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.

Bogle Strike Puts Moors Back On Track
( 14 Votes )
Sunday, 23 March 2014 07:44

stockport1A cold blustery but sunny afternoon, hardly ideal conditions for football, greeted Moors on Saturday in their “must win” game against the Hatters. Anything less than three points would effectively ruin Solihull’s chances of a play off position, but with the wind and slippery conditions this was never going to be easy.

Solihull started brightly with Darryl Knights on the end of a cleared free kick drilling in a shot from the edge of the box but was denied by a fine save from Ormson between the sticks. Richard Taundry’s cross less than a minute later needed only a touch but evaded everyone. At the mid-way stage of the both Junior English and then Dior Angus could not reach another excellent cross from Knights with the goal at their mercy. Stockport’s only chances came at the end of the half with Rob Elvins intercepting a dangerous through ball and then Howard producing their only shot on gaol but an easy save for Jas Singh. The Hatters had a penalty shout waved away by referee Scregg in added time when Geohaghon slipped as he tackled Dennis.

stockport2After a scrappy first half the remainder of the match saw both teams acclimatising better to the conditions but Moors breakthrough came on 52 minutes, Captain Rob Elvins out-jumped the Hatters defence to head down to Omar Bogle who took just two touches before the ball was in the net just inside the right hand upright. It was the Moor's top scorers first goal since returning from his lengthy absence due to injury.



The visitors were caught off-side on 55 minutes preventing a dangerous one on one but Solihull might have doubled their lead when Junior English unleashed a thunderbolt from the 18 yard line, with again Ormson’s outstretched hand denying the Moorsman. English turned provider when he put Knights through on 68 minutes but with the keeper nowhere, the shot was scrambled away by Charnock. English again tested the keeper on 75 minutes before what might easily have been the own goal of the season was saved by Ormson – saving with his chest as his defender launched a surprising volleyed back pass from 25 yards. Moors survived the four minutes of added time by keeping the ball out on the flanks to record their first clean sheet since in thirteen games and taking all three points.



The victory sees Moors up to seventh position, just one point outside the play-off positions as they prepare for the longest journey of the season next weekend at bottom side Workington.

Full Time: Solihull Moors 1 - 0 Stockport County

Goal: Omar Bogle (52 mins)

Attendance: 525

Solihull Moors: Jasbir Singh, Alex Dean, Jordan Gough, Reece Fleet, Rob Elvins (c), Exodus Geohaghon, Junior English, Richard Taundry, Omar Bogle (Jay Denny 83), Dior Angus (Michael Blackwood 72), Darryl Knights. Subs not used: Stuart Pierpoint, Michael Taylor, Gary Birch.

Defeat Sees Moors Drop To 8th
( 6 Votes )
Sunday, 16 March 2014 07:16

13187096925_b756878804_cOn a bright sunny day Moors took to the field knowing that anything but a win would realistically put their play off hopes in the hands of the other protagonists, whilst their visitors, smarting from an embarrassing mid week defeat by Harrogate still had games in hand over their rivals at the top of the table.

On eight minutes Junior English found himself one on one with keeper Coburn following a gift from Marshall but the Moorsman shot wide. Richman went wide with a volley as The Robins hit back whilst the home teams two consecutive corners failed to bother the Altrincham defence. On 22 minutes Dior Angus' free kick from 20 yards was tipped round the post following Moult’s yellow card for a foul on Taundry. Six minutes later Moult hacked down Darryl Knights for an even worse infringement but Referee Johnson decided a stern telling off was more appropriate. His manager substituted him almost immediately. Angus' cross with ten minutes of the half remaining was knocked down by Michael Nottingham but English just could not get on the end of it.

13187074143_3a85a69075Then suddenly it was Altrincham attacking in waves; Walshaw found Clee whose shot hit the cross bar. Clee then turned provider to Lawrie who just cleared the bar, and in the last minute of normal time it was Walshaw lobbing Singh only to see the ball hitting the bar and safely out of play. In the second minute of added time Walshaw was fouled from behind just outside the 18 yard box and Lawrie put in a superb free kick which met Marshall’s head for an unstoppable goal with the last touch of the half to send the visitors in at the break 1–0 up.

With Gary Birch on for Denny just after the restart Moors went in search of an equaliser and a Richard Taundry free kick on 55 minutes was inches wide with Coburn beaten. It was the Altrincham keeper again to the rescue on the hour mark as he raced off his line but was just able to get back in time to smother the ball as Moors pressed on. Exodus Geohaghon's long throws were causing problems for the visitors defence but the final touch in the box was eluding the Solihull attack. Trey Braithwaite replaced Knights on 67 minutes and almost immediately his low free kick surprised Coburn who did well not to spill the shot as Moors looked the more dangerous. Geohaghon’s throw to Birch was well saved and Fleet might have done better after a good run and cross from Angus.

13188174305_9264337b11_zAs Altrincham frustrated Solihull with possession near the corner flags, a magnificent run by Michael Blackwood into the box opened up their defence but the final pass eluded English. Then a limping Birch was himself replaced by Alex Dean as the game ebbed away and despite giving their everything in the four minutes of added time Moors could not break through.

Solihull now sit in eighth position in the league three points off the play offs but having played at least two games more than their rivals. Despite the injury situation, a win at home next week end against Stockport County is absolutely vital.


Full Time: Solihull Moors 0 - 1 Altrincham

Attendance: 438

Solihull Moors: Jasbir Singh, Michael Nottingham, Michael Blackwood, Jay Denny (Gary Birch 50 (Alex Dean 88)), Rob Elvins (c), Exodus Geohaghon, Junior English, Reece Fleet, Dior Angus, Richard Taundry, Darryl Knights (Trey Braithwaite 67). Subs not used: Deale Chamberlain, Stuart Pierpoint)

Playoff Rivals See Off Moors
( 5 Votes )
Sunday, 09 March 2014 08:39

harrogate2Moors have a good recent record against Harrogate but with 4 points separating the two promotion hopefuls, and with the hosts having a two game advantage, this match had all the hall marks of a real six pointer. It was a pulsating opening 45 minutes but neither side was able to carry that on after the interval.

Yet again Solihull put themselves under enormous pressure by conceding an early goal. In the second minute Jordan Gough was dispossessed as he tried to clear and Rowe put in an excellent cross for Hall to tap in. Then on 10 minutes Worsfold outpaced Stuart Pierpoint but Singh produced a fine one on one save to keep his side in the contest. Moors first meaningful attack came on 12 minutes when Richard Taundry’s 30 yarder was wide of the upright. Then as the game reached the quarter hour mark Gough was tripped by Brown as he raced into Harrogate’s 18 yard box and the referee pointed straight to the penalty spot. Ryan Beswick duly dispatched the ball for Moors equaliser sending MacGillivray the wrong way.

harrogate4Solihull were caught on the break from an excellent defence splitting clearance and Worsfold dinked the ball passed Jas Singh but Pierpoint raced back to clear the ball off the goal line. Beswick was oh so close on 22 minutes from all of 30 yards; he then turned provider as he chipped a pass onto the head of Junior English but the ball rebounded off the cross bar with the keeper beaten. This was Moors best spell of the match as they attacked down both wings but the final touch in the box was missing. Town broke with a super strike from Rowe forcing Singh to produce a wonderful save as he tipped the goal bound shot over the bar. With seven minutes of the half left poor defending allowed Worsfold through and he made no mistake as Harrogate went back into the lead. It could have been worse when on the cusp of half time the ball was drilled across the Solihull box but there was no one on hand for a simple tap in.

Although Harrogate started the second half brightly Moors were able to exploit their defence but failed to produce anything dangerous. Marcus Bignot replaced Knights with Reece Fleet and Taundry with Dior Angus on the hour mark and Moors began to look more threatening especially down the right flank but were not putting pressure on MacGillivray in the Harrogate goal. With 17 minutes remaining an in swinging corner from Beswick beat the keeper but again there was nobody available to make it count.

harrogate3Alex Dean replaced Denny with 10 minutes to go and on 90 minutes Beswick was fouled from just outside the box; he curled the free kick at the top corner of the net but Macgilvery got a hand to prevent what looked to be a certain equaliser. This time there was no way back for Moors who drop to fifth in the league, one place above Harrogate.

There is no respite for Solihull who next Saturday take on fourth placed Altrincham at the Autotech Stadium in another must win game to keep their play off hopes alive.

Many thanks to Peter Arnett and Harrogate Town for use of these match images.

Full Time: Harrogate Town 2 - 1 Solihull Moors

Goal: Ryan Beswick (17pen)

Solihull Moors: Jasbir Singh, Michael Nottingham, Jordan Gough, Jay Denny (Alex Dean 79), Rob Elvins (c), Stuart Pierpoint, Junior English, Richard Taundry (Reece Fleet 62), Darryl Knights (Dior Angus 62), Ryan Beswick, Michael Blackwood. Subs not used: Darren Acton, Exodus Geohaghon.

Former Player/Manager Passes Away
Thursday, 06 March 2014 07:40

Former Moor Green player and Solihull Borough Manager Gerry Kavanagh passed away recently after a long health battle. Gerry played for Moor Green for six years in the late 60s and early 70s and also played for Nuneaton, Atherstone, Rugby and Leamington. He was also manager of Solihull Borough for a time in the early 80s. His funeral will be held on Thursday 13th March at 11.30am at Lodge Hill Crematorium with drinks after at Kings Norton Golf Club.


Full Obituary

Young Keeper Joins Moors Ranks
( 8 Votes )
Thursday, 06 March 2014 07:23

deale_chamberlainFormer Liverpool Goalkeeper Deale Chamberlain is the latest addition to the Moors squad, the 21 year old shot-stopper joins the club after impressing boss Marcus Bignot, having trained with the first team for several weeks.


Deale, who hails from Tamworth progressed through Liverpool's Academy and Reserve side before being released in the summer of 2011. He as also been on the books of Atherstone Town, the New York Red Bulls and most recently Worcester City at the start of this season.


He will continue his development under Solihull's experienced goalkeeping coach Darren Acton and will provide immediate competition with current No.1 Jasbir Singh for the keepers jersey.

On-Fire Beswick Seals Trinity Victory
( 5 Votes )
Wednesday, 05 March 2014 07:47

junior1For the second time in three days Solihull did the double at mid table Gainsborough Trinity last Tuesday night. On the back of Saturdays win at home to Gloucester the Moors took another three points from Gainsborough thanks to three minutes of two goal Junior English (pictured right) magic in the first half and Ryan Beswick’s exquisite last minute strike.

Marcus Bignot rung some changes to rest weary legs and give him a full range of options for this coming Saturday’s six pointer away to Harrogate Town. Trinity started brightly stretching Moors defence on both flanks and on nine minutes Moors failed to clear with the ball being whipped across the goal mouth for Davis to open the score with an easy header. Pierpoint was then floored by a wayward elbow and lay motionless for two minutes before Physio Denham got him to his feet and able to resume play. Moors clawed their way back into the game with Ryan Beswick taking up a central role and spraying the ball forward with Gough and Nottingham exploiting space on the wings. They nearly paid a high price on 28 minutes when a shot from Gainsborough took a deflection but mercifully the ball trickled wide of the upright. From the goal kick and a defence splitting long pass, Junior English beat the off side trap, ran with the ball some 10 yards and then placed it beautifully beyond advancing keeper Barnes for the equaliser on 29 minutes.

Not content with that three minutes later Dior Angus drilled a low ball across the goal mouth and English stepped up to hammer his second of the night. Gainsborough’s frustration boiled over when Young hacked Beswick down and seemed to kick him on the ground. With the Moors midfield dynamo in obvious distress Referee Tankard merely issued Young with a yellow card for a foul that would usually have seen him dismissed. From the free kick the ball was cleared as far as Angus who hit it first time from 20 yards and with Barnes unmoving the shot missed the post by inches. With five minutes of the half remaining English had the ball in the net again but it was ruled off side.

In the opening quarter of the second half Solihull continued to pound the Trinity goal. Jordan Gough put a long cross from left to right and Nottingham met it with a thunderbolt which just cleared the bar. Jay Denny’s shot on 7 minutes suffered a similar fate and the match might have been put to bed had English passed to an unmarked Beswick some 10 yards out but saw his own shot easily saved. Pierpoint saw an Beswick in swinging corner skim off his head and away to safety, whilst Knights on the end of a terrific threw ball from Reece Fleet chose to pass when a shot was on the cards.

beswick1Trinity now found themselves back in the frame and were denied by a brilliant save from Singh on 60 minutes, but two minutes later a cross from the left eluded the defence as Margetts, making his debut for Trinity headed the equaliser. As Gainsborough went for the winner Moors found themselves defending with purpose; Singh saved from Wootton on 70 minutes. Two consecutive corners on 75 were cleared from a packed Moors box, with Nottingham clearing off the line. Then in the last minute of normal time Reece Fleet opened up the hosts defence for Beswick (pictured left) to run on to the ball and side foot it home into the right hand corner.

A hard fought win which sees Solihull back up to fourth in the play off positions. Saturday’s trip to Harrogate will not be easy but 11 points from their last 5 games will have boosted the confidence of the Mighty Moors.


Full Time: Gainsborough Trinity 2 - 3 Solihull Moors

Goals: Junior English (29 & 32mins), Ryan Beswick (90)

Solihull Moors: Jasbir Singh, Michael Nottingham, Jordan Gough, Jay Denny (Richard Taundry 74), Rob Elvins (c), Stuart Pierpoint, Junior English, Reece Fleet, Omar Bogle (Darryl Knights 58), Ryan Beswick, Dior Angus (Alex Dean 90). Subs not used: Darren Acton, Michael Taylor.

Beswick Heads Moors Past Tigers
( 14 Votes )
Saturday, 01 March 2014 18:12

celebrationOn what appeared to be an early first day of Spring Gloucester City arrived at an Autotech Stadium bathed in sunshine as Marcus Bignot stayed with the team who had salvaged a point the week previous week at Stockport, the only difference being the long awaited for the return of Omar Bogle (on the bench) in place of the suspended Gary Birch.

In a first half largely controlled by Solihull, Moors were gifted a first goal within two minutes; Ryan Beswick’s 25 yard curling free kick looked to be well covered by Keeper Moore but it was headed over his head by his own defender, Marcus Giglio and into the net. Junior English was straight into action with a fine shot and Rob Elvins was unlucky on 10 minutes when his header from Richard Taundry’s free kick was inches wide.

On 13 minutes a cross from Dior Angus was miss-kicked first by Beswick then by English with the goal at their mercy. Darryl Knights volleyed from 20 yards but was just the wrong side of the upright. As the visitors rallied Jordan Gough made the all important tackle to protect Singh from a short back pass but poor defending let Gloucester back in on 15 minutes when Harris headed home from a corner.

12874664373_2bcee7fc72_cMoors were straight back at their opponents with English and Beswick going close but again were not picking up the second ball with their forays into the Gloucester goal area. Jay Denny brought out a good save from Moore on 36 minutes with a speculative 20 yard drive and English forcing his way through a tight box was also denied by the keeper who managed to get a hand on a goal bound ball. Gough and Taundry also tried long efforts as the first half came to a conclusion.

Beswick’s free kick after the restart was inches wide with the keeper struggling but Gloucester were having their fair share of chances and a potential one on one with Singh was only stopped on 55 minutes by an excellent tackle by Geohaghon. Moors continued the pressure but again whilst they had several crosses into the danger area they could not make enough of the second ball. On the hour mark a great cheer greeted the return of Omar Bogle, back from several weeks’ injury as Moors sought to spearhead their attack and almost immediately he was in the thick of things heading over a Beswick cross.

12874921374_c98d5b0f6b_cWith a quarter hour left on the clock Moors went back into the lead when Angus put in a cross and Beswick rose highest to head the ball over Moore, his fifth goal in the last seven games. Both teams continued to press forward with Moors using the flanks to full advantage but Solihull had Richard Taundry to thank with a goal line clearance from Harris three minutes from time, the ex-Walsall man settling well into the Moors team. Jas Singh produced two fine saves as the clocked ticked away for a fourth game undefeated for the Mighty Moors which sees them two points off the play off zone.


Full Time: Solihull Moors 2 - 1 Goucester City

Goals: Own Goal (3mins), Ryan Beswick (75 mins)

Attendance: 433

Solihull Moors: Jasbir Singh, Alex Dean, Jordan Gough, Jay Denny (Michael Blackwood 70), Rob Elvins (c), Exodus Geohaghon, Junior English, Richard Taundry, Darryl Knights (Omar Bogle 60), Ryan Beswick, Dior Angus. Subs not used: Michael Nottingham, Darren Acton, Reece Fleet.

Moors Have To Settle For Draw
( 9 Votes )
Saturday, 22 February 2014 20:47

Tstockport1his was Solihull’s first ever visit to Edgeley Park to face Stockport County who were relegated on the final game last season. Their stadium has all the hall marks of a fully professional outfit which is not surprising given that just 14 years ago County were in what is now The Championship and they have the dubious honour of being the only club to have fallen; from tier two to tier six in English football. The 60 away fans were dwarfed by the enormous home crowd but equally vocal!

Any over confidence Moors may have felt on the back of last weeks away win at Hednesford was quickly dispelled when Rhys Oates out paced Alex Dean and with only Singh between him and the goal struck a thunderbolt which thankfully rattled the upright. However on 6 minutes a long Geohaghon throw took Stockport’s defence by surprise and Ryan Beswick found himself unmarked on the six yard line to open Moors account. Solihull pushed on and could have doubled the score 4 minutes later when a fierce low drive from Jordan Gough was well saved by keeper Ormson. Junior English had a chance on 10 minutes following a perfectly timed through ball from Darryl Knights but was agonisingly inches short.

Moors continued to dominate but when Elvins was brought down midway through the first half Angus put the free kick over the bar. Stockport to their credit were digging in and Singh needed his wits about him on the half hour mark when under pressure Elvins back pass was a little short but the keeper just managed the clearance as Churchman steamed in. Again Moors had a chance to increase their advantage on 40 minutes when Gough drove accross the face of the goal but there was nobody in place for a simple tap in.

stockport2Stockport brought on home debutant Mark Battersby to replace Moke at the start of the second period and he was immediately involved but his goal bound effort was straight at Jas Singh. However the hosts looked more confident and equalised on 53 minutes from a rare mistake from the Moors shot stopper; Singh rushed out to stem an attack down the right flank but his clearance went straight to Jacobs who found captain Jevons and he lobbed the keeper from some 30 yards. Four minutes later County found the back of the net again as Battersby drove the ball home from a difficult angle in off the far post.

Marcus Bignot substituted Angus for Michael Blackwood as Moors looked for a way back. Gough tried a 20 yarder on 70 minutes and Blackwood fired over two minutes later. With a quarter of an hour left a Darryl Knights free kick was bundled into the net by English but referee Richardson yellow carded him for a deliberate handball.


stockport3As time ebbed away Knights and Denny made way for twin strikers Birch and Taylor and it was this combination that finally produced the goal Solihull so richly deserved but not before they were denied by a superb reflex save as Birch volleyed goal bound from Blackwood’s pass; Then with just five minutes remaining Birch held off three defenders before executing an inch perfect cross from the left wing and there was Taylor at the far post to head home passed a hapless Ormson.

Many thanks to Mike Petch at mphotographic and Stockport County for use of these images


Full Time: Stockport County 2 - 2 Solihull Moors

Goals: Ryan Beswick (6), Michael Taylor (85)

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

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