after kick-off, at 3:06pm in which 96 Liverpool supporters were killed. In the Premier League, Football League, and Football Conference, matches due to kick-off at 3pm on Saturday 12 April will now kick off at 3:07pm, with the minute before kick-off (3:06pm to 3:07pm) seeing a period of silence observed at all grounds.

 

This includes Solihull Moors' home game on Saturday 12th April against Barrow which will now kick-off at 3.07pm.

 
Boston End Moors Hopes
( 12 Votes )
Saturday, 05 April 2014 17:14

13674047685_db92cdd0af_bWith Boston United chasing the final play-off spot and Moors sitting just three points behind them, this match at The Autotech Stadium was always going to be a hugely important battle. Both sides went into the game with identical form – 10 points from the last 6 games – so the result was extremely hard to call.

 

The early exchanges were evenly matched though it was Solihull who were working the visitors’ goal more with long-range efforts from Jordan Gough and Omar Bogle. Sandwiched in between those efforts, Bogle had found space in the box but unfortunately slipped at the crucial moment and the chance was closed down. Jamie McGhee’s low free kick registered a first shot for the Pilgrims, troubling Jas Singh who did well to get down and parry the ball to safety. There was a brief stoppage in play halfway through the half when Bogle and Charles Konadu collided, but when the action restarted the game burst into life.


13674618973_e37abdf8d1_bExcellent link-up play between the attacking trio of Konadu, McGhee and Ricky Miller resulted in Dennis Greene’s men winning a penalty in the 35th minute, as Alex Dean accidentally tripped Miller. The striker picked himself up to take the spot kick, sending Singh the wrong way to open the scoring and claim his 25th goal of the season. Moors responded well and had a penalty shout of their own turned down, despite the fact that Michael Taylor clearly appeared to be hacked down by Carl Piergianni.

 

Dean, meanwhile, was trying to make amends and almost did so with an assist for Bogle, until Boston goalkeeper Lewis King and defender Mills combined to deny him. However, three minutes before the interval Moors did get a penalty themselves when Taylor was felled while attempting to control a high bounce. With Bogle standing over the ball, a goal would have been expected before his injury lay-off but the striker still seems to be lacking some confidence since returning as he sliced the penalty wide, meaning Boston went in at half time with a goal advantage.


13673676283_7e8c2fe7a0_bVery few chances occurred at the start of the second half, but Marcus Bignot’s side found an equaliser just after the hour mark. Bogle’s 20-yard free kick rolled into the bottom corner following a slight deflection which totally bamboozled King, taking his Skrill North tally for the season to 18. Just like Moors in the first half, Boston responded well to conceding and it was only some superb goalkeeping from Singh which kept the scores level when he stretched to keep out Miller in a one-on-one situation.

 

Singh was also on hand to save shots from Liam Agnew and Jay Dowie, but there was nothing he could do about Boston’s second penalty in the 75th minute. Having smothered Miller in the area, Singh couldn’t hold the ball and ended up bringing down substitute Spencer Weir-Daley in attempting to grasp the loose ball. Miller smashed an unstoppable strike from 12 yards which cannoned in off the bar to score his second of the day, and fifth against Moors in the two games against them this season.


callum1Chasing a second equaliser, Moors were kept out by a determined defence and only went close through a Junior English header and a goalmouth scramble before the final whistle confirmed the defeat.

 

The result leaves Moors seven points off the play-offs in ninth, but they are still hoping for a highest-placed finish as they host Barrow at The Autotech Stadium on April 12th.

 

Match Report by Aaron Dunkley, Photos by Jordan Martin

 

Full Time: Solihull Moors 1 - 2 Boston United

Goal: Omar Bogle (64 mins)

Attendance: 459

Solihull Moors: Jasbir Singh, Alex Dean, Jordan Gough, Jay Denny (Gary Birch 56), Rob Elvins (c), Exodus Geohaghon, Junior English, Richard Taundry, Omar Bogle, Michael Taylor (Michael Blackwood 81), Darryl Knights. Subs not used: Michael Nottingham, Reece Fleet, Dior Angus.

 
Board Accept Chairman's Resignation
Friday, 04 April 2014 11:15

nigelcollinsThe Board of Solihull Moors Football Club has accepted the resignation of Nigel Collins as both Chairman and Director, effective from the final day of the 2013/14 campaign.

 

For some time the board have been planning to develop Solihull Moors into a community club under a new legal entity, a community interest company (CIC). The conversion of Solihull Moors Ltd into a CIC is aimed at putting the football club at the heart of the local sporting community, thus giving a voice to all those that participate. With the CIC preparation work well underway, and with many of the club’s debt holders pledging to convert their debts into equity with the new company, following seven years at the helm Nigel felt it was now the right time for him to hand over the baton in an orderly and planned way.

 

The board would like to thank Nigel for his many years of service to the club, and wish him all the best for the future following his retirement from club management. Nigel will be warmly welcomed back anytime to the Autotech Stadium.

 
Moors Draw Blank At Bottom Side
( 6 Votes )
Saturday, 29 March 2014 20:39

Workington are languishing at the bottom of the Conference North seven points adrift of Oxford City and with eight games remaining Moors needed the three points to keep up the play off hopes whereas Workington needed them just a much to stave off their relegation worries.

Workington started the brighter of the two teams which after a 4 hour 30 minute journey to North Cumbria was not surprising and only Richard Taundry’s goal line clearance prevented Fernandes from a goal on nine minutes. But Moors were settling and were unlucky when three minutes later a header from Rob Elvins just evaded the incoming Junior English making his 250th start for Solihull. Dior Angus went close and Taundry would have been disappointed that his effort was high and wide of the mark. Gough and English cut through the hosts defence on 20 minutes, only saved by a desperate but effective challenge from O’Connor. For their part both Fernandes and Abadaki were causing problems to the Moors defence with their sheer pace.

Half way through the first period Jas Singh saved a deflected goal bound shot from Jackson but on 27 minutes produced the save of the day when Abadaki unleashed what looked like an unstoppable shot on target from 12 yards only to see the Moors shot stopper diving to his left to push the ball away for a corner. Then Jackson shot well over the bar having got on the end of a long ball which bounced over Elvin’s head. A powerful run from Omar Bogle at the end of the half ended when he was crowded out but at the interval the goal less score line was a fair reflection of the action.

Marcus Bignot had striker Michael Taylor on at the commencement of the second period as he sought for a way to break through and added Gary Birch on the hour mark to effectively play three up front. The Reds has lost Abadaki following a strong tackle by Jordan Gough and Solihull were now in control. Their best chance of the game came on 62 minutes when Bogle held off two defenders before slotting the ball through to Taylor but with the goal at his mercy his shot from eight yards was over the bar. Moors were advancing in waves and with Geohaghon's long throws making life very uncomfortable for keeper Nizic between the sticks, but still could not find the elusive goal.

Stuart Pierpoint was on in with a few minutes left allowing Elvins to augment the three up front. Birch’s pin point cross to Taylor was headed wide under pressure from Smith and when Bogle was up ended in the last minute of play Taundry fired over.

The one point sees Moors in ninth position two points off the play-offs and indeed Boston United who they play at home next Saturday at the Autotech Stadium.

 

Full Time: Workington 0 - 0 Solihull Moors

Solihull Moors: Jasbir Singh, Alex Dean, Jordan Gough, Reece Fleet (Michael Taylor HT), Rob Elvins (c), Exodus Geohaghon, Junior English, Richard Taundry, Omar Bogle, Dior Angus (Gary Birch 60), Darryl Knights (Stuart Pierpoint 88). Subs not used: Darren Acton, Jay Denny.

 
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