Hoping for their first ever win against the Cambridgeshire side, Moors had four changes from the previous Tuesday, with manager Marcus Bignot balancing his squad in the light of minor injuries and the game 48 hours later away to AFC Telford. Histon remain a full time outfit, are a young squad and Moors knew they would need to withstand an early onslaught but they matched their visitors over the opening forays and could have taken the lead on 15 minutes when Joel Grandison’s low cross into the box failed to find a Moors foot, and within minutes a similar situation from Jordan Gough on the left met with the same fate.
On 22 minutes Aron Wint lofted a cross over three Histon defenders but the outstretched foot of Junior English could only direct the ball straight into the arms of keeper Kitscha. The visitors hit back immediately and a goal-mouth melee needed only a toe poke before Matt Birley was able to clear the danger. On 37 minutes Histon’s Michael Built produced a scissor kick in the box which could have gone anywhere but thankfully was wide of the post. Histon then broke quickly down the right flank but Hick’s shot was off target. In the last five minutes of the half Moors were right back in the thick of it as they searched for a half time advantage , with Omar Bogle, and Aron Wint both going close but to no avail.
After the break Darryl Knight was on for Wint and his speed down the left side immediately caused Histon problems as Moors dominated play for the next 35 minutes. With seven minutes of the second half gone, Junior English had a one on one with the keeper but his chip fell agonisingly wide of the upright. Bogle was just wide from a 25 yard free kick two minutes later as was Knights' curler on the hour mark. Peter Till replaced Grandison on 65 minutes and his runs direct at the Histon defence stretched the opposition as Moors came forward. Both Michael Nottingham and Omar Bogle had chances in the box, and on 72 minutes the big centre forward was denied by Kitscha with Knights free to his left. Stuart Pierpoint, a scorer in the corresponding fixture last season, was inches over the bar when he out jumped the Histon defence from a corner on 75 minutes. As the last ten minutes arrived Histon finally managed to get back into the game and with two minutes left on the clock Pelizari was foiled by Singh from ten yards. The last throw of the dice in the last minute of the action was from Bogle yet again so close but wide of the post.
It leaves Moors mid table but unbeaten as they regroup for Bank Holiday Monday’s visit to AFC Telford, relegated last year but having spent heavily in the close season on an almost entirely new squad.
Full Time: Solihull Moors 0 - 0 Histon
Solihull Moors: Jasbir Singh, Michael Nottingham, Jordan Gough, Jay Denny, Rob Elvins(c), Stuart Pierpoint, Joel Grandison (Peter Till 65), Junior English (Reece Fleet 76), Omar Bogle, Aron Wint (Darryl Knights 46), Matt Birley. Subs not used: Luke Connolly, Darren Acton
Club Awarded Charter Standard Development Club Status
Solihull Moors Youth and Junior section has been awarded F.A. Charter Standard ‘Development Club’ status which is the second of the three levels of the respected F.A. Charter Standard scheme. The award is the club’s second such award in just over 12 months since its formation in June of 2012 and is testament to the continued hard work on the part of The Moor’s Youth and Junior Development Team of Tim Delaney (Head of Youth Development), Claire Graham (Youth Development Secretary) and Paul Mason (Youth Development Co-ordinator) and is further recognition of the Moors Youth and Junior section as a well-respected and properly structured organisation within the eyes of football’s governing body.
Tim Delaney said of the award, “I am extremely proud of this achievement as it is our second such award in just over a year and that alone is a huge success. The hard work that I and my team of Claire (Graham), Paul (Mason) and of course all of the coaches, managers and players at the club have put in to achieving the ‘Development Club’ status has all been worthwhile and we are now really beginning to establish Solihull Moors Football Club’s Youth and Junior section and build a reputation as a quality provider of footballing development opportunities for young players and coaches from the local community.
Last season we had two teams representing the club at Under 16’s and Under 18’s level but for the coming season we have more than 20 teams, boys and girls, playing football on Saturdays, Sundays and midweek across the region in various leagues from Under 9’s up to and including Under 21’s, all wearing the Solihull Moors badge and all coached by fully qualified, F.A. Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3 (UEFA ‘B’) coaches and we are looking to develop more coaches over the coming months by putting some of the Youth players through their F.A. Level 1 badge so they can ‘put something back’ into the game that has helped them develop as players themselves. I would like to say a huge thanks to Stephanie Jobson and Amy Sproson from Birmingham County F.A. as they have both been instrumental in helping us achieve both this and our previous Charter Standard award through their continued support and assistance in helping us put together and submitting our application.”
Solihull Moors Chairman, Nigel Collins, said of the award, “Great credit must go to Tim and the team within the Club’s Youth Development section, along with the support from Birmingham County F.A. as this is a tremendous achievement and goes to illustrate the clubs commitment to becoming a fully-fledged Community Club serving children of all ages from the local area regardless of gender or background.”
Stephanie Jobson, Birmingham County F.A.’s College & Community Football Coordinator for Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire, who presented the award, commented, “It is a pleasure to present Solihull Moors with their FA Charter Standard Development club award – a fitting accolade that reflects the hard work that Tim and the team have put in to developing youth football at the club over the last 12 months. The FA Charter Standard programme provides recognition for clubs that are well run and sustainable, with child protection and safety paramount. This award demonstrates the club’s commitment to raising the standards of youth football as well as improving coaching, player development, and behaviour. We look forward to continuing to work with Solihull Moors in furthering their development and congratulations again to all those involved in achieving this award.”
If Jas Singh had an easy day last Saturday against Guiseley he certainly knew he had been in a game Tuesday night as the Moors drew with Oxford City, thanks to a goal with almost the last kick of the match from Aron Wint. It was honours even last season with both away teams winning 2 – 1 and this had all the hall marks of a real physical battle.
Oxford edged the opening 15 minutes but neither side managed any goal bound efforts. Moors were unlucky on 16 minutes when Peter Till produced a wonderful run ending with an inch perfect pass to Bogle but he was adjudged to be off-side. Almost immediately Darryl Knights crossed from the left flank needing only a touch in the box but the ball eluded the incoming strike force. On the half hour mark Till crossed low from the right, but under pressure Bogle’s shot went over the cross bar. As the half edged to a close the game swung in Oxford’s favour, Moors looked dangerous on the break but were not connecting with the crosses being fired in from both flanks. Ryan Beswick was floored with 10 minutes to go but although he resumed after treatment he was clearly in some distress. On 43 minutes Singh saved from Aldi Skendi from virtually point blank range and kept Moors level at the break.
Striker Aron Wint replaced Beswick from the start of the second half, and Singh was called into action almost immediately as Oxford piled on the pressure. On 52 minutes Oxford had the ball in the net but it was ruled off side. Moors hit back with Till going close, and then on 56 minutes Till's pass to Wint, allowed the substitute to flick the ball into Bogle's path, allowing the strrker to surge into the area and slide past the keeper Scott for Moors first goal, somewhat against the run of play. Jordan Gough and Knights both caused problems for the City defence and Wint also went close on 67 minutes.
Oxford, however were looking more and more dangerous and the equaliser came on 72 minutes when Singh - having parried a shot - had no chance as Symonds crashed in the rebound. On 77 minutes a goal line scramble prevented Oxford from going ahead but Moors were on the back foot and only a miraculous save from Jas Singh with five minutes remaining kept the score level. But with one minute of normal time left Moors failed to clear a free kick and Willmott was unattended on the right hand post to slot the ball home. Moors these days however, do not cave in and pressed forward to salvage something from the game, and with almost the last kick of the match Aron Wint collected the ball on the edge of the eighteen yard box and curled his shot over the outstretched hands of Scott for the equaliser. Misery for Oxford and relief for The Moors!
Solihull are next in action on Saturday 24th when they are again at home, this time to Histon.
Full Time: Solihull Moors 2-2 Oxford City
Goals: Omar Bogle(56), Aron Wint(90)
Solihull Moors: Jasbir Singh, Michael Nottingham, Jordan Gough, Jay Denny (Junior English), Rob Elvins(c), Stuart Pierpoint, Peter Till, Reece Fleet, Omar Bogle, Ryan Beswick (Aron Wint HT), Darryl Knight (Joel Grandison). Subs not used: Darren Acton, Mat Birley
Since Guiseley’s elevation to The Conference North three years ago, they have been in the play offs every season, coming second in the league twice. In that time Moors have lost five and won just the solitary match at home last year. All of the history, however, was about to be turned on it’s head as the Moors journeyed northwards to open their account in the first match of the season.
The game was just two minutes old when a Ryan Beswick free kick was scrambled clear, but on four minutes new signing Jordan Gough collected the ball just inside the Guiseley half, dribbled passed three defenders and unleashed an unstoppable shot across the goalmouth into the left hand corner – an early goal of the season contender! Minutes later Darryl Knights volleyed just wide and with Peter Till and Omar Bogle on fire the warning signs were all too obvious. Beswick went close on 14 minutes and Bogle’s cross caused Potts to hit it against the upright.
On the stroke of half time Bogle closed down keeper Drench as he tried in vain to collect a back pass, but the Moors striker dispossessed him and rolled the ball into the back of the net from a tight angle to send Solihull in at half time two goals to the good.
From the restart Moors continued to dominate play. Inside 6 minutes Beswick’s generous pass in the box saw Bogle inches wide, but the big man was not to be denied on 54 minutes when he was brought down in the box by Jameel Ibie and coolly sent the keeper the wrong way with the subsequent penalty.
Jas Singh must have had one of his quietest afternoons ever with just two crosses and one shot to defend throughout the ninety minutes. Solihull are next in action on Tuesday at home when they take on Oxford City in a 7.45pm kickoff.
Many thanks to Andrew Withey of One Match Image for some of the images below
Full Time: Guiseley 0 - 3 Solihull Moors
Goals: Jordan Gough (4mins), Omar Bogle (44 & 54pen)
Solihull Moors: Jasbir Singh, Michael Nottingham, Jordan Gough, Jay Denny, Rob Elvins(c), Stuart Pierpoint, Peter Till (Mat Birley 80), Reece Fleet (Junior English 67), Omar Bogle (Aron Wint 73), Ryan Beswick, Darryl Knights. Subs not used: Joel Grandison, Darren Acton
The very first "Community Moors" Soccer camp came to an end last Friday at the impressive facilities of John Henry Newman Catholic College, Chelmsley Wood. The Free Soccer Camp which was set up as part of the Club's Social Inclusion Initiative led by Director of Football Marcus Bignot, was fully subscribed by 60 local children from the ages of 5-11, from within the North of the Borough of Solihull.
Staffed by an impressive line up, which included Solihull Moors 1st Team Coaching Staff and Players along side members of Birmingham City's Ladies squad, the boys and girls certainly enjoyed their fun filled week with the staff of Community Moors.
One of the many highlights, was a Question and Answer session, followed by a celebratory signing of shirts, posters or anything that came to hand, by Moors Youth and Junior Ambassador, Birmingham and England star Karen Carney, ably assisted by the Blues Men's midfielder Wade Elliott. The Children also met Moors star striker Omar Bogle who handed out medals and certificates to all 60 Children. Many of the children and their families also took up the Free ticket offer to Moors final pre-season game on Saturday against Stourbridge, and the Birmingham City Ladies Sunday Super League Fixture versus Doncaster Rovers Belles.
1st Team Manager Marcus Bignot looking back on a hugely successful week commented "This was the launch week of Community Moors, and every opportunity will be taken to integrate the Club into the local community, from here on in. The vision and hope for the club, is to work alongside other like minded community partners from local authorities, businesses, schools and with other fellow community clubs, to help deliver for everyone living in the borough, more opportunities through football."
Solihull Moors rounded off their preparation for the forthcoming season with a 1-0 victory over Stourbridge on Saturday afternoon. A solitary goal from half time substitute Joel Grandison was enough to end Solihull’s impressive pre-season form and build momentum heading into the new campaign. Manager Marcus Bignot must have been delighted with the right winger’s impact after the sides battled out a mundane first half.
It was Stourbridge who created the better chances in the first 45 minutes and Sean Geddes gave Jas Singh an early test when he drilled a shot straight into the keeper’s hands. Singh was then forced to parry away Ben Billingham’s snap shot when it looked as though the ball would find the corner of the net. Solihull’s first meaningful chance came after 15 minutes when Jordan Gough was bought down however Darryl Knight’s free kick was grasped by the keeper. Stourbridge, who finished second in the Evo-Stik Southern League last season, should have opened the scoring five minutes later, Drew Canavan nearly capitalised on some slack defending when he only had the keeper to beat but blazed his shot over the bar. Omar Bogle then nearly scored out of nothing after a cross by Knights was taken on the chest of the striker before swivelling and hitting a shot across the face of goal. Moors could count themselves lucky a second time when Ryan Beswick lost possession in his final third to Geddes who carried the ball forward and drilled a shot against the post which had Singh beaten.
With Moors failing to create many chances in the first period, Marcus Bignot made a double substitution at half time, bringing on Reece Fleet for Aron Wint and Grandison for Junior English. Having survived the earlier scares, Moors began to dominate the play. The inclusion of Grandison provided Solihull with greater width and attacking intent. After 58 minutes, the deadlock was broken. Knights found space down the left, crossed into the path of Grandison, who took a touch inside and squeezed his shot into the bottom corner. The goal gave Moors a confidence boost and the home side started to up the ante with some nice interplay with the midfield trio of Fleet, Jay Denny and Beswick. Grandison was again causing trouble hugging the touchline down the right, the winger produced a surging run from his own half, skipping past two opposition players before being cynically bought down by the defender. He nearly doubled his goal tally with 20 minutes remaining but failed to control a deep cross by Knights. Michael Taylor, who replaced Bogle with ten minutes left on the clock, pinched the ball off the defenders foot and pulled it back to Fleet who saw his shot blocked.
Moors will be hoping that they can carry their form, winning eight out of nine pre-season games, into the first league match away at Guiseley next Saturday.
In Thursday's pre-season friendly against a West Bromwich Albion XI, Solihull gave up a 2-0 first half lead before an excellent second-half display earned them a sixth consecutive pre-season win.
The first 25 minutes were full of running by both sides without either team looking dangerous, but that changed when Morgan Ferrier opened the scoring after the Baggies cut through Moors defence. That sparked the home side into action with a superb 18 yard effort from Blackwood that just went over. Minutes later Trey Braithwaite floated a perfect corner and Birch’s header was just over the bar. The momentum was, however, effectively stopped with 7 minutes of the half remaining when the visitors were awarded a penalty and Alex Jones gave Darren Acton no chance as the ball ricocheted off the right hand upright into the net. West Brom continued to pound the Moors defence with Liam O’Neill hitting the post in the dying seconds of the half.
Four changes were made at half time and the Moors side started to match their illustrious visitors although Acton’s brave dive at the feet of Jones avoided the deficit increasing early on. Then on 55 minutes Darryl Knights collected the ball some 20 yards out, cut inside from the left and buried the ball in the right hand corner giving keeper Rose no chance. Seven minutes later it was Knights again testing the keeper, but on 66 minutes it was Moors scrambling the ball off the goal line to keep themselves in the match. With 15 minutes to go Alex Cooper was unlucky having teed up the ball only to fire over the bar.
With 10 minutes remaining Joel Grandison danced inside from the wing passed to Knights who laid on a perfect pass to Aron Wint for the Moors equaliser. Three minutes later Knights sent over a menacing corner and Birch out jumped several West Brom defenders to power head the ball passed the hapless Rose for the third. Wint could have put the result beyond doubt with 3 minutes remaining but his shot having beaten the keeper was agonisingly just wide of the upright.
Next up for the Moors is their final game of pre-season when they take on Stourbridge at the Autotech Stadium on Saturday 10th at 3pm. To celebrate the FA's Bobby Robson National Football Day, the admission for this game is £1.50 for all, with a donation to be made to the Bobby Robson Foundation. More details here
Final Score: Solihull Moors 3 - 2 West Bromwich Albion XI
Goalscorers: Darryl Knights, Aron Wint, Gary Birch
Solihull Moors: Darren Acton, Luke Connolly, Samson Joseph, Lewis Hayden, Tom Kemp(c), Jo Ballinger, Aron Wint, Nathan Haywood, Gary Birch, Trey Braithwaite, Michael Blackwood.
Subs: Ryan Walker (HT for Hayden), Stuart Parsons, Alex Cooper (HT for Haywood), Darryl Knights (HT for Blackwood), Joel Grandison (HT for Braithwaite), Trayvon Powell (80 for Ballinger)
Two goals in the last ten minutes gave the Moors a fifth straight friendly victory as they beat Hinckley Utd by three goals to one. Darryl Knight's and Aron Wint both on the score-sheet for the third time in this pre-season schedule, whilst Peter Till scored his first for the club from the penalty spot.
Hinckley had the better of the early exchanges, Moors relying on a brilliant save to his right from Jas Singh to keep the score level. Moors first chance came on nineteen minutes when Peter Till dinked a perfect cross into the box but Aron Wint’s header was over the bar. With 25 minutes gone Singh collided with the right hand upright following a dangerous cross but was soon back on his feet. It was then the visitors turn to attack and a low cross from Michael Nottingham landed at the feet of the incoming Darryl Knights on the edge of the 18 yard box who coolly slotted the ball into the back of the net. Gary Birch went close with 10 minutes of the half remaining and Junior English was unlucky not to capitalise on some brilliant one touch football between Peter Till and Michael Nottingham. As the half ebbed away the weather turned from torrential downpour to hail stones and the score remained 0 – 1 at half time.
The hosts threw everything at Moors after the interval, restricting Solihull to break aways but were rewarded on 60 minutes when a defensive error left Singh stranded and the hosts grabbed an equaliser through Luke Richards. They might have taken the lead two minutes later but a dangerous cross not only eluded the Moors defence but also the incoming Hinckley attack. With 12 minutes remaining Hinckley were again thwarted when with Singh beaten, the ball hit the upright and was cleared to safety. Then with 6 minutes on the clock Aron Wint let fly from fully 20 yards, and his deceptive looping effort left the keeper stranded to restore Moors lead. It didn’t stop there as in the dying moments of the match substitute Nathan Haywood was brought down by the keeper and Peter Till ‘s low penalty increased the lead again to send Moors home 3–1 winners.
Solihull Moors: Jasbir Singh, Michael Nottingham, Jo Ballinger (Trey Braithwaite 65), Alex Cooper (Lewis Hayden HT), Tom Kemp(c) (Ryan Walker 80), Rob Elvins, Peter Till, Junior English (Nathan Haywood HT), Gary Birch, Aron Wint, Darryl Knights.